Carlo Ancelotti’s departure came very swiftly and was a huge shock to many people but fringe players at Goodison Park, such as Alex Iwobi, will be very happy to see that back of the Italian manager, according to Dean Windass.
Iwobi was signed for a huge and surprising £35 million fee from Arsenal in 2019 despite having a record of 15 goals in 149 appearances for the Gunners and despite having a fresh start at Goodison Park, the Nigerian international’s fate has been the same at Everton with just four goals in 65 appearances.
Several first-team players such as Cenk Tosun, Iwobi and Tom Davies will be eager to prove themselves to whoever their new manager will be, with many reports suggesting that it could be Nuno Espirito Santo or Paulo Fonseca.
When a new manager comes in everyone is back to square one, there are no favourites or guaranteed starters which is something that could help Iwobi kickstart his Everton career, according to Windass when he spoke exclusively to Football FanCast:
“Iwobi struggled having arrived with a massive price tag of about £35 million and obviously it didn’t work out for him under Ancelotti.
“‘He’ll be delighted he’s gone, I think because that’s what players are like and I’ve been there and worn the T-shirt when managers have gone who didn’t really fancy you.”
There were high expectations at Everton ahead of last season with Ancelotti at the helm and having brought in what appeared to be great signings with the likes of James Rodriguez, Allan and Ben Godfrey but they ended up finishing in a very poor 10th.
Whoever is appointed Everton’s next manager must be backed financially but in the right way and not waste money on players as they have done in the past but they must also be given time to deliver a long term project as no manager since David Moyes left has been able to do so.