Iwobi: Two tackles, four interceptions – Everton star’s solid defensive impact against Leeds United

Even in their attacking role, the Super Eagle put on a notable defensive display as Frank Lampard’s Toffees tied points with the Peacocks.

Alex Iwobi was at his best as Everton drew 1-1 at Leeds United in Tuesday’s English Premier League exit.

As well as assisting Anthony Gordon for the Toffees’ opener at Elland Road, the Nigeria international was brilliant defensively to make life easier for Vitalii Mykolenko and James Tarkowski’s efforts.

And the stats proved that Iwobi’s strong defensive contributions played a key role in helping Frank Lampard’s men tie points with the Peacocks.

The former Arsenal man – who was in action from start to finish against Jesse Marsch’s side – accounted for two tackles, four interceptions and two clearances while fouling in the process.

Despite not registering a shot, Iwobi made a key pass, completed a dribble and was stripped twice in the close encounter.

Moreover, the Toffees star has 38 touches, 24 assists and a passing accuracy of 66.7%.

The 26-year-old’s performance is no doubt a response to criticism from Garry Birtles of his performance against Brentford on Saturday.

Birtles, 66, blamed Iwobi for the chaotic defense that led to the Bees’ late equalizer at Gtech Community Stadium.

With six minutes remaining on the clock, unmarked Vitaly Janelt found enough space to slip the ball past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

“Look at that, how many blue shirts are there? There’s the movie, which picks up [who]? Look Iwobi, stood there without looking. It’s an outrageous defence,” the former England striker told World Match commentary, as quoted by Goodison News.

“He looked offside there but Iwobi, he’s right there, look, what’s he doing!? How many blue shirts can you see there? Four in a line with no red shirts and white women there. A man in there scores a goal, it’s shocking.

“Pickford is going crazy, and rightly so.”

Unlike Iwobi who saw every minute of action, Abdoulaye Doucoure was not on the action list as he is yet to recover from a thigh injury.

The result lifts Everton to 15th in the English top flight standings having picked up three points from five matches played so far.

Lampard’s men go in search of their first league victory of the 2022-23 season in the Merseyside derby before taking on league leaders Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

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Edward L. Robinett