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October 08, 2020, 11:33:17 AM
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Think he'll prove to be a valuable player for Ancelotti this season.
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October 08, 2020, 01:44:57 PM
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I'm a bit torn here. I've wanted him to come good for a while and it seems as if that's happening now and he's definitely producing as well.

But I'd really like to see more of Gordon as well. He's impressed so far and I'd like to see him get more gametime at this level. He's exciting to watch too.

Heart says Gordon but head says Iwobi is going to grow this season and be a highly thought of player by the end of it.
    

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October 08, 2020, 04:46:31 PM
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The Athletic :

In so many areas of his table-topping Everton squad, Carlo Ancelotti has talented players with international pedigree.
The Italian knows his best team. He knows who can come from the bench to help protect a lead or if they need to chase a game.
But as the transfer window closed in England on Monday evening, one intriguing uncertainty remained: What does he do with Alex Iwobi?

A player signed in August last year by his predecessor Marco Silva in a deal potentially worth £34 million is already approaching a crossroads in his brief Everton career.

Iwobi is only 24 and is a player who has not yet fulfilled his potential, but he will not have been deaf to the whispers Everton that were willing to sell him in this summer.

His 14 months at Goodison Park have been underwhelming — just one goal and one assist in 28 Premier League appearances, 19 of them starts and only eight league starts since Ancelotti was appointed at Christmas. He will also be aware the left-sided remit he was signed to fill is no longer a guaranteed position in the new manager’s evolved 4-3-3 formation, which sees Andre Gomes on the left of a three-man engine room and Richarlison on the same side of a free-flowing attack.

But as the Everton manager takes stock of his squad over the international break, having moved on another highly-paid former Arsenal winger who was surplus to requirements by loaning Theo Walcott to Southampton, he may see signs that Iwobi can serve a purpose. He just needs to decide where he fits in.

The Nigeria international timed his best performance in a long time well, coming on in the 25th minute of the 4-2 home win over Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend. As Richarlison hobbled off, Iwobi needed to perform much better than his previous top-flight cameo from the bench, away to Crystal Palace the previous Saturday.

Those two substitute appearances, although contrasting in length, underline the dilemma Ancelotti faces over using Iwobi.
Let’s start at Selhurst Park, when Iwobi replaced James Rodriguez in the 86th minute with Everton holding onto a 2-1 lead and under increasing pressure.

As Palace pressed and pushed, the visitors desperately needed to keep the ball and take the sting out of their attacking play. But in the eight minutes, including stoppage time, he was on the field, Iwobi lost possession three times. He completed just one pass. His lack of composure allowed Palace to break down the left twice in about 30 seconds, although they were unable to capitalise.

He was not the only Everton player who struggled in such a tight encounter. Tom Davies had even less involvement, coming on in the 90th minute, but he also lost the ball on three occasions.
It made for a jittery ending in south London.


Alex Iwobi will have his work cut out to become a regular starter this season (Photo: Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)
However, Iwobi’s form in the Carabao Cup has been much more promising. He was unfortunate to miss the 3-0 win over Salford City with an injury. In that match, Anthony Gordon, who is five years Iwobi’s junior, had a particularly bright game.

So he had a point to prove when given a starting place in the third round tie at Fleetwood Town, and, to his credit, he took his chance. His assist for Richarlison’s second goal of the night, a classy back-heeled pass, stood out and he played a part in two more goals during the 5-2 victory.

Even more encouraging was that performance against Brighton. He directly created Rodriguez’s first goal — his first league assist for Everton — and then did his best impression of the Colombian with a sumptuous through-ball for Abdoulaye Doucoure to tee-up the former Real Madrid man’s second.

Iwobi was making things happen. Only Rodriguez and Doucoure were involved in more passages of play that resulted in shots, and importantly he was getting the ball into the area.

He had also been far less profligate than in the Palace game. His passing accuracy was 82.6 per cent and he completed 19 of his 23 passes — comparable with man of the match contender Doucoure, who played the full 90 minutes and completed 52 of 56.

Given more playing time, Iwobi’s attacking metrics are promising. It’s presumably why Silva and director of football Marcel Brands paid so much for him when they were unable to land Palace’s Wilfried Zaha last summer.

Last season, when he made 29 appearances in all competitions, Iwobi’s number of progressive passes — which Ancelotti demanded more of after taking over — was notable, and he contributed the second-highest amount of passes into the opposition penalty area of any Everton player.

He is willing to take risks on the ball, to attempt shots and, although it can lead to him being dispossessed, it can also create openings.
According to Whoscored.com, Iwobi’s overall shots per game average last term was 0.9 — second-most at Everton only behind Richarlison, who made seven more appearances than him. He was also third at the club in terms of average key passes per game with one, behind Lucas Digne (2.1) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (1.5). He was joint third, too, when it came to dribbles per game on 1.3, with Richarlison (1.7) and Seamus Coleman (1.4) ahead of him.

The statistics point to a better player than the overall impression he has left on Everton supporters up until now. So often, Iwobi fails the ‘eye test’, appearing to switch off at key moments or to not cover as much ground as others. Combined with his price tag, it has led to an understandable degree of scepticism.

Given the strong options available to Ancelotti after a successful summer in the transfer market, Iwobi will have his work cut out to become a regular starter. And when he does play, he will need to find far greater consistency than he has so far in an Everton shirt
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That will be more difficult coming off the bench, but with his confidence hopefully boosted after the Brighton game, Iwobi may become one of many in Royal Blue who is dragged up a level by the team’s talented new recruits — especially Rodriguez.

Ancelotti, a man rarely prone to knee-jerk assessments, is unlikely to simply give up on Iwobi in the short-term.
With Everton hoping to compete for both domestic cups and secure a top six finish this season, he may just have an important role to play.
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October 08, 2020, 08:58:57 PM
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I'm a bit torn here. I've wanted him to come good for a while and it seems as if that's happening now and he's definitely producing as well.

But I'd really like to see more of Gordon as well. He's impressed so far and I'd like to see him get more gametime at this level. He's exciting to watch too.

Heart says Gordon but head says Iwobi is going to grow this season and be a highly thought of player by the end of it.

Evertonians (not just you, Todd, many of them) seem to have it already decided he's ready for the prime time right now. Not saying he hasn't shown flashes of his talent (he has), or that his future doesn't look bright (it does), but he's a kid. He still has a lot of work to do before he's truly Prem-ready. IMO.

We're deep on the left-sided attack; he's not going to get in ahead of Iwobi, or (for now) Bernard. Anywhere else is asking him to play out of position, like on the right, which would mean not only would we be looking for him to get up to speed in the Prem, but at an unfamiliar position at the same time.

He'll come good, it's looking nearly certain, but like so many others he's going to need time and thus, supporters need patience. He's not Mbappe, or Rooney, or any other teenager who burst onto the scene so young.
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October 08, 2020, 09:01:24 PM
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3 mph is about 4.8 km/hr so is a big drop off.
Waltzer was saying 2 thirds, ie even a fraction of 1 km/h is actually a big jump in speed. 1km/h is 0.277778 metros per second so thats pretty massive, people talk about speed over ten yards, so 1km/h advantage will get you 27cm, about 1.3 ball widths or 66.6 recurring holgates. disclaimer that is probably all wrong I am shit at maths quote this at your own social risk  ;D

October 08, 2020, 09:17:23 PM
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Waltzer was saying 2 thirds, ie even a fraction of 1 km/h is actually a big jump in speed. 1km/h is 0.277778 metros per second so thats pretty massive, people talk about speed over ten yards, so 1km/h advantage will get you 27cm, about 1.3 ball widths or 66.6 recurring holgates. disclaimer that is probably all wrong I am shit at maths quote this at your own social risk  ;D

These are top speeds though. We don’t have acceleration values so tough to know who is faster over 10 yards etc.
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October 08, 2020, 09:45:09 PM
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Plus people like Salah and mbappe run with the ball at incredible speeds, DCL is a good runner but he's not great pushing it out in front and going.

Needs to develop that heavy first touch all great strikers have.
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