Everton battles relegation fears amid points deduction, Alli remains hopeful

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Dele Alli

16th April 2024 – (Liverpool) Everton’s Premier League survival hangs in the balance after a fresh points deduction over breaches of the Profit and Sustainability Rules (PSR), stoking concerns of potential relegation. Despite the setback, midfielder Dele Alli remains optimistic about the club’s chances of staying up.

The Liverpool-based club finds itself in a precarious position following two penalties for PSR violations this season, resulting in a total loss of eight points. In response, Everton has launched an appeal against the latest two-point deduction levied on 8th April. The club’s predicament was highlighted by a severe 6-0 defeat at Chelsea, leaving them just two points clear of the relegation zone, with Luton Town nipping at their heels.

In a recent interview with Sky Sports, Alli urged the team to stay focused on their on-field performance rather than the off-field distractions. “We can only focus on the games—we can’t get caught up in what’s going on,” he stated. Alli praised the team’s spirit and resilience despite the challenges: “They’ve done an unbelievable job. There’s a real focus here, and the group’s determination is clear. I’m confident in their ability to end the season strongly.”

Alli, who has been sidelined due to injury since February 2023, also reflected on his personal challenges and aspirations. The England international, who has previously opened up about his struggles with sexual abuse, mental health, and rehabilitation, is eyeing a comeback to the national team. “I have a reminder set on my phone every day at 11 o’clock that says World Cup 2026. That’s my aim,” he revealed.