After scoring two goals in his first two starts for Everton, Alex Iwobi has failed to deliver on the promise of his high-value move from Arsenal that could cost the club up to £34M.
However, former Blues defender and fellow Nigerian international Joseph Yobo believes the attacking midfielder needs to be given more time to impress:
“Arsenal is a club he knew too well because he came through the academy and he understands the structure of how they play — a style he knows.
“Moving to Everton was a good move for him because he wanted more game time. Unfortunately, it takes a longer time to settle down in a new environment because only a few players move to another club and settle immediately,
“In between him adapting, he had a number of good performances for Everton. He was getting familiar with how Everton play and was becoming one of the key figures in the team before his injury.
“After his injury, it also took him time to break into the team because Everton also have other good players as well, all that happened before Coronavirus ensured the league was suspended.
“I think we should be patient with him because we can't doubt his talent. He has unbelievable talent and work rate.
“I know he is going to achieve more with Everton, it is just the timing of everything happening to him. He will surely come good.”
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1 Posted 08/04/2020 at 12:49:52
2 Posted 08/04/2020 at 13:15:34
He started off looking like he would fit in but a few cameo appearances later, and a few of those being absolute nightmares, has changed my mind on him.
Hopefully when we ever return to normality, he will either pick up or he will get shipped out.
3 Posted 08/04/2020 at 13:50:39
He's very creative from open play and is able to pick good passes into space behind the defense or into the box. Not many of our players can do that.
He's not really a winger as he's not super quick and is at his best playing as the inside forward or possibly as a ten if we play one. He's got quick feet, a good touch, good vision and passes accurately. Think him and Bernard will be competing for that left inside forward slot next year with an out and out winger on the right.
He's only 23 so he's got alot of football ahead of him and I think he'll do well for us once he gets a run though it's possible that Ancelotti's 442 will not suit him. He needs to add a few more goals to his game. More like the screamer he scored in the Europa final last year would do!
4 Posted 08/04/2020 at 14:49:37
5 Posted 08/04/2020 at 15:26:47
6 Posted 08/04/2020 at 15:38:48
7 Posted 08/04/2020 at 16:11:20
8 Posted 08/04/2020 at 16:46:02
9 Posted 08/04/2020 at 16:50:08
I can fully understand the big doubts about him, he has been at the very best mediocre. He young though and for me he still has next season to prove he has got what it takes.
As nice a guy as Carlo Ancellotti is, make no mistake there will be a no-nonsense ruthless streak if players are not performing to his standards.
10 Posted 08/04/2020 at 17:01:43
11 Posted 08/04/2020 at 19:37:15
12 Posted 09/04/2020 at 13:06:21
13 Posted 09/04/2020 at 14:36:14
He reminds me of Bolasie in that he's a really talented boy but has no end product and will no doubt at times excite but more so frustrate. I can't believe Sams comment that Emery wanted him to stay considering he was picking kids before him and was struggling to make their bench hence Arsenal couldn't believe their luck when we came calling and bit our hands off.
I feel really sorry for Alex as he came to Everton for game time and to play in his favoured position but Silva often foolishly stuck with the ill performing Siggy there while under Ancelottis rigid system any chance of him proving a success are surely gone.
I would have liked to have seen him on the right of a midfield three as I think that would play to his strengths but feel that Carlo will probably offload to try and recoup some cash to fund a natural right winger with more of a goal threat.
14 Posted 09/04/2020 at 16:10:27
15 Posted 09/04/2020 at 18:37:05
Yes he played a lot the previous season as you rightly point out due to Arsenal playing in a lot of competitions but he only played the 90 mins in the PL in 7 matches so even then wasn't the mainstay you are implying.
16 Posted 09/04/2020 at 19:09:53
Finally playing two upfront slightly obfuscates the need for him to score more than once every 3 months which could help buy him some time but hes not a player wholl take us where we supposedly want to be and it reflects poorly on Brands that he wanted or sanctioned this signing.
17 Posted 09/04/2020 at 19:24:18
18 Posted 09/04/2020 at 19:41:44
19 Posted 09/04/2020 at 20:45:33
20 Posted 09/04/2020 at 21:11:07
21 Posted 09/04/2020 at 21:53:44
The trouble I have with Alex is that I watched him breakthrough at Arsenal and is still the same talented but frustrating player so I hold little hope for progression. The only hope is that his uncle improved with age and moving centrally. I think his best performance for us was against a poor West Ham when he was superb but I don't think he offers enough of a goal threat there so that's why I would have wanted to see him deeper in a three.
Obviously Carlo is having great success with the front two but with such poor options wide I don't understand why Carlo wouldn't opt for a diamond with Iwobi right, Delph left and Siggy at the tip behind the front two and Gomes holding. I think that way he would be putting round pegs in round holes, prevent us from getting overrun in midfield while not interfering with his deadly strike force.
22 Posted 11/04/2020 at 04:03:25
23 Posted 11/04/2020 at 11:40:46
24 Posted 11/04/2020 at 15:58:59
As Robert says, Iwobi is an intelligent passer and was probably better suited to Arsenal than with us, though I suspect he was told he would get more time in the middle which is where he's at his best. Shame he didn't replace Sigurdsson more often under Silva.
25 Posted 11/04/2020 at 16:52:55
26 Posted 11/04/2020 at 17:57:48
Two attackers were purchased in Pepe and Martinelli, both of more substance than Iwobi, while Nelson came back from Hoffenheim. In addition, Saka was getting rave reviews underage last season. That's four new players to compete with so I wouldn't be as confident as you on his game time.
When Emery played Alex, it was often from the right or left and he didn't play him in the middle, even when Ozil was dropped. He had Aubemayang and Saka (Tierney got injured after) for the left, Pepe and Nelson for the right and Ozil, Ceballos and Willock for the centre with Martinelli an attacker who can play all three. Nelson's game time has been curtailed through injury.
He didn't perform as well for Arsenal last season as you are suggesting and some fans were on his back, so that's why I feel Arsenal struck gold in offloading him for that fee.
27 Posted 11/04/2020 at 21:44:45
He's not one of their key players necessarily but I think he would have played more minutes than Martinelli, Pepe or any of those others. He would not have got time in the middle though and that may be why he left.
I agree Arsenal did well with the fee but I think the fee was that high because they weren't at all desperate for him to leave.
I hope he gets a run. I'd try him as a box to boxer. Not ideal but his tackling can't be worse than Gomes's and his passing is more incisive and ball carrying is better. Unlikely. But he'll hopefully get chances as inside forward off the left.
28 Posted 11/04/2020 at 23:27:22
I watched quite a bit of him and he blew hot and cold as he has done throughout his Arsenal career and was regularly subbed when starting and visa versa.
If you think Iwobi is in the same class as the likes of Pepe and Martinelli, I will respectfully disagree.
29 Posted 12/04/2020 at 07:42:06
I didn't say he was same class as Pepe (who cost over £70M!) but that he'd have still got a lot of minutes at Arsenal this season. Clearly Emery liked him. Which is why we couldn't get him cheaper... which was my original point.
He does blow hot and cold and I think his challenge was to establish himself as an automatic starter with us. Looks like he may struggle to do that now under Ancelloti but, if he did get a run of games in a team with good movement, I think we'd see better than we have so far.
30 Posted 07/05/2020 at 23:55:06
But where does he play?
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