Everton boss Frank Lampard believes that Dele Alli producing the goods on the pitch is the only thing that matters after the former Tottenham player came under criticism over his look. Glenn Hoddle said he looked as if he was dragged off the street during his presentation to the crowd at half-time. Lampard defended Alli stating that he would want his players to express their individuality.
“I’ve heard some of the reaction and I have a lot of respect for everyone who has spoken, ex-players, people who I respect and admire in Ally McCoist, Alan Brazil, Glenn Hoddle – I would never go against their word,” Frank Lampard said about Dele Alli. “But when you are working closely with players and working with Dele, my personal opinion is that I don’t care what car he drives, what clothes he wears, as long as I get a lad that comes to training every day, wants to improve every day, respects the club, respects his teammates and then produces and gives everything to produce.”
“The modern-day has moved on, it’s changed, we all have to be aware of that, and I’m not hitting back at any observation because everyone is allowed their own opinion but I can only deal with what is in front of me,” he added. “And what I’ve just mentioned, that Dele and Donny [van de Beek] are both great lads, I mean it. Maybe Donny wears an overcoat that is longer than Dele wears, and he has a different type of jacket, but it doesn’t bother me.”