Everton’s troublesome league form continued this evening as they recorded their fourth defeat in five at the hands of Leeds United at Goodison Park.
It was a hugely entertaining affair, so much so that it would’ve been criminal to see the match end 0-0 but unfortunately for the Toffees, it was the visitors who finally broke the deadlock in the second half.
Carlo Ancelotti’s backline handed Raphinha too much time and space on the ball and with none of his teammates free, he tested Jordan Pickford with a surprising shot which found it’s way in from just outside the penalty box.
The Italian was without two key members of his defence with both Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne, who were both ruled out through injury. In their absence, Alex Iwobi and Tom Davies were deployed as wing-backs in a shock move.
And it’s fair to suggest that only half the experiment worked as the Englishman outplayed the winger-by-trade substantially.
Davies brought home a 7.2 rating by SofaScore having recorded three interceptions, two tackles, one key pass and one cross in 61 minutes of action.
On the contrary, Iwobi managed fewer tackles, interceptions and dribbles.
The €40m-rated (£36m) wide man also won just one duel, lost possession nine times and even made fewer passes than both Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Jordan Pickford.
Iwobi is yet to truly prove his price tag in Merseyside having arrived from Arsenal in a £34m deal in the summer of 2019.
In reality, that fee is looking like daylight robbery as the former Gunners graduate has delivered only one goal and one assist from 34 Premier League appearances for the Toffees, via Transfermarkt.
During the summer, the Nigerian winger was linked with an exit – according to the Mirror, he was one of several players free to leave should they receive a suitable offer.
With that in mind, the clock must be ticking over his long-term future at the club,
After displays like that, maybe Ancelotti should be looking to axe him permanently, especially when you consider that neither Niels Nkounkou nor Jonjoe Kenny were even named in the matchday squad tonight.
They are far better options to play in defence and it’s not like Iwobi is going to knock either Richarlison or James Rodriguez off their perches anytime soon.