Gwladys Street podcast contributor Gary Callaghan (February 24, 14:53) says that Alex Iwobi offers less to the club than Theo Walcott.
The Toffees lost 3-2 to Arsenal on Sunday, with Iwobi, formerly of the Gunners, playing an hour of the clash.
Bernard replaced him and Callaghan believes that they improved as soon as the Brazilian entered the field of play.
Indeed, he went as far as to claim that Walcott, who has scored just once all season, is a better option.
He said: “I thought when him [Gomes] and Bernard came on we looked a much better team.
“I mean for me, Alex Iwobi offers us nothing and I know people come on here and slag Theo Walcott off, but he’s a downgrade on Theo Walcott for me.”
Walcott and Iwobi are not poles apart when it comes to their statistical impact on the team.
The former has scored just one Premier League goal this season, while failing to register an assist.
He has averaged 1.2 shots per game, along with one key pass and 1.2 dribbles, per WhoScored.
Walcott, by comparison, has scored once as well but registered two assists, registering 1.5 shots per game, 0.7 key passes and 0.6 dribbles.
While Iwobi clearly carries the ball more, there isn’t really much between the pair.
That’s a problem, especially considering that Everton and Director of Football Marcel Brands spent £34m on the 23-year-old.
He needs to improve if he is to maintain his spot in the starting XI.