As the transfer market continues to build, Everton midfielder Alex Iwobi’s statistics from last season have continued to prove why the Toffees might struggle to keep him this summer, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
Iwobi was one of the very few Everton players who finished the season with his head held high amid the club’s worrying finish.
The Toffees managed to steer clear of relegation to the Championship on the final day of the campaign, having endured a very tough journey under both Frank Lampard and Sean Dyche.
While Dyche brought some stability towards the end of the season, he still needs to improve things drastically if the Toffees are to witness better fortunes next time around and keeping Iwobi will be very crucial to that.
Iwobi played all 38 Premier League games last season, scoring two goals and eight assists in the process and was among the leaders in terms of distance covered in the Premier League last season.
Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse sits top of the pile with 433.38km covered, followed by Brighton ace Pascal Gross with 418.88km, as per the official Premier League website.
West Ham star Declan Rice sits third on 412.95km, with the Hammers skipper followed by Toffees man Iwobi, who covered 405.77km throughout the season.
The 27-year-old was also crowned the club’s best player of the 2022/23 season, establishing himself as the most consistent player for the Toffees over the past two seasons and with his contract running out in June 2024, he has been a subject of transfer speculations just as he also delayed renewing his contract with the Merseyside club due to their doubtful Premier League status.
In a chat with our correspondent during Super Eagles training in Lagos for their 2023 AFCON qualifier against Sierra Leone, Iwobi reiterated his desire to play in Europe’s elite football competition again, having once played for Arsenal at that level.
“Of course, everyone wants to play in the best competition in the world and especially since I’ve played in the competition before. I would like to aim and get there. Wherever I am next season, we have to wait and see,” Iwobi told PUNCH Sports Extra.
Iwobi made a combined nine appearances in the Champions League for Arsenal in 2015/16 as well as 2016/17 seasons and scored a goal. His only goal in the competition was during Arsenal’s 4-1 away win against FC Basel in 2016.