Back in the summer, Everton made a particularly bold decision in the transfer market.
The Toffees parted with an eye-watering £35m to bring Alex Iwobi to Goodison Park, even after the attacker hadn’t exactly set the world alight at Arsenal.
In his 149 appearances for the Gunners, Iwobi only managed to muster up 15 goals and 27 assists, which works out at an average of a goal involvement every 3.5 games.
He was hardly an end-product machine at the Emirates, so Everton’s decision to spend so much on him was definitely an eyebrow-raiser.
So far this season, he has failed to justify such a price tag with one goal and no assists in 18 Premier League appearances – against his former club last time out, he once again made Everton’s summer decision look foolish.
The Toffees’ saw their big-money swoop come back to bite them yet again as Iwobi failed to have a single shot on target, while his only attempt at goal ballooned over the crossbar when Gylfi Sigurdsson and others were well-placed inside the box to receive a cross.
He also managed to register just one dribble and one key pass, before Carlo Ancelotti hooked him off in the 60th minute.
Also on his return to the Emirates – his first appearance back at his old side since departing – the Nigeria international had just 28 touches of the ball and made a mere 20 passes.
It was just the latest edition in a string of ineffective performances from Everton’s big-money signing, whose attacking output this season has been nothing short of unacceptable for a player who cost so much.
The 23-year-old’s strike against Wolves at Goodison Park back at the start of September remains his one and only Premier League goal involvement for the Toffees, and their terrible summer decision to sign him came back to bite them yet again on Sunday.
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