Emotional Dele Alli 'let her go' tribute proves we've been robbed of a modern PL great
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A video dedicated to Dele Alli's career has re-emerged following news he's set to leave the Premier League and join Besiktas.
Dele burst onto the scene with Tottenham Hotspur in 2015 after sealing a £5 million move from MK Dons, who were in League One at the time.
The midfielder immediately became a first-team regular under Mauricio Pochettino and struck up a partnership with Harry Kane up front.
He scored 23 goals in his debut campaign, earned a call-up to the England national team and was named PFA Young Player of the Year.
Dele impressed the following year too, scoring 22 goals in all competitions en route to another PFA Young Player of the Year triumph.
At this point Dele had established himself at international level and was a key player in the Three Lions' run to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals.
What stood out was Dele's appetite for goals and all-round tenacity when on the pitch. He had a temper, but knew how to channel it in key moments from a young age.
Injury issues limited the 39 cap international to just five goals in 18/19, but Spurs still managed to reach the Champions League final.
Here is when things started to go downhill. Pochettino was sacked in 2019 and replaced by Jose Mourinho, who famously delivered some hard truths to his new player. He lost his place in the England side at this point too.
Dele didn't manage to impress Mourinho, or successors Nuno Espirito Santo and Antonio Conte. The latter decided it was time for Dele to move on in January and it was Everton who snapped him up on an initial free transfer.
He's made just one start for the Toffees and in a search for more game time, is considering a move to the Turkish Super Lig.
A sad fall from grace for a player we expected to light up the top-flight for at least a decade, likely longer.
Fans have had their say on social media and they hope Dele can rediscover his form abroad.
One person commented: "Dele Alli's fall has to be the biggest I've witnessed in football."
Another added: "It's actually so sad, I thought he was going to be one of the world's best."
A third put: "I wish him nothing but the best he was some talent."
While someone tweeted: "Hopefully it's not too late."