Everton enjoyed a 1-0 win over Bournemouth and Alex Iwobi was one of many players to come away with praise from supporters on social media. The 24-year-old had a slow start in the game, but he impressed in the second half and may have silenced some critics in the process.
Iwobi worked so hard again. One of our better players since the restart. Mad how people HATE him.
— Owen (@owenparkes123) June 24, 2020
Don’t want to be reactionary but Iwobi is world class
— Tom 🧬 (@MoistMoise) June 24, 2020
Thought Iwobi was really good on the ball tonight. I think he's mostly wasted out wide in a 442 but we saw glimpses tonight of what his physicality and great feet can offer to this side if he's played in a number 10 role or as a wide playmaker type. #efc #Everton #NOREVE
— Everton Rando (@RandoEFC) June 24, 2020
Iwobi’s best game for us that today dya reckon? It wasn’t a good game to be fair but I thought he was superb #EFC
— Paul Brown (@PaulBrownEFC) June 24, 2020
Delighted for Alex Iwobi. He's come back from the enforced break, looking fitter and sharper, disciplined defensively and generally more confident
— The Unholy Trinity Everton Podcast (@UHTPodcast) June 24, 2020
Any iwobi haters out there today!! Sign of a good player is to do what your manager asks of you. Against Liverpool act as a full back and get slated by blues!!! Plays well yesterday and it’s like he’s messi. Get more balance blues. In Carlo we trust #EFC
— David Atkinson (@Dapa76) June 25, 2020
He was very good tonight. Proper shift in there.
— Dan Cummerson (@DanCummo) June 24, 2020
Again? Played well tonight definitely, needs to string a few similar performances together..
— scolton1878 (@ePeople_Recruit) June 24, 2020
Been one of our better players for sure, think he needs to be playing on the left tho
— J (@JL1878_) June 24, 2020
Against Norwich, Iwobi played for 89 minutes, had 65 touches, won one aerial duel, completed 71.8% of his 39 passes, created three chances, whipped in eight crosses with 37.5% finding a teammate, gave away one foul, made four clearances, had five dribbles, made two interceptions and made two tackles.
The Nigerian international joined Everton from Arsenal for £27.36m in 2019 and has gone on to make 24 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals and making one assist. Iwobi has struggled for form and fitness in his debut season, but he’ll win back some supporters if he can build on his performance against Norwich.
With Theo Walcott recovering from abdominal surgery and Richarlison starting in attack, Iwobi and Bernard are likely to keep their places on the wing. Everton next face Leicester City on July 1 and are coming off the back of one win and two draws from their last four.