Everton new boy Alex Iwobi has been speaking about his transfer to Goodison Park.
The winger joined the Toffees on deadline day for a fee reported to be worth up to £40 million (football.london), after the club walked away from their pursuit of Wilfried Zaha.
Everton turned to Iwobi at the eleventh hour and were able to prise him away from Arsenal, a club he’d been at since the age of eight.
The 23-year-old wasn’t quite ready to face Crystal Palace but should be involved against Watford this weekend.
Speaking about his move, Iwobi said (football.london): “The manager was telling me, ‘There is a spot for you, we will take care of you’. Basically, all the things you want to hear as a player.”
The Nigeria international appears to be excited at the prospect of working with Marco Silva, especially having seen the impact he’s had on Richarlison’s development.
He added: “The manager has worked with Richarlison for a long while and made a name for him. Hopefully he can do the same for not just me but Moise Kean and a few others who came in, too.”
Iwobi had struggled to convice at the Emirates Stadium, but a fresh environment could be the making of him.
Iwobi has been somewhat inconsistent so far in his career, and he’ll be hoping to address that at his new club.
Everton and Silva has proven to be a great environment for £90,000-a-week ace Richarlison (Spotrac) to develop, with the Brazilian scoring 14 goals in all competitions last term.
The evidence is there that Silva can help Iwobi, who will be out to prove Arsenal were wrong to cash in.