Former Everton star Michael Ball insists that Alex Iwobi simply isn’t good enough, tactically, to play for the club.
The Toffees star has struggled since his arrival at Goodison Park and has failed to really nail down a consistent position.
The ex-Arsenal man has made a total of 66 appearances for the club, featuring on the right-wing, the left-wing and in attacking midfield throughout his time on Merseyside.
In that time, he has scored just four goals and laid on a mere five assists, and Ball does not think he has the required ability to make a real impact at the club.
He has stopped short of criticising him too harshly, and has actually praised Iwobi’s work ethic, but he does not think he has shown enough during his time in Merseyside so far.
Ball said: “He’s complained in the past that he’s not playing in his favourite position. What position that is, I’m not too sure.
“Desire and effort he’s got, he shows it, when he’s playing out of position he does work hard so you can’t fault him on that but I just think his ability, especially under Rafa and under Carlo, tactical wise, lets him down a little bit.”
Iwobi has a contract that runs until 2024 at the club and he is valued at £19.8m by Transfermarkt.