Dele's Tottenham time set to end
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur at The King Power Stadium on January 19, 2022 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

After a tough few years, Dele Alli is set to join Everton from Tottenham Hotspur.

According to Fabrizio Romano, a full permanent agreement has been reached with Tottenham subject to a medical in the next few hours. This becomes the Premier League sides 2nd signing since Frank Lampard took over, with Donny Van De Beek also joining today.

Ever since the start of the January transfer window, it was expected that the English playmaker would move on.

Earlier today, The Athletic reported that Valencia were interested in securing his signature. However, it seems that the Merseyside club have won the race for him. 

According to Matt Law, the initial fee for the 25-year-old is expected to be for free, however if he features in 20 games, then Everton will be forced to pay £10 million for the MK Dons prodigy.

The deal will see Dele link up with the likes of Abdoulaye Doucoure and Allan in the Merseyside midfield. 

  • What went wrong for Dele?

After a sensational few years, the Englishman has struggled to live up to the quality he showed in the 2016/17 season.

With just 14 goals since the 2017/18 season, Dele's qualities have come under question.

When Antonio Conte arrived a few months back, he believed everyone deserved a chance to fight for their place. Since then, Dele has featured just twice in the starting line up within the Premier League games. 

His performances, albeit improved from the Nuno Espirito Santo era, were still of a poor quality compared to the Dele Spurs fans used to know and love.

The likes of Harry Winks and Ben Davies took their opportunity, allowing them to feature consistently in the starting 11. However, with Dele being unable to do this, it has given the Spurs hierarchy no choice but to sell him.

  • What next for Spurs?

With Dele set to join Everton and Tanguy Ndombele reuniting with former club Lyon, space is available for Spurs to make further additions. However, with only hours left in the window, time is running out for Daniel Levy and Fabio Paratici to make decisions.

With the North London side already making the signings of Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur, the squad has definitely been improved.

However, one final signing, especially at right wing-back, could make a big improvement to the team in N17.

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