Dele Alli spends Christmas Day on the bench after ex-Spurs star remains an unused substitute for Besiktas

Dele Alli spends Christmas Day on the bench after the ex-Spurs star remains an unused substitute for Besiktas in a celebratory fixture… just days after the midfielder was booed by his own fans in Turkey

  • Dele Alli’s Besiktas nightmare keeps going from bad to worse for him
  • The midfielder was booed by his own fans in Turkey just days ago
  • Now the ex-Spurs star had to spend Christmas Day on the Besiktas bench
  • He was an unused substitute in their Super Lig game against Gaziantep FK

Dele Alli’s week went from bad to worse as he remained an unused sub on the Besiktas bench in their Christmas Day game.

The ex-Spurs star endured a tough few days after being booed by his own Besiktas fans as he was substituted on 29 minutes in a clash against a Third Division side.

The 26-year-old took to social media to reassure fans of his love for the game, but that didn’t seem to convince his Besiktas boss to take him onto the pitch in their matchday match. Christmas.

Dele Alli lay on an unused sub for Besiktas on Christmas Day (Alli pictured at Everton)

The ex-Spurs star has had a torrid time since joining Turkish Super Lig side Besiktas

The ex-Spurs star has had a torrid time since joining Turkish Super Lig side Besiktas

The Turkish Super Lig was one of the few European leagues to hold fixtures on Christmas Day and saw Alli’s Besiktas go to mid-table Gaziantep.

However, it wasn’t a vacation to remember for the former England international as he failed to make an appearance on the bench.

Besiktas boss Senol Gunes has opted out of using the former Everton midfielder as one of his four replacements.

Former Southampton star Nathan Redmond and former West Ham full-back Arthur Masuaku were two of the players chosen ahead of Alli.

Wout Weghorst – who had a heated confrontation with Lionel Messi at the World Cup – scored Besiktas’ only goal on his return to international duty.

The midfielder was recently hung on the pitch after 29 minutes after struggling for Besiktas

The midfielder was recently hung on the pitch after 29 minutes after struggling for Besiktas

Wout Weghorst scored Besiktas' only goal of the game as they ended up drawing 1-1

Wout Weghorst scored Besiktas’ only goal of the game as they ended up drawing 1-1

It’s been a tough week for Alli and, after being booed by his own fans against a third division Turkish side, he shared an Instagram post with his followers.

The photo posted on Instagram shows Alli clutching a soccer ball to his chest during Besiktas training.

While the caption reads: ‘You saved my life. That’s why I will always love you’, followed by a heart and a football emoji, to show he’s talking about sport .

Alli shared this photo on Instagram after being booed by his own supporters in Turkey

Alli shared this photo on Instagram after being booed by his own supporters in Turkey

Sporting director Ceyhun Kazanci has been puzzled by his struggles since joining the club, recently admitting no one can figure out how to bring him back to his best.

Alli joined Besiktas on a season-long loan from Everton in August after failing to resurrect his form at Goodison Park, marking a nightmarish fall from grace for a player who once lit up the Premier League at 21.

The academy graduate MK Dons failed to live up to the hype of his Tottenham debut, where he scored 69 goals in 267 appearances before leaving at the end of the 2021-22 campaign.

He endured a nightmare in disgrace after lighting up the Premier League at Tottenham

He endured a nightmare in disgrace after lighting up the Premier League at Tottenham

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