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‘Good business for Everton’: BBC pundit Danny Murphy says Toffees must sign Tottenham star Dele Alli

Pete Lynch December 16, 2020
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Tottenham star Dele Alli should be “thrown into the mix” at Everton in January, according to BBC pundit Danny Murphy.

Murphy, who also played in midfield for Spurs, told talkSPORT that Carlo Ancelotti should be considering a move for the 24-year-old in the upcoming transfer window.

The Italian guided his club to a stunning start to the new campaign, but the Toffees have slipped down the table in recent weeks.

The Merseyside outfit have just two wins in their last eight league games, a run of form that has seen them drop to eighth in the current standings.

“He’s not become a bad player overnight”

“If you throw Dele Alli at his best into the mix with Richarlison, James Rodriguez and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, that starts to sound very appealing as a front four,” said Murphy.

“Obviously, Everton’s problems more recently have been defensive but let’s look at it from an attacking point of view, what does Dele bring you when he’s at it?

“Tremendous movement off the ball, a good finisher, good awareness in the box, assists were high in his first few seasons for Tottenham. He’s not become a bad player overnight.”

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Frustrating campaign for Spurs star

Alli has made just one Premier League start all season under Jose Mourinho, where he played 45 minutes in the opening day defeat to Ancelotti’s side.

Since then he has been given just 26 minutes of league action, with five of those coming in Sunday’s draw at Crystal Palace.

Murphy added that the situation could be linked to the player’s attitude, but believes a move to Goodison Park certainly makes sense if no such problem exists.

“I don’t know where his head’s at or what his attitude is like but if you are asking me to judge him on footballing talent that I’ve seen and the way he plays the game, then I think that will be good business for Everton,” added Murphy.

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Freelance sports journalist from Derry/Londonderry with experience at Sky Sports News and the International University Sports Federation. Huge Liverpool and Northern Ireland fan.