Tottenham Hotspur captain Heung-min Son has discussed his relationship with Everton midfielder Dele Alli.

In a recent interview on The Overlap, Dele Alli opened up about the issues of addiction and abuse that have dogged him throughout his life and career. The Everton ace is currently working his way back to full fitness, but is determined to return to his best this season.

Heung-min Son shared a dressing room with Alli, whilst the latter was a Spurs player. The pair shared a great on-field chemistry, and achieved some great things on the pitch together. 

However, a loss of form saw Alli slip out of the Spurs starting XI, before he made a move to Everton in a deal worth up to £40 million

Since his switch to Goodison Park in January 2022, though, Alli has failed to impress. The 27-year-old spent last season on loan at Besiktas, but struggled in Turkey, and was hampered by injury issues.

Alli currently looks a long way from being the player he was. The 37-cap England international has plenty of talent, but fitness and confidence issues have taken their toll.

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Son backs Alli to bounce back at Everton

Son, though, still believes that Alli can get back to his best. As quoted by The Mirror, the Spurs attacker said, “it’s up to him now because he has to recover well, get fit and play well because his quality is not in doubt because he has been showing in the Premier League what he can do.”

The South Korean star also shared some details of his own personal relationship with Alli, saying, “he helped me a lot settling down in the UK when I was struggling. He was helping me a lot and is still a good friend of mine. It’s always good to see him and any time if he needs anything, any second, I will be always there for him. I don’t want him to have tough times anymore.”

Sean Dyche will also do all he can to support Alli and help him rediscover his form. If Alli can get back to his best then he could have a transformative impact on Everton’s fortunes this season. In terms of raw ability, he is probably the best player that the Toffees have got.

Alli will need patience and understanding, but the chance is still there for him to come good at Everton and remind everyone of just how brilliant he can be in the Premier League.

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