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Alex Iwobi was Everton’s main man vs West Ham

Everton claimed their first victory of the Premier League season yesterday, with a solid 1-0 victory against a struggling West Ham United.

Although David Moyes had commanded the Goodison Park dugout for 11 years, it was the new man in charge who has been earning all the plaudits.

Frank Lampard’s efforts to repair the wedge Rafa Benitez drove between players and fans has been nothing short of sensational and rank highly on the list of positive impacts he has had on the club.

However, probably his most miraculous turnaround was the decision to move underperforming winger Alex Iwobi to central midfield.

From what was seen as another piece of terrible business, having spent £34m on the Nigerian back in 2019, the former Arsenal man somehow now continues to prove why he should be the first name on the team sheet for his 44-year-old boss.

His performance against the Hammers further cemented this status, where he again produced a workmanlike yet classy display that only serves to enamour him more with the Goodison faithful and his manager.

Not only did he slip Neal Maupay in for the winner, but the 26-year-old also recorded two key passes in a performance that saw him voted as Player of the Match by the Everton fans.

To claim such an award in a game which saw so many fine performers further proves his importance to the team.

He was a creative influence throughout, and despite losing possession 18 times, it is clear that his desire to try something different paid off with the goal.

This could be compared to the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, who too often loses possession but last season assisted 12 times.

However, it is his defensive workload that truly leaves fans speechless.

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Everton's Richarlison celebrates scoring their first goal

Firstly, where did Everton finish in the Premier League?

From a toothless winger offering little creativity, his three clearances, one blocked shot and one tackle supports the statement made by Joe Thomas of how he is the catalyst for an Everton team showing “lots more bite.

Somehow he has turned his career round on Merseyside, much to the delight of the fans, and the confidence his performances are breeding only serves to improve him further.

He has quickly become a fan favourite, and performances such as this will only strengthen the bond he has formed with the Evertonians.

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