Plenty of Everton fans have been offering polarised verdicts on Alex Iwobi in the wake of Saturday’s setback against Burnley.
The Toffees went down 2-1 against the Clarets at Goodison Park, leaving them five points adrift of the top four.
How did Iwobi fare against Burnley?
With James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucoure ruled out through injury, Iwobi initially lined up as a number 10 behind Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison. It was his first start this season in what The Athletic journalist Patrick Boyland describes as his ‘preferred position’.
However, with Burnley 2-0 up inside 25 minutes, Ancelotti changed systems and moved Iwobi back onto the right flank. It ended up being a steady performance from the Nigerian – two chances created, but no shots on goal and only one attempted dribble over the course of the 90 minutes (via SofaScore).
According to Boyland, Iwobi ‘paid the price for collective failings’ on Saturday and should not be scapegoated. Signed from Arsenal for £34m in 2019, the 24-year-old has been one of Everton’s most potent dribblers this season, his 1.7 match average eclipsed only by Richarlison, but he fails to stand out among the squad for many other key metrics (WhoScored), while also being criticised by some fans over performances throughout the campaign.
Indeed, lacklustre performances in winnable home games have become something of a habit for this Everton side, who have already been beaten by Fulham and Newcastle on Merseyside this year. While some Toffees feel that Iwobi was among the team’s better players at the weekend, others have dismissed him as ‘bang average’.
These Everton fans defended Iwobi
“It’s a funny game. I thought both him and Gomes looked decent. Allan didnt have his best game. He played a good forward pass for Richarlison’s first chance and combined with Davies to assist the goal. I think he should be an option at 10 moving forward.”
“I thought he was one of our better players on Sat…..that speaks volumes”
“I thought he was good, the only player making runs and creating chances”
But these Blues have seemingly written Iwobi off
“He’s bang average and doesn’t seem interested in applying himself. Coasts through games. Can’t shoot or pass and takes too many touches before making his mind up.”
“Bottom line, Iwobi is a poor footballer. Name me one team with European aspirations who would say he’s had a raw deal at Everton & take him off club’s hands even if offered on a free.”
“Lad wasn’t good enough for Arsenal, horrendous buy in a long list of pathetic recruitment”
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