AS Monaco sporting director Paul Mitchell is optimistic that Everton attacking midfielder Dele Alli will find his lost rhythm after his proposed move to Turkey.
The England international is set to join Besiktas, with a wage deal and his medical to take place on Friday August 19 ahead of a first loan switch. [Fotomac].
Mitchell, who is credited with discovering the 26-year-old, in an interview with Get Football News France, said a transfer offer could bring the former Alli back.
“Obviously I know Dele very well,” he said. “He’s a phenomenally talented footballer. He just seems to have lost a bit of rhythm at this point in his career.
“I don’t think his quality is ever in doubt. I think he’s looking for that place where he can get back to his best shape.
“It happens in people’s careers, it happens in players’ careers. If Dele thinks he needs this change of pace, this new chapter, this new platform, even a new culture to reinvigorate his best performances, then I’m a big supporter.
“I’ve known Dele since he was 11 years old, and he’s always been that player that the bigger the challenge, the bigger the platform, the better he responds. By challenging himself on the world stage hopefully -le, it can bring him back to his best level.
“As a huge fan and someone who has watched him since he was a schoolboy, and who is actively involved in reviewing his career and wishing him the best, I hope this decision brings him back to the highest level.”
Alli’s time with Everton is apparently coming to an end, less than a year after leaving Tottenham Hotspur and becoming the first of two signings for manager Frank Lampard.
Fast forward and it’s clear he’s not liked by the manager who clearly wants to use other options in front of him and therefore, it’s important the 26-year-old secures this move.
As we’ve seen in the past, a change of scenery can bring out the best in someone and Alli and his fans hope for the same.
It is important for the player to understand that with each passing year his performance graph decreases and the opportunities become limited.
Therefore, the England international needs to make the most of the opportunity he is about to have to play in Turkey and ensure that he returns to his best as he was on his debut with the Spurs.