Darren Bent tells Dele Alli to watch footage of himself scoring goals from early days at Tottenham in a bid to find some form for Everton, who need saving from Premier League relegation April 7, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer
Darren Bent has urged Dele Alli to go and watch old footage of himself in a bid to find some form – adding that the Everton man will see that he is ‘miles away’ from the player he used to be.
The Toffees midfielder, who joined the club from Tottenham in January, left Spurs for game time but hasn’t made a league start under Frank Lampard.
It is a stark contrast to when the 25-year-old was at his pomp under Mauricio Pochettino a few years ago, when he scored 37 league goals in three seasons for his old club.
And Bent – who did something similar when he was struggling for form as a player – says if Alli watched some footage of himself during that time, he might be able to discover some form and help the doomed Merseysiders.
“I thought if anyone could get the best out of him, it would be Frank Lampard,” Bent told talkSPORT.
“Lampard played that position, there were similarities when Dele first broke through, he was a goalscoring midfielder.
“I thought Frank would kind of put his arm around him and go, ‘Let’s get you firing again’ but, for whatever reason, that just hasn’t happened.
“Dele, unfortunately, will have to look at himself. It can’t always be [Mauricio] Pochettino at the end of his time at Tottenham, it can’t be [Jose] Mourinho, it can’t be Nuno [Espirito Santo], it can’t be [Antonio] Conte. It can’t be Frank Lampard.
“At some stage, he’s got to look at himself and go, ‘Hold on, there’s a big difference here.’
“I remember talking to a psychologist back in the day and watching old footage of myself and comparing it to then.
“If Dele is doing that now, he’ll be able to see, himself, he’s night and day away from the player that he was a couple of years ago.
“He’s miles away from it.”
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