Despite the summer transfer window slamming shut at 5pm this evening, football is rarely that simple and within the last hour, Everton have confirmed that we did in fact get our hands on Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi.
The 23-year-old versatile attacker makes the switch for an undisclosed fee, but it’s believed that we have spent an initial £28million to secure him to a five year deal, but with add-ons it could rise to £34million.
✅ | Another target captured!
— Everton (@Everton) August 8, 2019
He is our seventh and final signing of the 2019 transfer window and manager Marco Silva is clearly happy with the business he and Marcel Brands have got over the line, as speaking to the Official Site about the capture of the Nigerian international, our gaffer explained.
“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. He is still young but already with a lot of top-level experience – 100 Premier League matches, more in Europe and many international games. It was important for me to have one more quality option for our attacking positions to add to what we have with Richarlison, Bernard and Theo Walcott. 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.”
Plenty of fans will be curious about his goal return given he’s scored 15 times in over 100 senior appearances, but he offers us another option up top and wide and Silva will know how he wants to utilise him – especially with many making the assumption he is the backup option to Wilfried Zaha as we were unable to get that deal over the line, and that would’ve been a cracking signing. He may not carry the goal threat that Zaha does, but he’s played his part in creating 42 goals for Arsenal, and for his position, that makes far better reading than his goal tally.
It’ll be interesting to see how he slots in, but I think many will be surprised by him from what I’ve seen.