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Alex Iwobi has been talking to The Athletic about his move to Fulham, where he has been reunited with former Everton manager, Marco Silva.

“It was only a short space of time that (Silva) was there (at Everton),” says Iwobi. “It’s nice to work with him again, and to bring me here.

“(As the Fulham transfer came together) He said the same thing he did to get me from Arsenal to Everton. ‘I believe in your abilities, your qualities’, and he said it was a plus that I played in numerous positions at Everton. The main thing is that he knows I have the ability to get goals and assists.

“It wasn’t an easy decision (to leave),” Iwobi says. “I enjoyed my time there. Especially the last couple of years. I felt like they warmed to me. At the same time, I felt I needed a new challenge, and Fulham are giving me the platform to express myself and do that.”

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It has been a difficult summer at Everton, amid financial uncertainty and a takeover. Did all that play a part in his departure? “There was a lot of talks behind closed doors — there are things that I’m not allowed to say — but I feel like it was a decision from the club and from me that the best solution was to leave,” he says. “I hope they do well, I have a lot of respect for them and left on good terms.”

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Jack Convery
1 Posted 02/10/2023 at 18:09:47
"I'm not allowed to tell you that Everton came to me and said 'We'll go boobs up if we don't bring some money into the club asap. Therefore, Fulham want to buy you for £22M. We can't turn that down and the money will help keep Billy Boy warm this winter.' "

Sorry but there it is. Tara.

Michael Kenrick
2 Posted 02/10/2023 at 18:21:11
Missing Iwobi?

There's a paragraph near the end of this article that say it in part for me:

“This is where I'm grateful,” Iwobi says. “The manager (here), at Everton too, and the players around me, they see me in training and they say, ‘Go out in a match and don't be fearful'. You're going to lose the ball — everyone loses the ball — but as long as you are trying the right things to help the team, it doesn't really matter.

It doesn't really matter?! And there you have it.

The other unforgettable fear was to see him bailing out of tackles, failing to challenge for the ball, surrendering it too easily under the slightest pressure… But it doesn't really matter, of course it doesn't.

Brendan McLaughlin
3 Posted 02/10/2023 at 20:31:23
Seriously Jack #1

You need to recognise "spin" when you see it.

Dave Abrahams
4 Posted 02/10/2023 at 21:02:28
Micheal (2),

“Go out in a match and don't be fearful”

Jesus, on a sunny day, the bastard was jumping away from his own shadow!

Tony Abrahams
5 Posted 02/10/2023 at 21:17:59
It sounds like his teammates were telling him to be as brave with the ball in a match as he was with the ball in training.

He must have been very good in training, although not that many players really try and tackle as hard in training.

Nick Page
6 Posted 02/10/2023 at 21:27:45
Terrible footballer. Skilful but no bollocks whatsoever. Couldn't shoot.

I watch a lot of rugby and one of my lads plays in a decent Premiershiip side youth team. You need bollocks for that.

Even when you watch a Klopp team, they're not all snides but they get in the way at least. It's really not difficult. And it's not like 20 years ago even.

A footballer who can't be brave in a game is a waste of time.

Brian Williams
7 Posted 02/10/2023 at 21:42:17
Said it loads of times: "Monday to Friday" player.

I bet if pushed he'd admit he enjoys the training more than the matches.

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