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Alex Iwobi has completed a move away from Everton with Fulham closing a £22m deal for the Nigerian.

He underwent a medical in London today which gave him the green light to secure a transfer that takes him back to London after four years on Merseyside, with a deal sheet submitted to the Premier League just before the 11pm deadline.

Iwobi's five-year deal that he signed with the Blues at the last minute of the summer transfer window in 2019 was due to expire this coming June but he had expressed to Everton his desire to leave before today's deadline.

He had expressed his preference to join a club in the Champions League but, ultimately, the lure of moving back to the Capital was enough.

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For Everton, it's another welcome injection of funds but it comes very late in the window and it will deprive them of one of their most creative and industrious players.

Restored to the starting XI by Frank Lampard after a lengthy period of struggling to hold down a regular place in the side, Iwobi has been a fixture in the first team for the past 18 months and a vital part of the club's escapes from relegation in the last two campaigns.


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Brian Williams
1 Posted 01/09/2023 at 14:31:58
£22m. We've won the lottery!!

And then blown it all in a oner if the Gnonto for £38.5 m story is true!!

Rob Halligan
2 Posted 01/09/2023 at 14:36:36
Brian, for me Iwobi scored the goal that kept us up last season, the equalising goal at Leicester. That goal meant a three point swing in our favour. Had we lost that game then the Bournemouth result would been irrelevant because of Leicester beating West Ham.
Brian Williams
3 Posted 01/09/2023 at 14:44:34
I take your point Rob but there's probably other goals you could choose that got us three points or a single point or whatever that would have also added to our escape!

I think so anyway (but can't be bothered checking I'm so happy) but admit to being glad the club have found some business savvy and just (if it goes ahead) gained us £22m rather than nowt at the end of the season and hopefully spend it wisely on a more effective player.

I don't believe Iwobi held this seasons league placing in his hands to be honest.

You could probably highlight a number of Pickford's saves that had he not made would have seen us relegated.

Jack Convery
4 Posted 01/09/2023 at 15:14:04
This transfer had to take place. He did not want to sign another contract with EFC. Glad to see we are playing hardball with players now.

I will give great credit to Iwobi, for turning around a fan base, that had written him off. He must have skin made of Rhino hide, given the stick he once took. I wish him the best of luck but not when we play Fulham.

Rob Halligan
5 Posted 01/09/2023 at 15:15:22
Maybe, Brian, but there was nothing after that Leicester game that you could say saved us, other than the game against Bournemouth, obviously. The point at wolves meant we survived by two points, rather than one. Of course, we still had to beat Bournemouth, and thankfully we did, but the most important result was the draw with Leicester.
Jack Convery
6 Posted 01/09/2023 at 15:25:04
Dan Kemp
7 Posted 01/09/2023 at 15:29:59
I know it's all relative - no-one really thinks Iwobi is that good - but relatively speaking, he is one of our best players, like it or not. And I don't like that EVERY transfer window we seem to be selling one of our best players. It's not sustainable.
Chris Keher
8 Posted 01/09/2023 at 16:53:43
For most of Lampard's tenure, when Iwobi was played centrally, I thought he looked very good and for this reason I'll be sad to see him go.

However, Dyche obviously doesn't fancy him as a central midfielder so it's in his interest to move on if he will be played in his favoured position.

And if we recoup £22m when he's in the last year of his contract then that's a cracking deal for us.

Maximum respect to him for the way he turned the crowd around and actually turned into a consistently good and creative player with one hell of an engine.

Having written that don't understand why Dyche hasn't put him back in the middle and tried to get him to sign a new deal.

Joe McMahon
9 Posted 01/09/2023 at 17:15:35
Chris @8, I fully agree when played central he was very good. It's doesn seem to be a bit of an Everton issue, playing a player wide when you get the best out of them in a central poistion. He gets loads of stick, but he just gets on with it.
Dan Morris
10 Posted 01/09/2023 at 17:59:38
More incomplete passes, or at least passes behind player movements, for me and so won't be missed. As others have said, fair play to him for turning crowd around a bit and always seems a nice guy, honest and dedicated - but as all the pundits keep saying, with him it's pretty much the same team that nearly got us relegated twice - and I don't think we're any weaker with him not in the team - so 'if' we can sign someone new at least it brings a bit of the unknown and excitement back to the team. Maybe...
Bill Gienapp
11 Posted 01/09/2023 at 18:18:09
Regardless of what you think of Iwobi, £22nmillion for a player who was set to leave for nothing at the end of the season is excellent business.
James Newcombe
12 Posted 01/09/2023 at 18:53:23
We’re going to miss his energy. Still, it’s a great deal if he won’t sign a new contract here.
Peter Hodgson
13 Posted 01/09/2023 at 19:33:34
I hope that this turns out to be true as it will be very good business. He has been a bright spark for all to see EXCEPT his very frustrating habit of running up blind allies so not producing end product. A willing worker every time he has turned out but not really very effective for EFC unfortunately.
Neil Cremin
14 Posted 01/09/2023 at 21:03:52
I posted on the live forum. When managers of clubs who have comfortably finished above us in previous seasons see potential in our players who have continuously been rubbished on TW then the true test will be how they will perform in their new environment. More importantly it will be a refelection of not only our TW EXPERT MANAGERS but also on EvertonFC Directors of Football or whoever pulls the strings. Time will tell. I hope I'm wrong but I really fear I will be right.
John Raftery
15 Posted 01/09/2023 at 21:08:51
This sale will be very beneficial for the accounts. Assuming we will not replace Iwobi, a combination of Harrison and McNeil must now provide the creativity and assists for the new strike force. Hopefully they will be injury free at least until January because there is no experienced cover in that area of the team.

Rick Pattinson
16 Posted 01/09/2023 at 21:25:13
Yes, he's been one of our better players boasting massive energy levels but he has no final product.

Good luck with your new club Alex.

George Stuart
17 Posted 01/09/2023 at 23:48:57
He's an in and out player.
That's incredibly frustrating.
When he's on the ball, we play well and sometimes win.
This is planning to fail.
Alex Kociuba
18 Posted 02/09/2023 at 00:15:01
"When he's on the ball, we play well and sometimes win."

I can't remember the last time we played well and won. Brighton away in May - but when before that?

Justin Doone
19 Posted 02/09/2023 at 00:23:54
Not seen this finalised yet. We need the money more than the player.
Joseph Terrence
20 Posted 02/09/2023 at 00:49:50
Wow, deal collapsed
Karl Masters
21 Posted 02/09/2023 at 01:00:43
Barry Hesketh-

EFC Statto @EFC_Statto
Total initial fees Everton spent on Gylfi Sigurdsson, Yerry Mina, Yannick Bolasie, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun - £156.7m

Total fees Everton received for those players - £0

Adding well over £100m in wages for those 6 as well. Only Gylfi gave us anything like a decent return before his demise ( never charged and case dropped, total disgrace the way he was treated tbh ) so that’s very little return on over a Quarter of A Billion quid!

That’s where bad recruitment gets you.

James MacGlashan
22 Posted 02/09/2023 at 01:10:10
Iwobi has gone
Barry Hesketh
23 Posted 02/09/2023 at 01:31:56
I can't remember, seeing it before, certainly not on Transfer Deadline Day where the Everton official site, main headlines all relate to first-team squad members being sold or released - if that isn't a sign of the times I don't know what is.
Nicolas Piñon
24 Posted 02/09/2023 at 01:32:49
IWOBI missing
He wont be missing
He wont be missing
But now yes..
He will be missing
thanks for your football and good luck Alex Iwobi!
Steve Brown
25 Posted 02/09/2023 at 02:34:28
He have us 4 years, so he should go with all of our good wishes.

Hope we can miraculously train one of our midfielders to make progressive passes and create opportunities. Erm…

Phil Sammon
26 Posted 02/09/2023 at 03:02:31
Steve @ 25

I don’t think he ‘gave’ us 4 years. He was grossly overpaid all those years. I appreciated his efforts and he did really well to turn his Everton career around but he’s another average player we wasted a fortune on.

Jamie Crowley
27 Posted 02/09/2023 at 03:05:47
Some chatter about the Leicester goal, justifiably so.

I'll always remember the goal against Newcastle down to 10 men. That goal "saved" us as well.

Good luck Alex! I think you'll do better at Fulham, probably playing centrally and not stuck out wide as you constantly were with us.

Great piece of business. 22 million for him is superb.

Win-win for everyone involved.

Dan Parker
28 Posted 02/09/2023 at 03:21:14
Very good business. Overpaid to begin with, over 100 games and a handful of goals from midfield. Credit to the lad he upped his game the last couple of seasons but with a year to go and likely only big money would persuade to stay, the club did the right thing for once. I do wonder whether Dyche had a word and said play out of your skin for a season and we’ll let you have the move. Best of luck to the lad.
Steve Brown
29 Posted 02/09/2023 at 03:21:43
Phil, every manager picked him week in and week out.

They didn’t do that because he was stealing a wage.

Christine Foster
30 Posted 02/09/2023 at 03:40:16
Good business and a thank you for your efforts, good luck for the future and I hope Marco plays you in the centre of midfield where you should play.
Frankly wasted out wide, he too often ran into blind alleys or poor passes, but he was always constructive. Bags of energy, quick and skilful but more a victim of where we are than what he had to offer.
I am happy he has gone, we paid too much and utilised him poorly, too often looked dreadful doing a job he wasn't good for.
I will say this though about this window, we have removed a significant amount of under performing players, we still need a few to go but I never expected to get rid in one go.
Brought in a few sturdy replacements that may not set the world on fire but will ensure our survival.
Yes we would all like to bring in top notch players but we are where we are.. bottom of a heap with no money. Seriously, what did people expect?
Paul Ferry
31 Posted 02/09/2023 at 03:57:43
Alex Kociuba 18: 'I can't remember the last time we played well and won. Brighton away in May - but when before that?'

I can remember it very well Alex because the Brighton game was only six league games ago.

Dan Parker
32 Posted 02/09/2023 at 04:00:23
Spot on Christine, iwobi aside, we’ve shifted a number of players that were bit part squad players at best.
Tony Abrahams
33 Posted 02/09/2023 at 04:31:10
Good luck to Iwobi, who is going home to play for a progressive footballing team, and for a good manager who might have still been at Everton, if his director of football, had been any good, imo.

With a year left on his contract Iwobi, could have took the piss, but thankfully he’s been respectful to both himself and also to Everton football club, and for this alone, I hope he fulfills his (marmite) potential at his new club.

Hopefully this is a sign of Everton turning into a much better professional outfit, but the fact that we haven’t signed anyone to replace him makes me think differently. We are definitely short in certain areas, and this is symbolic right throughout the football club.

Paul Ferry
34 Posted 02/09/2023 at 04:32:36
Dyche needs to try some humble pie and reintegrate Gray and Gray needs to behave. The squad now the window has closed is too thin not to include Gray. We need him. Like Iwobi, who we will miss in the situation we are in, he has the ability to do something special even if he then disappears for a while.
Andrew Flanagan
35 Posted 02/09/2023 at 04:33:15
Thankfully the window is now shut and we no longer need to hear about grown men’s unhealthy obsession with players like Gnonto who they read about once in The Athletic.

Iwobi going - good financial business but we have just strengthened a potential rival to stay in the league. A mifdle two of Onana and Gana will get us relegated.

Colin Glassar
36 Posted 02/09/2023 at 04:39:24
He hid in too many games, meandering on the flanks hoping he would go unnoticed. Shied away from any physical contact, pulled out of every 50-50 ball. Couldn’t jump. Couldn’t cross the ball, couldn’t pass the ball tbh. Ran into dead ends. Rarely looked up. Little spatial awareness. No football brain etc…. Too many flaws to count.

Admittedly, in some key games Iwobi made a contribution but overall, in my opinion, he was one of the worst Everton players I’ve ever seen and didn’t effect games in any way other than being a quasi ghost on the pitch

I know some revisionists seem to recall a different Iwobi, almost Messiesque who somehow saved us, twice, from relegation. Yet he was part and parcel of a squad of players who time and time again downed tools and meekly surrendered during games.

I wish him well but shall not weep over his departure. On the contrary, I’m glad he’s gone and shall look forward to seeing him replaced with someone who has guts and can at least do the basics.

John Hall
37 Posted 02/09/2023 at 05:28:57
Colin @ 36

My feelings entirely described in your excellent summary.

Bobby Mallon
38 Posted 02/09/2023 at 05:39:33
Karl masters 22 everyone bar Gilfi was injured and barely played for us
Dave Evans
39 Posted 02/09/2023 at 05:46:26
If Marco plays Iwobi central with runners and a real life centre forward ahead of him, I think Alex will rip it up at Fulham.

He could have run down his contract, many players would today. We get 23 million and he gets a fresh start.

I will remember him as a skillful, positive footballer and a class person with guts.

All the best Alex.

John Raftery
40 Posted 02/09/2023 at 05:54:19
Colin (36) If Iwobi is one of the worst players you have ever seen, that must be a long list. I can think of at least ten players in the current squad, worse than Iwobi. Some of them will be playing later today at Bramall Lane.
Paul Smith
41 Posted 02/09/2023 at 06:07:09
Inconsistent and on his day a good player. If he didn’t want to sign a new contract it makes sense. My guess is that it was on worse terms which is why he left. Would have rather kept him,
Phil Gardner
42 Posted 02/09/2023 at 07:07:48
I can’t see how this is a positive move for our squad. The ‘year left on his contract’ or ‘can go on a free next season’ notwithstanding, played correctly, Iwobi is one of the only creative players that we have in the squad. I can’t think of another with the ability to thread a defence-splitting pass through and his energy levels, fitness and physicality is possible the best in the team. Unless Dyche believes that Garner has the right stuff to step up, I can’t see this as beneficial to this team who, it appears, are going to be in another survival dogfight this year. The timing ain’t great either as we are not able to find a creative midfield replacement. £22m for a 27 year old regular starter and international player? Cheers Marco you t**t!
Peter Moore
43 Posted 02/09/2023 at 07:09:50
Doubtless very talented and great energy and stamina. Like many in our squad though, dreadfully inconsistent.

You can only play as well as the opposition let you I suppose. We need players that able to fight and apply their talents in every game and not go missing.

It was only 45 minutes and only against lower league opposition, but I hope the application, fight and determination to apply his talents that Beto showed on Wednesday night is there in every game. I also sincerely hope his example rubs off on the rest of the team. If they are, 'at it', for the now 101 minutes or whatever per game, I believe we shall be a very different animal indeed. UTFT.

Chris James
44 Posted 02/09/2023 at 07:23:36
I think Iwobi did a job for us and I'm not delighted he's going, but from a business perspective this was too good to turn down.
£22M now vs nothing in the summer?
Bob Parrington
46 Posted 02/09/2023 at 07:30:18
Possibly our most talented player, who worked hard for the team. Apt to make that dangerous pass 2/3 up the pitch that left our frail defence tested and cost goals.

Good Luck Alex with Fulham.

Mike Connolly
47 Posted 02/09/2023 at 07:39:06
totally agree with Colin 36. You will still see Iwobie loosing the ball however with Fulham their midfield will win it back. The problem at Everton our midfield are shite and to slow to win the ball back.
Danny O’Neill
48 Posted 02/09/2023 at 07:47:31
John, we could go through a list and you've given me an Ian Wilson flashback moment. Although, in his defence, look at what we were comparing him to at the time.

Maybe I'm being unkind and labouring on one traumatic derby and one performance, but Glenn Keeley also springs to mind.

Iwobi grew on me. You can see the talent, he's just erratic and makes mistakes. Tell me a footballer that doesn't. But he's always looking to make things happen.

I think he was about 23 years old when he joined us. We have a lot of players around that age right now. We have to give them time. Some wrote off McNeil early last season, only for him to become one of our most influential players towards to end. I'm looking forward to him and Beto linking up.

I'd rather he would have stayed, but given the contract situation I suppose it's good business. A good player and a seemingly decent individual.

Best moments in the past few seasons has to be that goal against Newcastle in the 120th (or whatever – it felt like it) minute. His pass to Calvert-Lewin to set up the first goal against Brighton. And in the same match, his pass to put through and enable McNeil dance around the Brighton defence and tap in the 4th practically on the goal line.

Best wishes from me. He will be welcomed back at Goodison and Bramley-Moore Dock.

Derek Knox
49 Posted 02/09/2023 at 07:55:18
Never had anything other than admiration for Alex, not his fault that he cost a small/large fortune, although his attitude and tireless running couldn't be faulted, his end product, or lack of it, could!

Best of luck, lad, decent return when he only has just over a year left, and frees up wages too!

Marc Hints
50 Posted 02/09/2023 at 08:03:50
Colin #36

Couldn't of said it any better, absolutely spot on mate.

Eddie Dunn
51 Posted 02/09/2023 at 08:35:04
Colin -I also concur with yuou appraisal.
Alex showed athleticism and hr ran around. He did score a few important goals and on his day he was creative.
A major flaw for me was his tendency to give the ball away or his wrong choices when in promising situations.
He also shirked tackles too often.
Many have said he should be playing more centrally but I think Dyche doesn't trust him there, hence his position out wide.
It is good business and I am sure he will continue to have a fairly unremarkable career, making lots of money in his prefered environment.
James Alder
52 Posted 02/09/2023 at 08:37:22
Maybe Dyche has decided to play Deli when (if) fit. Yes this will trigger a £10 Million fee and he only has one year left but, by selling Iwobi, who has less than 1 year, this will leave us £12 Million in credit and with a potentially better player.

Who would you rather have in the number 10 position, Iwobi or Deli.

James Newcombe
53 Posted 02/09/2023 at 08:47:34
I think we’re rather light in midfield now, maybe Gomes will feature more. He’ll have to at some point! We’re going to miss Iwobi but that’s a price we couldn’t turn down.

And I didn’t think we needed a new CB - I’m not sure it really matters who plays there - the full backs are going to cost us a lot of goals, regardless.

Ian Bennett
54 Posted 02/09/2023 at 08:50:43
So let me get this straight. Our net spend to yesterday was zero, and now we are £30m positive with Gray still to go out through the door = £40m+ That follows selling Gordon for £45m in January and not signing any replacements.

Down to 21 out field players which includes a number that can't play games - Alli, Gomes, finished, Chermiti looks way off. Older players like Coleman and Young, the unlucky dcl and the rag tag of players clearly not good enough - Mykolenko, Keane, Godfrey

It is clear we are absolutely potless. We've dumped a load of wages and are left with a squad incredibly short of quality and now quantity.

It really is down to there being 3 weaker teams in the league. If someone has a go, we are fucked on and off the pitch.

Dan Nulty
55 Posted 02/09/2023 at 08:58:49
Got to make the best of it now. I don't think any of us want to be moaning all the way from now until the end January.

We have never, ever been so close to relegation and never been so reliant on our medical staff to keep our small squad fit.

Hope is all we've got really.

Joe McMahon
56 Posted 02/09/2023 at 08:58:58
Ian@54 cheer up we can now put 3 keepers on the bench. My concern is at the back, and the Keane Pickford combination.
Denis Richardson
57 Posted 02/09/2023 at 09:00:11
Excellent business. £22m is most of what we paid in the first place (ignoring the wages). Albeit the SPL money had inflated transfers across the board.

Iwobi for me was another classic Everton purchase. Huge transfer price for a player who you never really knew what his position was supposed to be.

He had a great engine and gave his all but I could never work out why we bought him. He’s not really a winger, number 10, box to box or defensive mid. Anyway, he tried his best for us and it’s not his fault we paid a massive fee and gave him a massive contract.

Wish him well but personally think it’s good business for us for a change. He wasn’t going to sign another contract in any case.

Barry Hesketh
58 Posted 02/09/2023 at 09:17:12
Iwobi wrote on Twitter: “What a journey it's been Toffees. I've shared some of the most intense moments of my career with you all and it almost feels surreal it that it has come to an end.

“The Alex that arrived at Goodison Park in 2019 isn’t the Alex saying goodbye today. I owe that to the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful game we’ve lived and loved together. Thank you for an unforgettable ride and I wish you the best of luck, Blues.”

Andy Duff
59 Posted 02/09/2023 at 09:21:12
This money will go into the same place as the Arteta and Gordon money. He had to be sold but to not replace our most creative player is yet again failure by the club
Jim Lloyd
60 Posted 02/09/2023 at 09:30:11
Well said Lad! You gave of your best always. The best of luck to you an'all.
Keith Gleave
61 Posted 02/09/2023 at 09:35:08
So, four out none in. Already a thin poor squad.
Brian Williams
62 Posted 02/09/2023 at 09:37:30
That's not true though is it Keith?
Beto? Danjuma? Young? Harrison?
Dave Abrahams
63 Posted 02/09/2023 at 09:53:09
Brian (62), It’s still left us in a poor position with the attack strengthened and the defence and midfield still very poor.

Was he told not to sign until the last minute, he’d had his medical and agreed terms much earlier in the day.

We never even brought a player in on loan, that’s not Iwobi’s fault but we will struggle with this squad until January and God knows what will happen then with this club.

Something stinks again in the background and we are told nothing, I don’t blame Dyche or Thelwell for this state of affairs, we all know where the blame lies while the club stumbles towards oblivion.

£13M and £9M in add ons by the way so you can kiss goodbye to the £9M.

Mike Price
64 Posted 02/09/2023 at 09:58:02
Very happy he’s gone and can’t believe the fee we got for him, the Fulham support are not happy.
No more of his scurrying runs almost getting back, almost making a tackle, almost beating a man or almost scoring.
Dan Morris
65 Posted 02/09/2023 at 10:05:22
Has anyone done the Maths on all these players we've sold, what does it mean we've saved on wages between now and January window opening? Would help to put things in perspective for me. And I know it means nothing if we're still bottom by then...
Colin Bell
66 Posted 02/09/2023 at 10:08:23
Like many on here, I grew to like the lad, he was always a trier. Don’t know who sanctioned a £37 million purchase because it wasn’t deserved or necessary. The main issue has to be his stats, during his Everton career, he scored 6 goals and made 9 assists. Derek Mountfield did that in one season!!! That’s not good enough.

That said, his effort will be missed and he should leave with our thanks. Good luck Alex.

Brian Williams
67 Posted 02/09/2023 at 10:36:51
Agree with all that mate regarding the midfield and especially the defence.
Unfortunately Dyche and Thelwell are paying for past sins and trying their best to prevent the club going further into the pit of FFP or whatever it's bleeding well called.

We have to spend a couple (I hope no more) of seasons merely surviving and making ends meet before there'll be any light at the end of the tunnel.

I think we just have to accept that and keep our fingers crossed the plan (for there does now seem to be one) works.

Stuart Sharp
68 Posted 02/09/2023 at 11:24:19
We'll always have that goal against Newcastle. The one time you really got me out of my seat.
Steve Croston
69 Posted 02/09/2023 at 11:27:03
I think that the in-house clearout has begun...underperforming, overpaid dross like Iwobi, Gbamin and Maupay moved on and youngsters who are clearly not up to the task like Simms, Cannon etc sold for a decent price too.
For me, it's been a decent window; of course I'd have liked a few more faces, but we're not in any position to do that now. Let's batten down the hatches, grind out a few results and move up the table. Our squad has improved and we will win today, of that I'm absolutely sure.
Alan J Thompson
70 Posted 02/09/2023 at 11:42:38
I don't see it as "excellent" business. Excellent business is signing a player who fulfills a role very well for a reasonable fee and persuading him his future lies with Everton. Receiving a good fee (in this case possibly two thirds of what we may have paid) for a player who has stated he doesn't wish to extend his contract with us is merely what should be expected and, indeed, the minimum requirement for a club in our financial position. "Minimum requirement is maximum effort" doesn't just apply to those on-field.

As always, thank him for his efforts and wish him well in future then stand back to see if "Everton has touched him".

Tony Everan
71 Posted 02/09/2023 at 11:46:03
Iwobi was a victim of the ridiculous price we paid for him, that’s not his fault, he was never a £30m player. If we’d have bought him for £8m there would be a different perspective.

He’s not a wide man and I don’t think he’s a top class no10, he hasn’t the vision or clever football brain. So selling him in the last year of his contract for up to £22m is good business, now we need to get Harrison on the pitch to chip in with the lost assists. Then Iwobi will be quickly forgotten.

Anthony Jones
72 Posted 02/09/2023 at 11:46:24
Would have been great to see him replaced with Gnonto or Sulemana.

Iwobi never hid during the relegation battles, but it was 22 million versus nought next year.

Christy Ring
73 Posted 02/09/2023 at 12:15:36
I believe £22m for Iwobi is good business if we had to replace him, the same as Gordon money, totally bullshit by the board, The reason we signed no one yesterday was because the DoF had no money
Brian Williams
74 Posted 02/09/2023 at 12:20:07
160 games. 9 goals, 14 assists, 1 tackle. £22m. Hope they don't have a return clause in the deal.
Sam Hoare
75 Posted 02/09/2023 at 12:48:13
If Iwobi was one of the worst players you’ve seen then I can only assume you’ve been watching with your eyes closed. There’s a good reason that a club higher than us in the table have paid £22m which is a lot for a player with one year left.

Iwobi had a slow start with us but worked his arse off over the last 2 years and was comfortably our most creative player. I bet the same people who slagged him off will now bemoan our inability to keep hold of the ball or pass it up the pitch; although I’m not sure that Dyche’s plan anyway.

Hope he gets to play centrally at Fulham and is better appreciated by their fans. He won’t ever score a bucket load of goals but people saying he can’t pass or doesn’t have a brain are talking out of their arse I’m afraid as some of his stats from last season show:

Alex Iwobi 2022-23 ranked at Everton.

Minutes played - 98.6%

Assists - 1st
xAG - 1st
Key Passes - 1st
Passes into Final 3rd - 1st
Passes into Penalty Box - 1st
Progressive Passes - 1st
Progressive Carries - 2nd
Attempted Dribbles - 1st
Tackles - 3rd
Ball Recoveries - 2nd

Phil Gardner
76 Posted 02/09/2023 at 13:08:21
Spot on Sam.
Neil Cremin
77 Posted 02/09/2023 at 14:50:32
Someone on another thread said they wouldn’t have Iwobi on his first Everton 11.
Would love to see who would be on that 11 especially after todays result.
Dupont Koo
78 Posted 02/09/2023 at 15:05:58
£22MM for an expiring contract is a good deal: Thelwell has replenished the coffer nicely not only on Iwobi, but also on the sale of Cannon, the loan of Maupay and the buy-out of Gbamin.

(Whether he has the green light to spend the replenished amount is an entirely different subject.)

Iwobi's motor is massive but he might be one of the very few who makes worse final ball decisions in the attacking third than a young Gerard Delofeu. So, I am not exactly shedding too much tears on his departure.

Nontheless, I still wish him the very best of luck heading back to the Capital. He might be quiet, but he is also gritty deep down, which helped turning his Goodison career around and helped saved us for the 2 relegation-fighting seasons.

Neil Cremin
79 Posted 02/09/2023 at 15:32:32
My fear is that Iwobi, Maupay, simms and Cannon will all shine in their new environment. What would that then say about Everton. Hope I’m wrong and that there is a plan somewhere because the only good business is staying in the premiership.
Habib Erkan Jr
80 Posted 02/09/2023 at 17:53:00
He didn't want to extend his contract so this is the second-best outcome.
Paul O'Neill
81 Posted 02/09/2023 at 18:31:44
Best of luck Alex and thanks for you efforts for the Blues 💙
Graham Hammond
82 Posted 02/09/2023 at 19:42:37
I have said it before and I will say it again, I look forward to the day when we have ten outfield players better than Iwobi at Everton, I do not believe it will happen in my lifetime. Anyone that was impressed by the shite we served up today is watching a completely different game to me. Beto and Danjuma apart, the movement off the ball was a complete and utter disgrace just as it was at Villa Park. Best of luck Alex down at Fulham.
Mike Gaynes
83 Posted 02/09/2023 at 21:19:49
Neil #79, I would just point out that very, very few of the players we have sold have "shined" in their new environments, even quality talent like Richi and Gordon.

I liked him and considered him valuable, but we got back almost what we overpaid for him, and that's good business in my book. Thelwell impresses me more with every transaction.

Steve Brown
84 Posted 03/09/2023 at 17:21:29
Sam @ 75, don’t waste your time. Silva, Ancelotti, Benitez and Lampard picked him every week, but they must all be wrong.

Also, here’s Dyche on Iwobi after yesterdays game:

“We were hoping to do more in the market but obviously we all know about the situation in the market, how we are trying to construct deals, we didn’t get what we want, and Alex Iwobi left us which is a shame because I think he is a top player.”

Good luck and best wishes Alex. Hopefully, their fans will recognise a footballer when they see one.

Mike Price
85 Posted 04/09/2023 at 23:25:27
Steve #84,

Three of the managers you mention were sacked, the other one not far off getting sacked.

You have your opinion, mine is that Iwobi was a waste of a shirt, a complete sham of a footballer, and I'm shocked and thrilled that we got paid that fee for him.

Eric Myles
86 Posted 05/09/2023 at 02:09:40
Steve #84, and don't forget all his team mates that voted him Player's Player's of the Year.


Mike Gaynes
87 Posted 05/09/2023 at 03:17:11
Eric, yep, guess the guys who trained and played with him didn't know he was a "waste" and a "sham".
Lee Robinson
88 Posted 05/09/2023 at 09:19:45
It's a funny one for me with Iwobi, to me he didn't pass the eye test.

Like people have said I will be eternally grateful for him stepping up when it mattered the last 2 seasons when others didn't, we wouldn't have stayed up both occasions if it wasn't for his important performances and key goals (among a few others).

But at his age he still hasn't nailed down a position. Every manager apart from Frank has stuck him out on the wing, I prefer him central but is he good enough to take one of the spots regularly? The answer is no.

Lazy in the tackle, sloppy with the pass, his lifted slow lofted cross from the wing is one of the most frustrating things I've seen week in week out, and his shooting is abysmal lets be honest.

His energy, pace, adaptability will be missed. He was never injured, and I don't fault his attitude and will largely be remembered fondly, with that I'm glad as he seems a good kid, but we need to move on in terms of quality and cash in.

Neil Cremin
89 Posted 06/09/2023 at 13:48:44
Mike #83
I do think Gordon is coming good at Newcastle, but on the other only time will tell.

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