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"He's struggled" - Exclusive: Ex-Toffees star drops honest verdict on £50k-p/w Everton man

This is Futbol logo This is Futbol 17/05/2021 Jake Sanders
Alex Iwobi on a court © Provided by This is Futbol Iwobi

Speaking exclusively to This Is Futbol, former Everton striker Marcus Bent has lent his support to Alex Iwobi following his difficult spell with the Toffees.

The Nigerian made the switch in the summer of 2019 from Arsenal in a £34million deal, but has struggled to become a regular during his time at Goodison Park.

Iwobi has started just 17 of Everton’s 36 Premier League games this season, managing just one goal and two assists, with no goal contributions since Christmas.

The former Gunners attacker was an unused substitute for the third time in the Merseyside outfit’s previous top-flight fixtures as they were shockingly beaten 1-0 at home by already-relegated Sheffield United at Goodison Park on Sunday evening.

The attacker, who reportedly earns £50,000-a-week, turned 25 earlier this month and has already racked up over 200 career appearances, more than 150 of which have come in the Premier League, but is yet to really make his mark for the Toffees, if truth be told.

But Bent told This Is Futbol that Iwobi still needs time to find his feet on Merseyside, in order to win Carlo Ancelotti over.

“We can talk about James McFadden and Kevin Kilbane, both of them struggled when they first came in back in the day.

“Coming from Arsenal to Everton is far from home – the culture in a sense, I have learned that on my journey, being away from family and friends.

“He’s only been there nearly two seasons. He’s struggled in a sense the technical side of his and Everton’s side of football, but I think he can come good with time.”

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