Everton of England midfielder, Alex Iwobi was missing from The Toffees’ squad that failed to get victory against visiting Crystal Palace, who featured Eberechi Eze in full-flight action, megasportsarena.com reports.
In what could resurrect recent qories about a COVID-19 infection for Iwobi during international duty, the former Arsenal star remained rooted to Everton’s bench, on a night Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to deliver a blow to Everton’s European hopes as his equaliser grabbed Crystal Palace a 1-1 draw.
While Eze was found popping in and out of the match highlights, Iwobi’s team looked set to move level on points with Tottenham in fifth when James Rodriguez found a way past Palace’s goalkeeper Vicente Guaita, who was in inspired form in denying Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison.
However, Batshuayi, who had last week accused Roy Hodgson of not trusting him enough, amid a lack of game-time this season, was on hand to level the game with just four minutes remaining and this latest setback means they have won just one of their last eight EPL home games as their form at Goodison Park continues to hold them back.
While Eze failed to get n the scorers’ card, even as he tested Robin Olsen from an angle but that was as good as it got, the result leaves Iwobi’s side in eighth place, two points behind Tottenham Hotspur in fifth, albeit they have a game in hand.
Eze, from distance, and Wilfried Zaha both forced Olsen to make saves, but it was Batshuayi, who on duty with Belgium had said he had the trust of his country but not his club, who struck within two minutes of going on to make it just one victory in eight home matches for Everton.