Agbonlahor: Iwobi is not a defender

Agbonlahor: Iwobi is not a defender
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti (right) with Alex Iwobi

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Dec 06, 2020. 13:00

Nigeria international Alex Iwobi should not be used as a defender according to Aston Villa legend Gabriel Agbonlahor.

The 24-year-old attacking midfielder has been operating as a right wing-back position for Everton with full-back Seamus Coleman out injured.

While midfielder Tom Davies has been played as a left-back by Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti with Lucas Digne out injured.

Agbonlahor urged the former English champions to bolster their squad in the next transfer window and stop playing players out of position.

“If you’re looking at Iwobi and Davies they’re not defenders so when you ask them to play in that position it’s tough for anyone,” Agbonlahor said on Goal.

“If I had to play in those positions I would be frightened. Those positions are where you do the most running in the team, it’s not their fault they were frightened and asked to play there.

Iwobi was also played as a right wing-back during Everton’s 1-1 draw against Burnley in an English Premier League match on Saturday.

“Ancelotti has got a lot of injuries in the wing-back and full-back roles, he just put his fittest players available in there,” he added.

“Maybe it’s something Everton need to look at it in the future, to add more strength in depth in full-back positions.”

Iwobi has played 11 competitive games this term for Everton and scored once in the process.

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