Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has gushed over Tom Davies, Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi’s performances as Everton beat West Ham United on Saturday, as the trio helped toward a result befitting of the vast sums the Toffees have spent assembling Marco Silva’s squad.
Iwobi set the Blues back a possible £34m (BBC) in the summer when he joined Silva’s ranks, and started at the weekend alongside £50m forward Richarlison, £30m duo Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane, £27.19m Yerry Mina, £22m Andre Gomes, £20m Walcott, £18m Lucas Digne, and potential €16.5m (£14.1m, L’Equipe) man Djibril Sidibe.
Iwobi started on Saturday in a new role for the Nigerian at Goodison Park, as Silva trusted the 23-year-old to kick things off as his central attacking midfielder with Gylfi Sigurdsson dropping to the bench.
Silva had tasked Iwobi with central duties once before in the Carabao Cup against Sheffield Wednesday (TransferMarkt), but had previously favoured the former Arsenal forward as his wide-left option or as an impact substitute in the Premier League.
The Toffees boss also made changes to his line-up with Walcott starting on the right as Richarlison moved to striker, while Davies slotted into the second holding midfield role as the partner to Gomes.
His adaptions paid dividends, as Everton beat West Ham 2-0 to record their first league win in five games, and Cascarino feels the Blues displayed the sort of performance that Silva should expect from his players on a weekly basis.
“For the first time this season, Marco Silva’s Everton looked to be worth the £450m owner Farhad Moshiri has spent to assemble the squad,” Cascarino noted in his column for The Times.
“Silva’s side were hell-bent on playing high-intensity, tenacious football against West Ham. Tom Davies excelled in midfield. Theo Walcott had his best game in an Everton shirt. Alex Iwobi did not stop running.
“These are the kind of committed performances Silva needs from his players every week.”
Everton will certainly go a long way in moving back up the Premier League standings if Silva can get his players to replicate their performance against West Ham more often, as the Blues took control of proceedings early on and rarely allowed their visitors to get a clear look at goal.
By half-time, the Goodison Park natives had fashioned 11 shots on Roberto’s net to the Irons’ two, and dispossessed Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers 12 times, per WhoScored data.
Walcott, Iwobi and Davies were instrumental to proceedings, as well, as former England winger Walcott attempted five of Everton’s first-half shots and would attempt a further two after the break, while only Digne registered more key balls than him and Nigeria international Iwobi.
As for Davies, he completed the fifth-most passes of any player for either side with 34, and coupled that with two interceptions, a clearance and two successful aerial duels.
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