Dele Alli plays 78 minutes in his Besiktas debut after his loan move from Everton

Dele Alli helps Besiktas regain first place in Turkey’s Super Lig in his promising debut following a loan move from Everton

  • Dele Alli made his first appearance at Besiktas since being loaned out by Everton
  • The 26-year-old star replaced Berkay Vardar in the Turkish giants’ starting XI
  • He was replaced by ex-West Brom boss Valerien Ismael with 12 minutes remaining
  • Besiktas can sign midfielder Alli for £6m before January or £8m next summer

Dele Alli was only called up for the third time this year when he made his debut for Besiktas in the 3-1 win against Sivasspor.

The 26-year-old midfielder replaced Berkay Vardar in his new side’s starting XI and played 78 minutes at the Vodafone Arena for the Turkish giants as they overtook Gaziantep FK on goal difference to top the table.

The former Tottenham star, who joined Besiktas on loan from Everton last week, was then substituted with twelve minutes remaining and his side led 3-0 to Kerem Atakan Kesgin on Monday night.

Dele Alli played 78 minutes as he made his debut for Besiktas after moving from Everton

Dele Alli played 78 minutes as he made his debut for Besiktas after moving from Everton

The 26-year-old made his first start in Besiktas' 3-1 win over Sivasspor on Monday

The 26-year-old made his first start in Besiktas’ 3-1 win over Sivasspor on Monday

Besiktas striker Wout Weghorst – on loan from champions Burnley – was one of the home side’s scorers, while Everton flop Cenk Tosun came on for Valerien Ismael’s side.

Alli’s three starts in 2022 have each been for a different club – namely Tottenham, Everton and Besiktas.

Last week he completed a season-long loan move to the Turkish side, who pay £1.9m in loan fee and can sign the 26-year-old on a permanent basis before January for £6m or next summer for £8m.

Alli, 26, is hoping to revive his career after making no impact at Goodison Park since his free transfer from Spurs in January.

It was only the third time he had been called up to the starting XI for different clubs this year

It was only the third time he had been called up to the starting XI for different clubs this year

Besiktas striker Wout Weghorst - on loan from champions club Burnley - scored in the game

Besiktas striker Wout Weghorst – on loan from champions club Burnley – scored in the game

Everton signed Alli last winter struggling to avoid relegation in hopes he can rediscover the form that made him one of England’s greatest talents early in his career.

Alli had fallen down the pecking order at Spurs and was eliminated from national team tally.

Alli, who has 37 caps for England, played 11 games as the Toffees avoided the fall but failed to score. He was also substituted on twice this season.

Everton manager Frank Lampard warned Alli last week he risks seeing his career go to ruin if he doesn’t find the same focus that has made him one of the game’s brightest young stars.

Alli completed a loan move from Everton last week, with Besiktas an option to sign him permanently

Alli completed a loan move from Everton last week, with Besiktas an option to sign him permanently

Just four years ago, Alli was a key member of Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad, scoring against Sweden in the quarter-finals and twice being named PFA Young Player of the Year.

Lampard said: “I have a lot of empathy for the course of his career in a way because it’s plain to see. I don’t have to disguise this in any way.

“Having worked closely with him for a while, I have to say that he really needs to understand what training and focus means in order to achieve performance at the highest level.

“It’s not just the Dele story, I would tell any player that because it’s the only thing I know. I was no saint but I know what practice and focus can do and he really needs to take that into account.

The 26-year-old midfielder made 11 appearances as the Toffees avoided the crash

The 26-year-old midfielder made 11 appearances as the Toffees avoided the crash

Everton manager Frank Lampard warned Alli he risks seeing his career ruined

Everton manager Frank Lampard warned Alli he risks seeing his career ruined

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