According to reports, Iwobi is one of the players for whom the Blues will listen to offers this summer as Rafael Benitez seeks to reshape the squad he inherited from Carlo Ancelotti.
However, the report says that Atalanta would struggle to match Iwobi's €60,000-a-week wages.
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1 Posted 09/08/2021 at 18:50:17
2 Posted 09/08/2021 at 18:57:49
3 Posted 09/08/2021 at 19:00:14
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6 Posted 09/08/2021 at 19:08:07
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8 Posted 09/08/2021 at 19:20:26
Hope springs eternal though and tonight I'll dream of not seeing the name Iwobi on the team sheet for Saturday.
9 Posted 09/08/2021 at 19:31:44
10 Posted 09/08/2021 at 19:38:30
11 Posted 09/08/2021 at 19:39:28
You never know though, we were daft enough to sign him for 27m so Arsenal have proven it can be done.
12 Posted 09/08/2021 at 19:40:14
Regarding the Financial Fair Play and how we're under severe pressure, our stadium income for a season is around £17m/£18m before covid, while the top clubs with the new stadiums, revenue £80m/£100m, mainly corporate, so they are allowed spend way more than us? Even though Moshiri has the money, we can't compete? Bramley - Moore Dock can't come quick enough
13 Posted 09/08/2021 at 19:46:01
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17 Posted 09/08/2021 at 20:26:12
18 Posted 09/08/2021 at 20:28:36
19 Posted 09/08/2021 at 20:31:14
Its not quizzing.
Maybe if all season ticket holders agree to pay a quid a week towards his wages we can make it happen.
20 Posted 09/08/2021 at 20:31:55
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23 Posted 09/08/2021 at 20:38:22
24 Posted 09/08/2021 at 20:48:13
What he does have is the ability to make short passes in confined space and be available for a return, in short, retain possession to look to break down a team defending deep. This wasn't much use and was never required with the dross we were served up with in Carlo's latter days. Ordinary sides came to Goodison Park faced with the prospect of breaking down the home side.
Iwobi was never going to hitting teams on the break, if indeed this was the plan of the hapless Ancelotti. He will be a decent enough player in a different, not necessarily better, team. Unfortunately he is becoming a scapegoat for our inadequacies.
Like Sam, I hope he goes, because I can't see us being his sort of team any time soon.
Just another player signed without there seeming to have been much thought put into how he would fit into our style of play. Frankly, a style that has been unfathomable to me for some time.
Seems to me to have been a panic signing made for the sake of spending money. Like too much of our business for too long, a stab in the dark, throwing a lot of money and hoping to hit lucky.
Definitely not the fault of Iwobi.
25 Posted 09/08/2021 at 20:53:23
Worst signing ever? He's got stiff competition in Williams, Bolasie and Tosun.
26 Posted 09/08/2021 at 21:07:57
In the stands.
27 Posted 09/08/2021 at 21:15:34
We are even now.
28 Posted 09/08/2021 at 21:43:36
29 Posted 09/08/2021 at 21:51:28
30 Posted 09/08/2021 at 21:51:43
31 Posted 09/08/2021 at 21:55:14
Like selling him on for a BIG transfer fee to somebody like, er...!
32 Posted 09/08/2021 at 22:06:30
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39 Posted 10/08/2021 at 01:40:53
Strangely enough, I was watching a video on Facebook today of Lukaku scoring a hat-trick against Sunderland. Bolasie put the sweetest cross onto Rom's head for the 1st. Always felt there was a player in there. Never the same after that awful injury.
40 Posted 10/08/2021 at 03:19:00
41 Posted 10/08/2021 at 05:26:08
42 Posted 10/08/2021 at 08:04:23
There were a few times the Iwobi played as a right-wingback last season. He could be positioned there under Rafa's favoured 3-5-2 formation as well?
Just a thought?
43 Posted 10/08/2021 at 08:26:55
44 Posted 10/08/2021 at 08:44:07
45 Posted 10/08/2021 at 09:49:16
46 Posted 10/08/2021 at 10:12:03
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48 Posted 10/08/2021 at 11:28:54
Unfortunately, previously appointed managers and Brands have left us with some players that will not come up to that standard. Its not helped by the profit and sustainability rules which may restrict business.
We will just have to get behind what we have and see what Rafa can do with what he has inherited and what he can come up with transfer wise.
49 Posted 10/08/2021 at 11:36:02
You have a point but I think youre being very generous to Iwobi. Regardless of what position he plays, his end product is next to nothing. Looks a fine player in the middle of the pitch but offers very little in defensive areas or the final third. Hes a microcosm of everything that has been wrong with our recruitment in the last few years.
50 Posted 10/08/2021 at 11:56:57
The fact that we paid a huge amount for him as a panic-buy adds insult to injury.
I still prefer him to Delph though.
51 Posted 10/08/2021 at 14:56:13
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53 Posted 10/08/2021 at 16:03:15
Then remember Per Krøldrup. I think Moyes's mate who knew a scout who knew someone that had watched a 30-second YouTube clip said he would be okay!
Harsh maybe, just remember his 45-minute appearance at Villa Park.
54 Posted 10/08/2021 at 16:07:14
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56 Posted 10/08/2021 at 16:30:33
Surely the scouts must have looked at him and seen that he can't run, and so has a disadvantage in a running sport?
57 Posted 10/08/2021 at 16:43:08
And Philip (32) - If he read ToffeeWeb, I know one player who'd be delighted reading about Iwobi, Leon Osman.
"5 years too late, but finally my replacement as ToffeeWeb's favorite whipping boy!"
58 Posted 10/08/2021 at 16:55:19
However, it's a bit harsh to describe Schneiderlin as a "bad signing" -- he was brilliant for his first four months here, probably our best player that spring of 2017, but came back in August unrecognizable. He was a good signing who went bad.
59 Posted 10/08/2021 at 17:11:20
Makes you wonder how he compares with Kenny, really.
60 Posted 10/08/2021 at 17:13:41
Leon Osman. Never understood the sometimes contempt towards him. Very technically gifted. I used to say, had he gone to the continent, he'd have been a huge success.
And for those who like old boys at Finch Farm, as Tony Abrahams and myself have said numerous times, I'd prefer to see Leon Osman there over many we currently have.
61 Posted 10/08/2021 at 17:28:50
It was unseemly of me to speculate at that time whether the happy nuptials had sapped him of his incentive (or his physical energy!), but the fact is he was never worth a crap again on the pitch.
His dad passed away a year later, but his play had already deteriorated by then, and the next couple years were pretty dismal. I can remember only a handful of decent performances.
Here's a retrospective published earlier this year:
62 Posted 10/08/2021 at 17:29:40
Unfortunately, in the Premier League, he lacked the pace and power to stand out like a Gerrard or Lampard.
63 Posted 10/08/2021 at 18:53:20
64 Posted 10/08/2021 at 19:15:54
Iwobi is the latest whipping boy: "Oh let's all join in and call him rubbish... many others are saying it so it must be right."
Well, it stinks to me. Does it make you feel better?
65 Posted 10/08/2021 at 19:43:24
Depends Lee. Had he been surround by better players would we have seen an even better player??
An outrageous comparison, but a smaller player than our Leon; David Silva. More renowned for his close control and technical ability than his size pace and power. De Bruyne; not particularly physical or blessed with pace. Players like that can cut it in the Premier League. In the right team, surround by the right players. In any league.
A bit like the James conversation we're having. You can accommodate and get more out of them if surrounded by by better players.
Credit to Leon. Being the type of player he was, he worked incredibly hard to feature regularly in a Moyes teams. Because to do that for a manager of that mindset and in the squad he played in compared to the 2 players I've mentioned, he showed the type of effort & determination I love to see now.
I just wonder would we have got more out of him had he been allowed to play more of his own natural game and had we used his obvious technical ability better more often??
66 Posted 10/08/2021 at 20:30:36
I don't think he ever would have reached the levels of a KDB or Silva, even in a much superior team, but he was a talented player who didn't deserve the dogs abuse he got from some fans.
If our academy could turn out an Osman every year then we'd be one of the richest clubs in the league...because we wouldn't be wasting millions on dross like Delph or Schneidelin or whoever had one good game against us.
67 Posted 11/08/2021 at 11:03:33
Not sure if Atlanta would pay good money. Might as well try to give him a stable position hope he turns good.
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