Alli drops hint on role at Everton as Dyche discloses tactical chat with star

Fans think Dele Alli is on the verge of an Everton comeback after dropping a major hint about his future on social media.

The former Tottenham man hasn't kicked a ball since February and has spent almost the entirety of Sean Dyche's reign out injured. But the Toffees boss revealed he's been chatting to Alli about tactics and has been impressed with the 27-year-old's understanding of his methodology.

Speaking to beIN SPORTS," Dyche labelled Alli "a great fella" and explained how he's been helping the rest of the squad come to grips with his tactics. He said: "I had a chat with him and I said, 'Dele, what's your thoughts?' and he said, 'I think you need to define with these players when you talk about direct play I think that you mean kick it forwards, but I know you don't.

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"Because he had worked under Mauricio Pochettino who was similar – he used to talk about direct, passing football. 'Get, turn and play forwards'. I wanted them to understand that Dele is in a really good place and is watching what we do and he's exactly right.

"We want direct play in the sense of play forwards first, the quicker you play forward the more you can dominate the top end of the pitch."

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A clip of the interview did the rounds on X and fans were left convinced of an imminent Alli return after the midfielder responded to it with a handshake emoji. One supporter said: "Must be on his way back into the team. Can't wait."

Another wrote: "Great to see this. Get him back in the team ASAP we need him." A third said: "Yes Dele Alli returning, while a fourth joked: "Fancy a game at centre back, Dele?"

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Alli joined Everton from Tottenham in January 2022, but failed to make much of an impact in his debut campaign, started just one game all season. He then had a disastrous loan spell at Besiktas, which was cancelled mid-way through the season following reports of Alli going AWOL.

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