Alex Iwobi has explained how Marco Silva and Marcel Brands “lured” him to Goodison Park, with the Nigerian claiming he wants to “make a name” for himself.
The former Arsenal man joined the Toffees on Deadline Day for an initial fee of around £28million, which could rise to £34million, having spent the past four seasons playing for the Gunners.
The 23-year old is seen as a key signing with Silva desperate to add more goals from width, and Iwobi was top target with the forward having been directly involved in 10 goals in the Premier League last season.
Talking to evertontv, Iwobi explained how Silva and Brands tempted him to Merseyside by promising him the club was the perfect environment for him to fulfil his potential. Iwobi said:
I spoke to the manager and Marcel and they almost lured me in.
The offer was too attractive for me to turn down.
The manager was telling me, ‘There is a spot for you, we will take care of you’. Basically, all the things you want to hear as a player.
I always had that youngster tag at Arsenal, so hopefully with this move I am able to make a name for myself in the Premier League and create history with Everton.
Iwobi also credited the rest of Everton’s summer business. The versatile forward was the final of seven summer signings, while he was the most expensive. Iwobi continuted:
It is exciting times for Everton. I was able to look at the transfers and players they have brought in – some great talent. It is not just me.
There were quality players here before [the summer] and they are still here.
The manager has worked with Richarlison for a long while and made a name for him. Hopefully he can do the same for not just me but Moise Kean and a few others who came in, too.
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I love the Silva and Brands dream team, I really do. It’s fascinating and amazing to hear what the duo can do to convince elite players once they get them in the room, especially Brands, who genuinely comes across a nurturing father figure.
As I mentioned before, I’ve really come around on the Iwobi signing, and I’m now really exciting to see how he performs and how he fits into Silva’s team.