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It didn’t take long for new signings Moise Kean and Alex Iwobi to make an impression at Goodison Park, and the match against Wolves showed how they could be key additions this season.
Prior to their introduction at the weekend, in which both players made their first league starts of the season, the Toffees had scored just one goal in three Premier League matches, and had struggled to break down the likes of Crystal Palace, Watford and Aston Villa despite having the majority of possession in two of those games.
Everton have looked lacklustre for much of the season. Their six shots on target prior to the weekend underlined their lack of attacking threat, with question marks over Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s goalscoring ability.
It is little surprise that the introduction of Iwobi and Kean on Sunday led to more goals. They both provide tremendous energy and their high pressing subsequently led to their opening goal, with the former Juventus striker harrying Rui Patricio into a mistake.
Iwobi showed similar desire for his headed goal, just as he did in midweek against Lincoln. The Nigeria international arrived at Goodison with a point to prove which is so far being replicated in his performances.
Crucially, the Toffees now have competition for places. Richarlison is scoring and could move back into a central position as he did at times last season, whilst Bernard is also well in contention for a starting place having scored against Watford.
Both Kean and Iwobi are great technical players. Kean proved that with his goalscoring record in Serie A and at international level, whilst Iwobi has also shown he is capable of scoring goals and providing assists. His strike in the Europa League final is a fine example of what he is capable of, but he is a player who can frustrate in equal amounts, as his final product is often underwhelming.
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However, as shown in the match against Wolves, their intelligence off the ball could prove very useful, and their energy and pace could cause the opposition to make mistakes. Iwobi, for example, already has four tackles to his name this season despite playing only 104 minutes.
As the pair play more they should get a better understanding of the playing style and what to expect from teammates, which will be particularly useful for Kean as he looks to get on the end of opportunities created for him.