Everton confirm the signing of Alex Iwobi on a five-year deal – their seventh acquisition of the summer after Jonas Lössl, Djibril Sidibe, Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph, Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Moise Kean. The 23-year-old joins from Arsenal for £35m and was described by Marco Silva as “skilful” & “a fantastic signing”.
Iwobi made 149 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners, scoring and creating 42 goals. Last season, he featured in 51 games across the board and contributed 15 goals. He was substituted on or off in 78% of his outings, however, and may have struggled for starts in 2019/20.
Arsenal recently signed Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid, Nicolas Pepe from LOSC Lille and Gabriel Martinelli from Ituano Futebol Clube – all players who could keep Iwobi out of the XI. Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitarayan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would also provide still competition.
Everton, after failing to sign Wilfriez Zaha from Crystal Palace, have capitalised on the situation and brought Iwobi to Goodison Park. The Nigerian international is capable of playing out wide and as a central attacking-midfielder, so he’s somewhat versatile.
Iwobi will also bring creativity and a goal threat to the side, having contributed nine goals in 22 Premier League starts last season. He created 40 chances, made 46 successful dribbles (54%) and whipped in 57 crosses with 21% accuracy too. He could shine with more minutes at Everton.