Alex Iwobi was fielded in an unfamiliar right wing back role for Everton against Fulham on Sunday.
The Nigeria international is a winger or creative midfielder by trade but filled in in the absence of Seamus Coleman.
Iwobi admitted himself to Everton’s official website that he didn’t always know where to be defensively in his new role.
We asked for Everton goalkeeper Nigel Martyn during an exclusive interview about Iwobi’s display on the right of a back five in the 3-2 victory.
“Going forward, Everton looked fantastic,” said Martyn. “(Iwobi)’s a forward player, really. He looked very comfortable as he glided past three or four players and creates a goal going forward.
“It was a great run. But you wouldn’t want him as a right wing back having to track back Wilfried Zaha, for instance. Wilf would hurt him in that respect.
“It’s all about the balance in your team and who you’re playing. They probably didn’t see the threat coming down the left of Fulham. If you’re playing Crystal Palace you probably wouldn’t play him there.
“Go a bit more defensively, Coleman, if fit and able would be a stronger candidate for a game like that.. But it’s horses for courses; who you’re playing against and who they’ve got.”
“It’s how attack-minded you want to be. If Iwobi’s pushed on, you can pivot back around to a four at the back.
“That bit of skill he did which led to one of the goals, that side of it is brilliant. Defensively, you’re not going to get so much from him.”
Iwobi is the man in possession of the shirt but the weekend clash against Leeds – another of Martyn’s former clubs – will provide a sterner examination of his defensive work if Ancelotti picks him at right wing back again.
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