Dele Alli’s reaction on first Tottenham return that got Spurs fans off their feet

Tottenham beat Everton 5-0 on Dele Alli’s first return to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after exiting in January.

Dele Alli made an emotional return to Tottenham, a place he called home for the last seven years before departing for Everton this winter.

The 25-year-old midfielder established himself as a world beater in his first two seasons in north London and flew through the numbers, scoring an impressive 67 goals in 267 games for the LillyWhites, some of which were truly out of this world.

Injuries, form and fitness would later cripple the English midfielder and the last few years have seen him become a pale shadow of the once feared midfielder, who timed his runs into the box and applied the finishing touch with perfection.

Despite the nature of his disappointing exit that meant he had to seek playing time elsewhere, Tottenham fans will always have a place in their heart for Alli and they showed it the very moment his name was announced and even after the game.

Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur interacts with Dele Alli of Everton after the Premier League match (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Dele Alli reaction that got everyone talking

The 25-year-old was given 20 minutes to try and turn the game around with his side trailing 5-0 by the time Frank Lampard threw him in.

When Dele Alli got to the touchline the entire stadium started signing the famous “we’ve got Alli, Dele Alli, I just don’t think you understand” song.

He focused on his final stretching and the moment he stepped on the pitch, the singing stopped and the focus of the fans was back to the game.

With Spurs dominating and looking for more goals, Alli had little effect on the game, but most fans stayed behind to show their respects to a player with whom they had enjoyed so many beautiful moments.

After the game, Alli went to thank the travelling Everton fans first before receiving almost the entire Tottenham team who came to hug him.

He then tried to walked off the pitch quietly but Tottenham’s captain Hugo Lloris pulled him over to where the Spurs fans serenaded him one final time with the “we’ve got Dele Alli” song, with the supporters on their feet applauding him off the pitch.

A fitting farewell to a true Tottenham player who served the club well in his time in North London.

Tottenham Hotspur's French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris walks former teammate Everton's English midfielder Dele Alli (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

The reaction of the Tottenham fans

Ahead of the game it was not clear how the Spurs fans would react to Alli, but most fans clearly still hold him in high esteem, and despite his struggles in the last few years Alli was a class act most of the time in N17.

Tottenham v Everton

The game itself was a nightmare for Everton and Dele Alli, who was only given the last 20 minutes to try and change things.

Tottenham produced their best showing since the Italian manager took over to batter Everton 5-0 and keep their top four hopes alive.

Another impressive thing for the Spurs will be the form of Harry Kane who helped himself to a double and his partner in crime, Heung-min Son getting another goal on the night.

Left back Sergio Reguilon scored with his first touch of the ball while Everton’s Michael Keane scored an own goal in what was an evening to forget for the English defender.