Many Everton supporters have been lauding the efforts of Alex Iwobi, after the Nigeria international made his first Toffees start as the Blues beat Lincoln City 4-2 to progress into the Third Round of the Carabao Cup.
Marco Silva has slowly introduced the former Arsenal winger to his system since moving from North London in a £34million deal (BBC) this summer, with the Portuguese first handing Iwobi his Everton debut as a second-half substitute in the Goodison Park natives’ 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa (TransferMarkt).
The Gunners product was one of a number of changes to the side who faced Danny Cowley’s Imps on Wednesday night, though, as he replaced Brazilian midfielder Bernard in the starting XI by lining-up on the left-flank at the Sincil Bank Stadium.
He would later be replaced by fellow ex-Arsenal forward Theo Walcott, but not before opening his Toffees account with the goal to put Everton 3-2 up, having been pegged back in the 70th minute by a thunderous strike by Bruno Andrade.
Solid work by Everton on the right-wing from a throw-in presented Gylfi Sigurdsson with an opportunity to lift the ball into the centre of the box, where Cenk Tosun met the Iceland international’s pass to nod possession toward a patient Iwobi, whose flicked header floated the ball over Neal Eardley and into the far corner of Grant Smith’s net.
The header was one of three shots fashioned by Iwobi on Wednesday night, according to data collected by WhoScored, while the 6ft wide-man also displayed his creative side with two key passes – the third-most of any Everton player.
23-year-old Iwobi scarcely wasted possession, as well, as he completed 81% of his 36 passes, while only turning over the ball once – the same amount as he recovered, with one successful tackle to his name during his 82-minute appearance.
Iwobi’s efforts in the Carabao Cup have resulted in a warmth of positive reactions from the Goodison Park faithful on social media, with fans lauding the Nigerian as being ‘fantastic’ and noting that the sky is the limit for the 36-cap man.
Here’s a selection of the reactions shared…
Iwobinho sky will be your limit
— okoli osita (@okoliosita1) August 29, 2019
— Ann Mckenzie (@annmckenzie67) 29 August 2019
More goals incoming
— Mazi Nnagozie PT (@nnagozieogbodo) 29 August 2019
Didn’t take long
— Stroudinho (@jstroud3) 29 August 2019
Let’s hope it’s the first on many. Looks to be a very good signing! Good work by Cenk.
— Gavin Bryant (@grbefc) 29 August 2019
wonderfully worked goal, would like to see more of that this season, good assists by Cenk, what a header.
— gønzø (@its_saintfire) 29 August 2019
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Well in Iwobi. Cenk did well there too! Still has a part to play
— Leigh Parry (@Leigh_R_Parry) 29 August 2019