By Noel Whelan

24th Nov, 2020 | 10:33am

Exclusive: Whelan U-turns on Everton player after 'Excellent' latest sighting

Noel Whelan has heaped praise on the Everton midfielder Alex Iwobi for his “excellent” performance against Fulham.

The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed it was the first time he has seen the player the Toffees bought from Arsenal in August 2019.

The 24-year-old started at right wing-back on Sunday as Carlo Ancelotti switched to a back-five in a bid to end a run of 10 consecutive games without a clean sheet.

Despite conceding two, the decision paid dividends with the Toffees winning 3-2 thanks, in part, to an inspired performance from Alex Iwobi.

The Nigeria international has been widely criticised by Whelan and other pundits for his displays in an Everton shirt since his £27million arrival from Arsenal but he may have found a new home in the unfamiliar role of right wing-back.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Iwobi’s performance at Craven Cottage, Whelan said:

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“This new system allows the wing-backs to get nice and high to create chances and we saw that with Digne on Sunday.

“For the first time, Iwobi looked like a fantastic player. He was thriving down that right-hand side, he was linking up with people and causing major problems for Fulham because he has the energy to work box-to-box.

“The Fulham win was the first time I have seen the Iwobi that Everton bought from Arsenal. I thought he was excellent.

“He brought a lot of attacking presence to the game and did his defensive duties as well. Carlo Ancelotti will be really please with his performance.”

In other Everton news, Darren Bent dismisses January transfer plan as ‘headless’.