Dele Alli flopped because he was ‘not a training player’, team-mate reveals as he lifts lid on tough Everton spell


DELE ALLI failed to make the grade at Everton because he was a bad trainer.

That is the view of Toffees star Alex Iwobi, who lifted the lid on Alli’s tough time at Goodison Park.

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Alli, 27, has been on a downward spiral since hitting astronomical heights in his early career at Tottenham.

The attacking midfielder left Spurs to head to Everton in January 2022, before winding up frozen out while on loan at Besiktas little more than a year later.

Speaking on about Alli’s time at Everton, team-mate Iwobi told the FilthyFellas podcast: “With him (Alli), he will say it himself, he isn’t a training player.

“Unless it’s a match in training and then you see Dele perform.

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“When it comes to training matches, he is a joke. When it comes to drills – he tries, but because he’s slow with it.

“When it comes to games, he will score and assist or something.

“It was hard for him to play. If you’re not just doing it in training, and at the time, the manager needed reliable players. 

“He (Frank Lampard) couldn’t really put his trust in him. We all know Dele could have performed.”


Iwobi’s comments echo those of Jose Mourinho in Tottenham’s edition of Amazon’s All or Nothing series.

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In the docuseries, Mourinho called out Alli during a team talk before saying: “I understand already that you are a f***ing lazy guy in training.”

Alli’s career has continued to flounder, being pictured surrounded by gas canisters last month.

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