Dele Alli has reportedly been warned by Besiktas boss Senol Gunes that there is only so much the club can do for him. The English playmaker’s career has nosedived over the past four years, leaving many questioning his mentality.
After breaking into the Tottenham first team as a teenager, Alli was cited as one of the most exciting young talents in world football. The playmaker thrived under Mauricio Pochettino and formed an unstoppable partnership with striker Harry Kane.
Though Alli soon found himself struggling to meet expectations, with his performances falling considerably below par. A move at Everton was not enough to relight the spark for Alli, with the Toffees allowing the England international join Besiktas on a loan-to-buy deal, though that is also proving unsuccessful.
Alli has made seven league appearances for the Turkish outfit so far this season, and manager Gunes has reportedly held a meeting with the midfielder to insist that he believes the player is capable of finding his old form. Fotomac reported that the 26-year-old was told: “If you want, you can get up from where you fell, I can only support you.
“My job is to give you a jersey, the rest is yours. If you make an effort, you will succeed, realize your talent and go back to your old days!”
Besiktas sporting director Ceyhun Kazanci has also trusts Gunes to help Alli recapture his best form, pointing at how the manager has helped players, such as Mario Gomez, get their careers back on track previously. He said: “No-one can answer whether Dele Alli can do it right now.