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Alex Iwobi papers the cracks, not signing a central defender could hurt Everton this season

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Alex Iwobi papers the cracks, not signing a central defender could hurt Everton this season

The Arsenal man checked in at Goodison Park on transfer deadline day last week.

Everton spent the summer recruiting players in the quest to make a genuine fist of qualifying for European football this season.

The Toffees added Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph, Jonas Lossl, Moise Kean, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Djibril Sidibe and Alex Iwobi.

It was the addition of Iwobi that perhaps caught the eye. After failing to land Wilfried Zaha, Marco Silva turned his attention towards the Arsenal man, landing the £34 million signing on deadline day (BBC Sport).

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As it was done close to the deadline last week, naturally it was the deal that attracted the most attention.

A glaring omission from Silva’s new recruits should perhaps be more alarming from an Everton perspective though.

The club failed to land a central defender and that could prove costly.

Kurt Zouma has returned to Chelsea from his loan spell, leaving Yerry Mina and Michael Keane as the club’s central defenders.


Both centre-backs played well in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace but after that duo, there isn’t much in reserve.

During Saturday’s draw with the Eagles, Mason Holgate was the only defensive option among the substitutes.

The youngster is deserving of a chance for sure, but whilst Everton were splashing the cash on attacking options, they have left themselves wide open at the other end of the pitch.

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The signing of Iwobi is attractive for sure. He is young, determined, works hard and is capable of contributing towards goals and assists. Is he really what Everton need though?

Bernard, Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Theo Walcott can all play out wide.

Iwobi papers the cracks somewhat. Everton badly needed a central defender during the transfer window and not landing one could be decisive in Silva achieving his targets this season.

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