Everton offered Iwobi an Escape from Arsenal, but now They could Ruin That

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: N'Golo Kante of Chelsea controls the ball from Alex Iwobi of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Chelsea FC at Goodison Park on December 07, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

When Alex Iwobi moved from the Emirates stadium to Goodison Park, it was needed; a change of environment meant to help the Nigerian star on his path to fulfilling what great potentials he has.

Iwobi commanded a decent fee, £40million for a winger or attacking midfielder, who had graced the Champions League won three FA Cup crowns and with 36 international caps (at the time).

 

Even though he was part of a clear out at Arsenal under now erstwhile Manager Unai Emery, Iwobi had shown enough quality to be wanted on any starting list of any Dark horse team in the PL.

 

But four months down the line, not the player but the system at Everton may derail his upward growth trajectory, with the Club having to do away with Manager Marco Silva.

 

They’re knee deep in relegation and the future of their £400million squad with a new manager remains, largely, uncertain.

 

The Nigerian could perhaps be one of the few stars at Everton with real concerns over his interests being protected under a new leadership in the dugout and for a few salient reasons.

 

Unlike the Brazilian star Richarlison, who also only recently signed a contract extension, Iwobi’s role in the first team is important – but unlike the Forward’s is not clear.

 

He plays like the number 10, but with the duties of an 8 or just a dummy runner.

 

He doesn’t seem to be guaranteed a starter’s berth, because of the amount of competition in the creative department of the team, but no one ever really understood how Silva decided who to rest this week or who gets the nod to start the next game.

With no clearly defined role, a new Manager will have to sort out the Nigerian’s best position and that in itself might require some time given the number of players available or be done expediently because the club is in dire straits.
How quickly will or can the 23 year-old adjust to a new strategy and new Manager in an environment where he’s only just finding his footing?
So far, he has scored 2 goals in all competitions, one in the PL and the other in the EFL Cup.
In total he’s only previously managed to score 11 goals in the League, in his four years – with Arsenal where he was familiar and allowed to express himself.
Will he get such luxury of time with Everton now set to activate survival and safe mode strategy to stay up in the League?
Iwobi is, certainly, one of the keenest awaiting the name of Everton’s next Permanent Manager, for it could decide if he’ll be on the move again or stay put and become a Merseyside Legend on the Toffees’ side.
On Saturday he played 90 minutes under interim Manager Duncan Ferguson as Everton defeated Chelsea 3-1, to end a three-game losing streak.
Everton have also climbed out of the relegation zone, but only just.

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