By Darren Bent

12th Aug, 2019 | 12:00pm

'Not his biggest fan' - Exclusive: Darren Bent tears into Everton forward lacking 'quality'


Darren Bent has suggested that Richarlison is a better player than new Everton signing Alex Iwobi as he questions the decision making of the former Arsenal star.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England striker says that the 23-year-old has the ability to beat players down the wing but lacks the quality to make the desired impact in the final third.

Iwobi was a mainstay under Unai Emery in his final season at the Emirates Stadium, playing 51 times across all competitions but producing just six goals and chipping in with nine assists.

Bent, who watched Iwobi regularly as part of the Gunners’ fanbase, says that he was not overly impressed with the winger during his time in north London and that Everton already have a better player in the shape of Richarlison.

“I’m an Arsenal fan and I’ve never been Iwobi’s biggest fan,” Bent told Football Insider.

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“My thing with people has always been quality on the ball. Whether it was his final cross or his shot on goal, it was always under-hit or there was never really any quality there.

“He’d do the hard stuff, go past someone, and you’d want him to make the right decision, but he never seemed to get it right. I wouldn’t he’s better than Richarlison because he gives you goals, he’s got a bit more quality.”

Everton’s Brazilian ace played 38 times during his first season at Goodison Park, scoring 14 goals and setting up a further two assists.

The Toffees kicked off the new season with a 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace on Saturday, with Iwobi not featuring after his late move to Merseyside.

In other Everton news, Danny Mills has told Football Insider that he believes Marco Silva is bending the truth over his transfer claims.