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Everton: Forgotten star Dele Alli is being lined up to solve Frank Lampard's striking crisis

Forgotten star Dele Alli lines up to solve Everton’s high profile crisis – with Toffees boss Frank Lampard urging him to perform as he appears to fill in for Dominic Calvert-Lewin up front

  • Frank Lampard is ready to ask Dele Alli, 26, to answer Everton’s striker crisis
  • But Toffees boss has warned there are no shortcuts to his top form
  • Dele arrived on Lampard’s first day as manager but was disappointing
  • He may have to fill in at the front now that striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin is injured
  • Click here for all the latest 2022 World Cup news and updates

Frank Lampard is willing to ask Dele Alli to answer the Everton striker but warned him there is no shortcut back to his top form.

Dele arrived at Everton on Lampard’s first day as manager in January this year, but his performance has been disappointing, with the exception of a superb 45 minutes against Crystal Palace in last season’s penultimate game.

The 26-year-old is one of many Everton players to have questions to answer this season and it is increasingly likely that he will start Saturday’s opening game against Chelsea up front, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin banned for six weeks and Salomon Rondon.

Manager Frank Lampard is willing to ask Dele Alli (pictured) to answer Everton’s striker crisis

In the two years leading up to the 2018 World Cup, Dele scored 27 Premier League goals for Tottenham, but has only added 14 since his return from Russia.

To push that figure even further, Dele has only scored one goal in the past two seasons. When asked how he would relight the fire in Dele, Lampard said: “I think sometimes it’s support and sometimes hard love.

“We will support them constantly because they are young men. If I heard those numbers (about Dele’s goals) and didn’t know the player, and saw 20 goals, 20 goals, five goals, two goals or whatever, I’d say, ‘We have to find a solution’.

But the Toffees boss has warned the 26-year-old midfielder: there are no shortcuts back to top form

But the Toffees boss has warned the 26-year-old midfielder: there are no shortcuts back to top form

“There has to be something there that can be physical, or it can be mental. So I think it’s important that he has a support mechanism, and not just me, he has to support himself and the people around him.”

Lampard is looking to bolster his squad and Everton remain in talks to sign PSG’s 32-year-old Idrissa Gueye, as they have matched West Ham’s £33m bid for Lille’s Amadou Onana, with the midfielder preferring to move to Merseyside.

However, Everton’s priority remains to attract a striker. They are interested in Chelsea’s Armando Broja, but Lampard will not comment on specific targets.

Striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin (center) out for six weeks means Dele can start up front

Striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin (center) out for six weeks means Dele can start up front

“If you lose a player like Dominic in the week before the first game, it will probably affect you,” Lampard said.

“I think we’re probably looking at six weeks for the injury. We will have to work around it and other players will have to do the work.”

Calvert-Lewin’s injury puts an end to his hopes of forcing his way into England’s World Cup squad.

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