Everton FC head coach Carlo Ancelotti explains reasons for excluding red hot winger Alex Iwobi despite dazzling performance during the Yuletide season.

According to Italian manager, Iwobi was dropped from the matchday squad because he needs rest after back to back games in the Premier League.

“He has played a lot of games and he needs some rest to be fresh again. Maybe the rest is good for him.
“Iwobi had a little problem during training, we didn’t want to take the risk,” Ancelotti said during his pre-match interview as cited by Punch NG.

“We have more players back. We have Richarlison and James Rodriguez on the bench, it’s good to have important players.

“The squad is improving. We can prepare well for the next games.”

Nigerian football followers were on a huge doubt after searching through the team list without seeing the Nigerian in the starting eleven or on the bench.

Iwobi’s recent performance was acknowledged by the manager after a well perfectly timed cross from few yards outside the box fell nicely for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who made no mistakes to find the back of the net.

The precautionary measures taken by Ancelotti on his players is understandable looking back at how his key striker James Rodriguez was left out of the first team as a result of the injury. The manager currently wants to avoid such since the league season has gotten to the crucial stage.

Everton was condemned by a resilient West Ham United after Tomáš Souček scored on the 86th minute to hand three points to the visitors.

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With over 14 Premier League appearances under his belt so far, Iwobi is currently one of the most preferred option alongside Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who remains the club’s top scorer in the league this season.


At least, his involvement in the first team can be considered better than last season under Marco Silva.


A possible return on the 9th of January 2021

Ancelotti is expected to summon the Nigerian attacker when they take on EFL Championship side Rotherham FC in the FA Cup round of 32 at Goodison Park. 

Published by Ibiye Ambille

Senior editor, Loves talking football with added analysis.

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