Everton boss Marco Silva slammed for ‘really weird’ Alex Iwobi decision
Everton boss Marco Silva is coming under increasing pressure after his side slumped to a 2-0 defeat at home to Sheffield United yesterday.
And one of the Portuguese manager’s decisions in particular has been questioned by former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino.
The Toffees spent in excess of £80m this past summer in their attempt to break into the Premier League’s top six.
Silva decided to spend large chunk of that cash, upwards of £30m, on signing winger Alex Iwobi from Arsenal.
But the Nigeria international has started just two top-flight games for Everton thus far and was benched for yesterday’s loss.
And Cascarino is at a loss to explain why Silva wouldn’t select Iwobi against a newly-promoted side at Goodison Park, describing the decision as ‘weird’.
“Have Everton really got the luxury to spend £30+million and have [Alex] Iwobi as a substitute? I find that really weird,” he told talkSPORT.
“You know he’s only just brought him to the club and he was a substitute yesterday.
“He might not have hit the ground running but I just find the dynamics really strange.”
Moise Kean, another of Silva’s summer signings, struggled against the Blades while Jean-Philippe Gbamin is out for eight weeks with a thigh injury.
Everton are currently closer to the relegation zone than the top six having accrued seven points from their opening six games.
And Cascarino thinks their poor start is down to there being a distinct lack of leaders and vocal players in their line-up.
“I’m looking round that pitch now and I’m thinking do any of them talk? Do they speak? They look like a non-talking team,” he continued.
“I remember their team when they had captains like [Phil] Jagielka, [Ashley] Williams who was the captain of Wales, Seamus Coleman captain of Ireland.
“I find it a very difficult scenario. You come up against a team [Sheffield United] that are a complete contradiction of what Everton are about, players that want to prove themselves at the top level and a manager [Chris Wilder] who is quite outspoken.”