Everton manager Marco Silva has been effusive in his praise of new signing Alex Iwobi after he sealed a late-gasp move to Goodison Park.
As per the Guardian, Silva has said that Iwobi was one of his top targets for the window, despite the deal going through so late as Everton pursued Wilfried Zaha for far longer.
He said: “Alex was one of our main targets for this window and I believe he is a fantastic signing for Everton. He is a direct and skilful winger and attacking midfielder who always works very hard for his team.
“Alex fits exactly the profile of player I want in my model. He is hungry to join Everton and take the next step in his career, to help us compete with the strongest teams in the league and reach his potential at our club.”
It’s clear that Everton wanted Zaha more than they wanted Iwobi, but their fans must hope that Silva and his staff did his homework on the Nigerian international before landing him.
Iwobi could become more of a number 10 than an out and out winger, as well as not being on the same level of consistency and quality as Zaha.
They’re two potential problems but Iwobi should be better than Theo Walcott in the wide role if he can hit the ground running.