Everton ace’s display points towards growing competition in Marco Silva’s squad – opinion

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Off the Bench series, which places in-game managerial decisions and squad selections under FFC’s microscope.

Everton returned to winning ways last weekend as they beat Southampton 2-1 in a fairly dominant performance at St. Mary’s.


Everton looked much better down on the south coast than they have done in their past two Premier League games. In truth, after registering 24 shots and reducing Southampton to just four, the Toffees should be irritated it was not more.

One man who was part of this convincing victory was Alex Iwobi, who came off the bench this time to impress the Everton faithful. The former Arsenal man would enter the fray towards the end of the game in place of Theo Walcott, and put in a decent performance in a short amount of time.

Finally some competition amongst players

Gylfi Sigurdsson also put in a great show in the number 10 spot with four key passes, and this will now give Marco Silva much-needed competition within the squad.

Within the 16 minutes that Iwobi entered the pitch, he had 14 touches, played a key pass and also hit the woodwork.

The Nigeria international added a bit more mobility to the attack late on and showed Silva he can offer something different.

Iwobi has started just two games from an attacking midfield position so far, but his 7.02 rating in this spot compared to 6.31 from the left suggests it is his best position. On the other hand, Sigurdsson has had a topsy-turvy season from his usual spot behind the striker.

From scoring 13 goals in the league last season to registering just the one so far, the former Swansea man’s importance appears to have diminished and it’s down to the likes of Iwobi to fill the creative void.

Now, it seems that Silva is finally going to get some much-needed competition within the squad, which will only boost performances.

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