The future of Alex Iwobi is in doubt as Everton target Oussama Idrissi confirms his desire to leave AZ Alkmaar.
Oussama Idrissi isn’t an unknown name in the offices of Everton. In fact, he could be an ideal replacement to Theo Walcott or Alex Iwobi in the team. The recent performances of Alex Iwobi do pose some serious questions on his form and calibre.
The Nigerian is a supremely talented player but has failed to show the world what he has inside his locker. Apart from a strong display against a Norwich side staring at relegation, the former Arsenal man hasn’t been a reliable source of energy and creativity since the restart.
In his first season at Goodison Park, underwhelming and uninspiring performances from Alex Iwobi has cast major doubts on why did the club hierarchy pay £34 million for his services. In fact, there’s an argument that he needs to be dropped out of the team as soon as possible and replaced by a more competent winger.
The 24 year old traditionally operates at left wing but has spent considerable amount of time on the right wing and has not impressed at either flank. To make matters worse for Iwobi, his Everton future has been put into more doubt as Oussama Idrissi of AZ Alkmaar has reaffirmed his stand to leave Eredivisie to upgrade his career.
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According to De Telegraaf, AZ Alkmaar winger has reiterated his desire to leave the Netherlands this summer. Idrissi has been previously linked to Everton and with such a ‘come get me plea’ statement, the Toffees might just revive the communication channel between Idrissi’s entourage and Alkmaar.
I have analyzed my season and that gives me even more ambition to take the next step. It was clear when AZ came in that AZ wouldn’t be my final destination. It would be crazy if I didn’t have that ambition. In the end, good footballers always want to act on the highest possible stage. In the Netherlands, that stage is missing.
The Eredivisie does not have the intensity and the clubs to participate at top level. As a result, hardly any top players come to the Netherlands, the top players who do stay here usually do not stay very long. (via HITC)
To some extent, the Moroccan’s argument has some weight in them. He has achieved a top notch level at AZ Alkmaar, scoring 17 goals and providing 10 assists in 42 games this term. His desire to play at the highest level is a sign how hungry he is for success.
The Moroccan is known to have a similar style of play of Arjen Robben. One of Idrissi’s trademark moves is to cut inside and strike curler or rocket the ball with his right foot. Everton could well take the chance to sign him and give him the exposure of the top level he has been craving for.
Oussama Idrissi would be delighted to make a switch to the Premier League and the chance to work with highly acclaimed manager Carlo Ancelotti could be the icing on the cake. As for Alex Iwobi, future at Everton doesn’t look bright if his displays continue to slump.
Can Oussama Idrissi be considered as an upgrade to Iwobi if he is signed?