Everton fans will be enjoying their weekend after a fantastic performance against Crystal Palace, writes the TBR.
An impressive 3-0 victory has lifted Frank Lampard’s side up to 11th after three defeats on the bounce.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Anthony Gordon and Dwight McNeil scored the goals, but there were brilliant performances across the pitch.
After the match, Frank Lampard picked out Conor Coady and James Tarkowski for praise.
However, it was the impressive performance from Alex Iwobi yesterday that drew his teammate’s attention.
Iwobi has been in superb form this season after struggling to make his mark since arriving from Arsenal.
The Nigerian international admitted he probably surprised Lampard with his performances in training.
He’s certainly surprised some Everton and Arsenal fans with the levels he’s reached this season.
The 26-year-old set up the first goal for Everton, performing a tight turn to give himself space before firing a pass into Calvert-Lewin’s feet.
The striker still had plenty to do, but turned the Crystal Palace expertly before hiring past Vicente Guaita.
It was Iwobi’s piercing pass into the path of Demarai Gray that broke the Crystal Palace press and eventually lead to Gordon’s goal.
He then added his second assist of the day just before full-time, playing a composed flick into McNeil’s path.
Iwobi took to Instagram after the match to celebrate his side’s win.
He posted with the caption, “Two things I care about, my family and my team”.
His teammates flocked to praise his performance.
Calvert-Lewin saluted Iwobi’s impressive performance, while Neal Maupay called him a ‘baller’ after yesterday’s appearance.
Midfield partner James Garner called him a ‘player’, while Ben Godfrey simply said ‘ridiculous’.
Everton struggled to find the right balance in midfield last season, but Iwobi’s shift into the centre of the park has transformed them.
New signings Amadou Onana and Idrissa Gueye have allowed Iwobi the freedom to affect the game further forward.
Lampard will be hoping Iwobi replicates yesterday’s impressive performance every week going forward.