Besiktas manager says Dele Alli doesn’t deserve to play

Senol Gunes, Besiktas manager, says that Dele Alli "doesn't deserve to play" after allowing the 26-year-old just one minute of league action since the end of October.

Alli joined Besiktas on loan from Everton last summer, but has struggled in Turkey.

“I don’t think Dele Alli deserves to play right now,” explained Gunes.

“Sending the player [back to Everton] is something else and not the topic here”.

“We expect him to contribute to the team, but we think he cannot contribute at the moment. We will evaluate it with him and the club.”

Dele Alli joined Besiktas when Valerien Ismael was in charge. However, the Frenchman was fired in October after a poor run of results, and ex-Turkey manager Gunes was brought in for a second term.

Beskitas coach ,Gunes, named Alli to his starting lineup for his debut against Umraniyespor. However, the former England attacker only lasted 45 minutes before being replaced, as Besiktas won 5-2.

The attacking midfielder has since had to make do with a spot on the bench and was an unused substitute for his team’s next four league games.

The former Tottenham midfielder was given a start in Besiktas’ cup game against Sanliurfaspor just before Christmas, but he was subbed off 29 minutes into the match with his team trailing 2-0. To make matters worse, Besiktas went on to win the game 4-2, raising questions about Alli’s relevance to the team.

His situation in Turkey shows no signs of improvement as he remain out-of-favour with his new manager.

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