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Iwobi Benched As Relegation Threatened Everton Suffer Heavy Defeat At Spurs

Iwobi Benched As Relegation Threatened Everton Suffer Heavy Defeat At Spurs

Alex Iwobi was an unused substitute as Tottenham Hotspur thrashed
struggling Everton 5-0 in Monday’s Premier League fixture.

Everton, who have only won one of the five league matches since Frank Lampard took over at the end of January, are 17th, one point and one place above the relegation zone.

For Spurs they remain in seventh place, just three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal in the last of the Champions League qualifying spots.

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Toffees defender Michael Keane gave Spurs the lead when he steered Ryan Sessegnon’s cross into his own net.

Son Heung-min doubled Tottenham’s advantage three minutes later with a strike that went in under the body of England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Harry Kane added the third, Sergio Reguilon converted Dejan Kulusevski’s cross for the fourth before Kane volleyed in a fifth.

Kane goals were his 175th and 176th in the Premier League, taking him sixth in the competition’s all-time list, above legendary Arsenal striker Thierry Henry.

Recall that Iwobi will miss this month’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with Ghana due to suspension.

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  • Igbekun Abo 2 years ago

    Iwobi has been playing well under Lampard which we were all happy about. Now he is benching him again. Why can’t Iwobi have a prolonged run of games? Stay blessed Iwobi. Please come out of this hard times quickly. It has going on now for close to 4 years. 4 years is far too long to be going through hard times. We pray Lampard put you back to the starting 11. Heaven bless Iwobi.

  • Shola Shogunle 2 years ago

    Iwobi is a player I used to fancy but truth be told, he has outlived his usefulness and I won’t expect any fan to blame coach Lampard for benching him. It’s just like Ndidi whose football fortune is fast dwindling, he hardly makes meaningful contributions while on the pitch. In the bench? Why not a wholesome replacement?

  • pompei 2 years ago


    It’s been an awful season for the Toffees.
    22 points from 25 games has them headed firmly towards their worst league performance in the history of the club. They are just a point away from the relegation zone.
    Everton have never, ever experienced relegation before. Unfortunate that they are now having to stare it right in the face.
    Everton sides are usually robust in the tackle, athletic, workmanlike. This current squad leaves a lot to be desired. Defensive mistakes all over the place, players not willing or able to give their opponents a run for their money. Tottenham kept winning the 50-50 balls, and Kane, Son and company had a field day running rings round the Everton defense.
    Just not good enough, from an Everton perspective.
    The two home games coming up against Wolves and Newcastle will define the rest of their season. They must pick up a minimum of 4 points from those 2 home games. If they do, that will hopefully give them the much needed momentum and confidence to grind out results in the rest of their fixtures. However, if these 2 games go badly, Everton will be in a real spot of bother. After these 2 home games, they’ve got 6 away games left, and for a side that has been notoriously poor away this season, they’ve got to somehow find a way to flip the script and dig deep to get something from these games. They also have 5 home games left, after the games with Wolves and Newcastle, and how they perform in these home games will largely determine their fate.
    It’s now up to Lampard to steady the sinking ship.

    • Mr. Augustine 2 years ago

      We know copy and paste when we see one.

      See, the issue here is simple. Iwobi wasn’t good enough for their match was the reason why coach Lampard benched him.

      My happiness is that Iwobi’s red card in the Afcon21 match against the Fennec of Tunisia, has ruled him out of our engagement with the Black Stars of Ghana in the playoffs.

      I think players like Sadiq, Uzoho, Onyenka, Onazi, Ndidi, Iheanacho shouldn’t be in the Super Eagles starting lineup and even if they do, they won’t be able to do much. I can be quoted after the games.

      Our 1st eleven should be a mixture of both old and new players for maximum effect. We do not need bench warmers against Ghana.

  • Paschal 2 years ago

    Strange to see that Iwobi has performed amazingly well in the past few games and the coach recognised that. Even the fans are routing and begging for him to be used. Strangely, coach chose to start benching him at a time he’s playing his best games. I don’t understand. Please don’t be discouraged Iwobi. This too will pass.

  • Morrison 2 years ago

    I know we are on Iwobi now but Mr. Augustine, as much as I like your post, I would like to disagree with the inclusion of Uzoho on your 2nd 11 list. Uzoho on the bench is better than the basket known as Okoye. Any attempt to play Okoye in the post against Ghana will be detrimental. I would rather Akpeyi who is better and fitter is played.

  • Atleast no one will blame iwobi’s performance for the loss since he didn’t even play.

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