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Sport Forget Iwobi: Rafa must unleash rarely-seen 18 y/o "top-player" amid huge EFC setback - opinion

12:40  25 november  2021
12:40  25 november  2021 Source:   footballfancast.com

Forget Iwobi: Benitez must unleash Everton’s £4.5m-rated “important player” - opinion

  Forget Iwobi: Benitez must unleash Everton’s £4.5m-rated “important player” - opinion Everton will be hoping to end a five-game winless run when they take on Brentford in their Premier League clash this afternoon. The Toffees were hapless in their 3-0 defeat at the hands of reigning champions Manchester City last time out, failing to land a glove on Pep Guardiola’s charges throughout the 90 minutes. In […]The Toffees were hapless in their 3-0 defeat at the hands of reigning champions Manchester City last time out, failing to land a glove on Pep Guardiola’s charges throughout the 90 minutes. In fact, Everton managed just 23% possession, one shot on target and one corner in that game as City strolled to a comfortable three points.

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Everton’s honeymoon period under new manager Rafa Benitez has come well and truly crashing down, with a run of just one victory in the last nine fixtures in all competitions.

And things could be about to get even worse for the Toffees. An extensive injury list, including Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Yerry Mina and Abdoulaye Dourcoure grew over the weekend when Demarai Gray had to be substituted with an abductor problem.

Coupled with the fact that both Mason Holgate and Richarlison will be forced to watch on from the sidelines due to suspensions, Sunday’s trip to the Brentford Community Stadium could be one to forget.

Forget Rondon: Rafa must unleash “fantastic” £49.5m-rated EFC gem, he’d terrify MCFC - opinion

  Forget Rondon: Rafa must unleash “fantastic” £49.5m-rated EFC gem, he’d terrify MCFC - opinion Everton are in a position where picking up points is becoming crucial as the race for the European places intensifies, with Leicester, West Ham and Arsenal in direct competition to steal a spot in the Europa League. The Toffees could have done with an easy three-pointer after the international break after going five games without […]The Toffees could have done with an easy three-pointer after the international break after going five games without a win. Alas, they will face Premier League champions Manchester City next Sunday, and Rafael Benitez will be planning on how he can break down the Cityzens’ title-winning defence.

After providing five goal contributions in his opening 12 outings for Everton, summer signing Gray has quickly established himself as a key player for Benitez’s side.

Therefore, his enforced absence over the weekend will be a big blow to the Blues’ chances of success, and his regular understudy Alex Iwobi is once again having a season to forget.

Following his arrival as a 17th-minute substitute against Manchester City, the Nigeria international had just 37 touches of the ball – seven fewer than Jordan Pickford – and failed to produce a single shot or key pass, as per SofaScore.

Since arriving on Merseyside for a whopping £34m back in 2019, Iwobi has found the back of the net on just six occasions in his 76 outings, illustrating how it may be time for Benitez to take a risk and try something new.

Everton set for potentially season-defining boost in January, fans surely buzzing - opinion

  Everton set for potentially season-defining boost in January, fans surely buzzing - opinion Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly ended their pursuit of Everton forward Richarlison.In the final weeks of the summer transfer window, it was revealed that the Ligue 1 giants had identified the highly-rated 24-year-old as a potential replacement for Kylian Mbappe.

And with Lewis Dobbin at his disposal, he has the ideal opportunity to do just that. The 18-year-old gem has been a standout performer in Everton’s youth academy for many years now, impressing with David Unsworth’s U23s over the last six months.

“He’s going to be a top player, there’s absolutely no doubt about that,” Unsworth revealed in a recent interview with the Liverpool ECHO (as relayed by The Athletic).

Dobbin bagged his second goal of the campaign last time out against Brighton and Hove Albion in what was his best performance of 2021/22 so far, and he could be ready for his next challenge over the coming weeks; Benitez just needs to be brave enough to unleash him.

And, in other news…Brands could be on the verge of repeating Everton’s awful Thierry Small disaster

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