Simon Jordan has claimed Dele Alli’s January move to Everton was a ‘waste of time’ and that Frank Lampard should ‘watch himself’ after leading the struggling midfielder into a relegation battle.
The 25-year-old moved to Goodison Park as he looked for a way to revive his career after a decline in form and playing time at Tottenham, but it didn’t go to plan.
Alli has made six appearances – all in the Premier League – since moving to Merseyside but has yet to start a game and register no goals or assists.
The Toffees are just three points clear of the relegation zone with two games less on those below – including a must-win encounter against 19th-placed Burnley.
Frank Lampard’s struggling side take on Sean Dyche’s Clarets in the deciding game at Turf Moor on Wednesday, with each team desperate to snatch all three points in a bid to get closer to survival.
Jordan, Jim White and Danny Murphy discussed Everton’s chances of survival on Monday’s White and Jordan show, with the trio asking what led the Evertonians to flirt with relegation.
One issue raised by the hosts was the lack of quality players signed in the January window, and the conversation then turned to the signing of former Spurs star Alli.
The former MK Dons wonderkid was once again left out of Lampard’s starting XI for their 2-1 loss to West Ham on Sunday, leading the Toffees boss to explain his absence from the side.
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“Dele needs to train and show he’s in that way of thinking,” the former Chelsea manager said after the squad announcement. “Every time he arrives he has to show that he is worthy to start a game.
“When the time is right and I feel he is there, he will help the team and he will [fight for Everton].”
Asked by White what was going on with the midfielder, Jordan gave a typically blunt and honest answer.
“He’s been here for two months, it’s a total and utter waste of time,” said the former Crystal Palace chairman.
“He was a waste of time at Tottenham for two years, he was a waste of time signing for Everton. It was a waste of time to sign.
Jordan went on to explain that although he has sympathy for Alli due to the high expectations placed on him as a youngster, the host continued to state that the player should now be “embarrassed”.
“I hope I’m wrong, because the boy was talented,” he said. “I don’t think he’s ever been to the level that people have built him up to and said he’s the best No.10 in the world.
“…He is now in a situation where he was kicked out of Tottenham, the only reason Everton took him was because the actual fee itself was carried over and played in the long grass depending on the performance.
“So based on performance, Everton will get a discount. The kid must be embarrassed. Is there a level of professional pride?
“You were kicked out of Tottenham, two or three managers didn’t want you…I think Frank Lampard should look at himself to sign players like Dele Alli because he needed help, not an escalation of the problem.”
Jordan went on to explain that while Alli was using his move to Everton as a ‘last chance show’ to revive his career, he was wasting his time if he couldn’t get game time with the relegation-fighting side .
He added: “If that kid went to Everton and he’s in the last chance saloon to get close to it, and he’s the by-product of it, there’s no reason for him not to be chomping at the bit.
“There’s no reason he shouldn’t be fit enough or competitive enough to come into this team because this Everton team is mediocre.
“Dele Alli, you are looking at someone who is wasting everyone’s time, especially his own.”
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