Ancelotti makes surprise claim about £34m Everton star
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Carlo Ancelotti makes surprise claim about Alex Iwobi

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Carlo Ancelotti will be without Lucas Digne for between two to three months, according to the Liverpool Echo.

That’s a big blow for the Italian and the big question is – who’s going to replace the Frenchman?

Summer signing Niels Nkounkou is the obvious choice. He’s shone at left back in the EFL Cup and is a natural left back.

But he is inexperienced and with Ancelotti trying a five-man backline at Fulham last weekend, different possibilities begin to open up.

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Alex Iwobi played at right wing back in that 3-2 win, which was a surprise for a player who is most comfortable as a winger or a creative midfielder.

He looked good going forward, although Nigel Martyn told HITC he was unconvinced by some of his defensive work.

Ancelotti told his pre-match press conference he believes Iwobi could play at left wing back too, in the absence of Digne.

“We are thinking about this,” he said. “Three centre-backs can be an option still, we have Niels Nkounkou who is young but has a lot of quality. I think Iwobi can play on the left as a wing back, in my opinion. So we will see.”

When Iwobi signed for Everton for a reported £34 million in 2019, he likely didn’t envisage being talked about as a wing back option.

That’s a sign of how his Goodison Park career is still yet to ignite. Ancelotti has seemingly settled on his front three of Richarlison, James Rodriguez and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Iwobi hasn’t been able to force his way into midfield either, and may need to fill in out of position until Digne is back next year.

It would be a risk to play him at wing back on his weaker side as well, but Ancelotti is a seasoned tactician. Maybe he sees something we don’t!

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