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Carabao Cup: Iwobi Gets Chance To Impress Ancelotti As Everton Host Salford

Carabao Cup: Iwobi Gets Chance To Impress Ancelotti As Everton Host Salford

Alex Iwobi has landed a huge opportunity to impress manager, Carlo Ancelotti as Everton host Salford City in tonight’s Carabao Cup Second Round tie at Goodison Park, Completesports.com reports.

Since joining Everton for £27.36m last summer, Iwobi has failed to play to his full potential.

After leaving Arsenal, Iwobi has failed to truly impose his game on Everton as he has been in and out of the starting eleven, especially under Ancelotti who became The Toffees’ coach in December.

Iwobi recorded his worst season ever in the Premier League after ending the last campaign with just a goal in 25 appearances for Everton while his goal drought spanned 23 matches.

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The 24-year-old certainly has a tough battle on his hands to retain his status as an Everton player even as the 2020/21 Premier League season started last Saturday.

This particularly is the case after Everton boss, Ancelotti brought in James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucoure who will both give Iwobi stiff competition at the Merseyside club.

He was not listed for Everton’s opening game of the season against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, having made 125 EPL
appearances, 100 for ex-club, Arsenal, bagging 11 goals and 16 assists.

The Super Eagles forward struggled to make much impact in his first season at Everton, having contributed just two goals and an assist in 28 games across all competitions.

The Toffees’ Carabao Cup game against minnows, Salford, should definitely be the type that Iwobi should feature in and the winger must go all out to take his chance.

By Oluyemi Ogunseyin

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  • GLORY 9 months ago

    Impress what or who? You don’t waste your time impressing someone who does fancy your style. Worst still changing your style to please such. Just get out of there and go to where you will be appreciated. Just why Okocha didn’t play for big clubs. When you stop enjoying your football, you start going down.

    • Oakfield 9 months ago

      It’s best he leaves asap. He definitely needs not to impress or prove anything to anyone. He’s got the talent. Belgium, Holland or even Spain would be much better options for him. He needs to leave england just for his own good.

  • Unicorn 9 months ago

    You guys should be realistic with yourselves. If Iwobi keeps playing this same shit and moves to any European club in all those countries you mentioned @Oakfield, he still won’t make the Starting XI. You guys think European clubs accept mediocrity??? Like we do in Nigeria

    • Oakfield 9 months ago

      At least those leagues are less competitive than the English premiership. Maybe, he might find himself in the hands of a good gaffer that likes him. Most times, a player might be having a bad time at his club all bcs the manager doesn’t like him or his style of play, hence, vice versa. Take a look at moses, he looked like an outcast before conte came and when the latter was around, he looked like the loved kid all bcs the coach loved him and his style of play. In fact, conte had to create a niche for him where he’d maximize his talent and operate effectively whilst contributing to the progress of the club. The same couldn’t be said when he left Chelsea, moses immediately returned to his outcast position until he was given a life line by the same coach that loved him all the way from inter Milan where he gave a very goood account of himself, playing week in, week out in all competitions including the almighty champions league. Iwobi’s problem is not really a performance issue but a case of not being liked by the gaffer. A case of not being fancied by the gaffer. A case whereby the coach doesn’t like his style of play and ultimately a case of not being favored! He had this same issue some time ago when he was at arsenal. He proved his critics wrong by posting a good performance with the national team that led so many to begin to wonder if it was the same iwobi that played for arsenal. Fans began to ask why he couldn’t replicate the good run with the national team in his club side (arsenal). This good run was bcs rohr knew how to use him effectively to get results. Some coaches are not managers and hence do not have the time and talent to study players and discover how best to nurture them and get desired results. His story wouldn’t have been the same if he were still playing under arsene Wenger. In fact, the moment Wenger left arsenal was the beginning of his travails.

      • GLORY 9 months ago

        When men with brain speak, the volume of the book come across like just a page but when waterlogged brains write a paragraph, it always make a book of reoccurring decimal of foolishness. Thumbs up @ Oakfield yet I ain’t surprised.

  • Igbekun Abo 9 months ago

    Come on Oakfield. Let’s try to have this conversation totally devoid of sentiments and we will arrive at a more sensible outlook. Iwobi had three, yes 3 coaches at Everton last season. One of them Portuguese, one was Scottish and the current one is Italian. 3 nationalities, 3 orientations, 3 styles, 3 football philosophies yet our Alex Iwobi could not find a home with any of them. When he wasn’t injured, they all played Iwobi consistently but the only thing that was consistent in Iwobi was his inconsistency. The same inconsistencies that blighted his career throughout at Arsenal leading to the club and its fans to show him the exit door.When Iwobi turns it on, he is a delicious to watch. That sweetness quickly turns to bitterness the following week with insipid and listless performances. Just like a Yo-yo, up and down, up and down, up and down. At least Arsenal fans were lucky because he was up and down in equal measure. At Everton, he was down so many times that you forget he was ever up. It is embarrassing to make lame excuses for Iwobi and anyone who does so solely on account of how well he has played for Nigeria ought to be ashamed of themselves. 1 coach may not like you, 2 coaches may not like you but for 3 coaches not to like you within 12 months means that it is you and not them that have the problem. Arsenal fans waited patiently with with bated breath for Iwobi to show continuity in his growth trajectory but when their patient ran out, he was flogged off to Everton where he only got worse. I am free to criticise any Nigerian player as I see fit. Anyone who has a problem with that, fuck them! I couldn’t give a rat’s behind what you think. Victor Moses thrived at lowly clubs but only excelled at reputable clubs where he had to work with Conte. At least, he found a coach who believed in him. Isn’t is sad to the point of being pathetic that our most creative player going into the 2018 World Cup only found his feet as a right wing back even though he was originally a winger by trade. After Wigan, most times he tried to establish himself as an out and out winger at a reputable club, he failed to do so. I love Victor Moses and I am still in love with Alex Iwobi. We Nigerians still have faith in Alex Iwobi and believe that one day, he will rediscover his form. But anyone who will tell me not to highlight his current shortcomings is mad and I look forward to going toe to toe with such a lunatic.

    • Gideon S 9 months ago

      What would have happened to him, if choose England ahead us…

      By now em name na sorry….!

  • I wonder what would happen if the likes of akpoguma, uduokhai, torunigha decide to play for the super eagles. I guess it will be see you later for players like omeruah, awaziem, ajayi since Rohr prefers players who play in Germany. These players will just sit in a back three formation with zaidu and ehizibue deployed as wing-backs. The midfield will comprise of Ndidi, Aribo And either of Eze or Ejaria. The forward two will be Osimhen and either of Iheanacho or chukwueze. But I would rather use iheanacho because of his crisp through passes and sublime finishing. The goalie position is anyones guess. So far no one has done enough to justify their owning the number 1 Jersey.
    Subs should include: Ekong, chukwueze, aina, (two goalies), awaziem, Ejuke/kalu, desser/simy, mikel agu/Ramon, Iwobi/Etebo, simon/Musa.