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Alex Iwobi vows to give Ancelotti ‘headache’ after impressive cup win

Iwobi vows to give Ancelotti 'headache' after impressive cup win

Super Eagles midfielder Alex Iwobi says he wants to give Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti a ‘headache’ following his impressive return to the starting lineup against Fleetwood Town in the league cup.

Iwobi assisted Richarlison for Everton’s second goal before scoring himself just after the commencement of the second half to make it 4-1.

The Arsenal academy graduate believes another five-goal performance underlines “the confidence and quality” flowing through the Everton squad after their 5-2 Carabao Cup third-round victory at Fleetwood Town.

The Toffees will face West Ham United at Goodison Park next week in a last-16 fixture, with Everton now hitting the back of the net 14 times from their four matches in 2020/21 following their success by the same scoreline against West Brom on Saturday.

Speaking to the club’s official website after the match, Iwobi feels that shows the vast array of talent in Everton’s squad, with the 24-year-old buoyant about the season ahead.

“[The performance] shows the confidence and the quality we have, and the strength in depth,” said Iwobi. “We were able to rotate the team and got a performance so it shows we have a good team for the season.

“They changed their formation and became more attacking [after the break] but we were able to withstand it and go to the next round. We’re targeting every competition. We now move on to the next round and hopefully, we can beat West Ham as well.”

Alex Iwobi missed Everton’s opening two games of the campaign – the 1-0 league win at Spurs and 3-0 Carabao Cup victory over Salford City – due to a minor injury but came off the bench in Saturday’s success against West Brom.

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He staked his claim for a starting spot at Crystal Palace on Saturday with the Blues’ third goal, slotting home Anthony Gordon’s centre from the left moments after Fleetwood had got back into the tie at 2-1.

The Nigeria international admits he is hoping to give boss Ancelotti a welcome headache for the trip to Selhurst Park.

“It’s good experience for me to build fitness and I’m ready for all competitions so it’s good of the manager to give me this opportunity,” added Iwobi.

“It’s always good to score but the main thing is the team goes through to the next round. I’m glad I was able to help.

“Everyone wants to play and I’m trying my best to play in all competitions – hopefully I can give the manager a headache and play as much as I can!”

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