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Everton’s Alex Iwobi has endured a decent start to life at Goodison Park since signing from Arsenal for £34m. The attacker put in a memorable performance against West Ham United, where he earned a 9/10 in the 2-0 win, as per the Liverpool Echo.
Lately, Iwobi’s performances have pushed Gylfi Sigurdsson to the bench, who has struggled this season. However, the Nigerian’s display against Tottenham Hotspur has shown that it’s Marco Silva should consider bringing the Iceland international back into the fold.
Everton put in a decent display against Spurs over the weekend, which is not something they have done often enough this season. Although, once again, there were some questionable performances.
Iwobi was at fault for Dele Alli’s opening goal, having played the ball carelessly to Son Heung-Min, who slipped through Alli to score. His backward pass summed up his display that evening, as he lost possession a further nine times.
Truthfully, the 23-year-old was only saved from embarrassment by a 97th-minute goal from Cenk Tosun, who snatched a point. Iwobi also failed to make an impact going forward for the Blues by not making a cross from the wing or having an effort on goal himself.
Now, after this poor performance, it’s time that Sigurdsson returns to the starting XI. The former Spurs man scored 13 goals last season and led the way as the club’s top league scorer along with Richarlison.
Sigurdsson also provided six assists last season and has shown over the past few years in England that he can contribute heavily to a team. This was evident in his late goal against West Ham, where the 30-year-old beautifully curled an effort into the top corner just minutes after entering the pitch.
The 5ft 11 midfielder’s form may pick up again as he has proven to be a decent addition to Everton’s squad but, with crucial games against Norwich City and Southampton coming up, Silva needs his best players on hand to transform his side’s fortunes.