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Paul Merson Unimpressed With Alex Iwobi


Former Arsenal man Paul Merson hasn’t been impressed with Alex Iwobi’s form and says the Nigerian winger ‘flatters to deceive’ at Everton. 

It has been nearly three years since the Toffees paid Arsenal £34 million for his services from Arsenal and Merson said bluntly ‘I’m not his biggest fan’.

Under Frank Lampard, as the Toffees aim to secure Premier League safety, Iwobi has been a regular under the former midfielder.

And whilst they suffered a crushing 3-2 defeat to Brentford over the weekend, Iwobi has still been one of Everton’s better players in recent weeks. 

A win at home to Crystal Palace on Thursday night will secure their safety in the Premier League.

Nonetheless, this was the verdict Merson provided of Iwobi.

“I’m not his biggest fan, if I am being honest,” said Merson to SkysportsNews: “I think he flatters to deceive. 

“But I think he has turned up. He has done well and worked from a base. And his work for the team. 

“What he does well is he takes the team up the pitch. When you are in a team that aren’t great, Iwobi will get you up the pitch. 

“He should get more goals. And he should get more assists.” 

Iwobi’s hasn’t been up to scratch in the English top flight, from 181 Premier League games, he only has 15 goals and 23 assists. In comparison, Saka, who also came through Hale-End like Iwobi, has 11 goals and six assists in the Premier League this season alone. 

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