Everton are unwilling to part with Alex Iwobi this summer.
According to football journalist Dean Jones, speaking to GiveMeSport, Everton are reluctant to sell Alex Iwobi in this transfer window despite rumours of a potential exit for the player, along with Jordan Pickford and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, being on the cards.
Given that Everton retained their Premier League status last season on the final day, the Toffees will find it easier to keep their most prised assets this summer than they would have had they succumbed to the drop. However, a significant bid for any member of Sean Dyche’s squad would surely test the Everton hierarchy’s resolve.
However, in the case of Iwobi, Jones believes the Merseyside club are intent on keeping him. Jones says, “he is one they want as an instrumental figure in the team.” As for the 27-year-old’s mooted availability, Jones insists that he does “not believe that to be the case.”
Should Everton sell Alex Iwobi?
Everton’s financial situation means they will likely have to sell at least one key player this summer. Iwobi is certainly someone they could attract a fee for. The ex-Arsenal man’s energy levels, work rate, and tactical versatility make him a very useful player. However, it could be argued he never lived up to the potential seen in him by former boss Arsene Wenger, who called the young Iwobi an “exceptional” talent.
Everton’s primary intent should be to keep Iwobi at Goodison Park, with the caveat that if a particularly big offer does come in then they should seriously consider it.
Iwobi is useful and reliable, but not irreplaceable. If a massive bid comes in, then Everton should take the money and use it to make upgrades in areas of the pitch that desperately require them. If no such offer arrives, then Dyche can look forward to keeping the 63-cap Nigeria international in his squad.