Alex Iwobi has opened up about the conversation with Marco Silva and Marcel Brands that convinced him to join Everton on the club’s official channels.
He joined from Arsenal for an initial £28m, which could rise to £34m on deadline day having come through the Gunners’ academy, as reported by BBC Sport.
The 23-year-old said: “I spoke to the manager and Marcel and they almost lured me in, the offer was too attractive for me to turn down.
“The manager was telling me, ‘There is a spot for you, we will take care of you’. Basically, all the things you want to hear as a player.
“I always had that youngster tag at Arsenal, so hopefully with this move I am able to make a name for myself in the Premier League and create history with Everton.”
Iwobi started 22 Premier League matches for Arsenal last season, coming on as a substitute 13 times, scoring three goals and assisting six times, as per WhoScored.
He also started six Europa League matches and came off the bench five times, scoring twice and assisting twice – including a well-struck consolation goal in the final against Chelsea.
In the league, he averaged 1.1 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per game throughout the campaign, which shows that he can be threatening and direct in his play.
Having the Nigerian on one wing, with Richarlison on the other – after the Brazilian scored 13 goals and assisted once last campaign – should make Everton very dangerous from the wide areas.
Iwobi has the potential to be a brilliant signing for Everton and could be a very dangerous player in blue.
With the assurances Silva gave him, he should have the confidence to go and express himself at Goodison Park and become an integral player in the side.
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