Lampard Explains Dele Alli Hopes after Leicester Draw

 Lampard Explains Dele Alli Hopes after Leicester Draw

Everton’s DELE ALLI came off the bench to help Everton earn a point against Leicester on Wednesday night.

Dele Alli’s cameo appearance in Everton’s 1-1 draw with Leicester might be “a major starting point” for the midfielder, according to Frank Lampard. Alli came off the bench in the 58th minute and was instrumental in Richarlison’s injury-time equalizer, which might be key in the club’s efforts to avoid relegation.

Following a deflection from Kelechi Iheanacho, Harvey Barnes turned in James Maddison’s low cross at the back post to give Leicester an early lead. Before Alli helped turn the tide, Richarlison wasted two golden chances to tie the game.



After joining Everton from Tottenham in a January transfer that may be worth £40 million depending on performance-related add-ons, Alli has had a difficult start to his career. Lampard chose the 26-year-old midfielder as an impact replacement on Wednesday night after he had failed to make an impression in his previous six Premier League substitute appearances.

Alli knocked Timothy Castagne off a bouncing ball at the corner flag in the 92nd minute before crossing low into the box, where the ball fell at Richarlison’s feet following a touch from Salomon Rondon. Everton moved four points clear of 18th-placed Burnley after Richarlison’s bobbled a finish into the bottom corner, earning Alli praise from his manager.

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“Clearly he has done that in training, and then you get your bit of luck or something happens for you and that happened with Dele. He deserves it. He ran into the corner, he bullies someone and gets the ball back into the box and we score off it. I was really pleased with that part of it from him and hopefully that can be a big starting point for him.”

Alli has been limited to seven appearances off the bench since swapping Tottenham for Everton in January but Lampard insists he was not expecting an instant impact from the midfielder, who has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal. “I don’t think the story was ever going to be simple with Dele,” he added.

“We know the situation he came to us in terms of how the last couple of seasons have looked and the high level he reached for a big period of time at Tottenham.


“Sometimes you have to work and fight through things and we are in that process with him. I have a big level of communication with him and I explain a lot to him in terms of the demands of training and application and being ready for whenever that moment comes.”