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Carlo Ancelotti urges Alex Iwobi to state his best position

Alex Iwobi in Everton colours

Carlo Ancelotti has counselled Alex Iwobi to discuss with him face-to-face his preferred position after a complaint on Instagram.

The forward has featured in a number of roles since teaming up with the Goodison Park outfit in the summer of 2019 from Arsenal and recently he was deployed to a wingback position.

The Italian confirmed that he read Iwobi’s post and urged the forward to tell him his best position, citing an example of Andrea Pirlo who was deployed to the midfield at his request during his time at AC Milan.

“I read the post. I want to speak to him, of course. I want to know his preferred position because usually, I want to put a player on the pitch where they are comfortable to play, not where they are uncomfortable to play,” Ancelotti said, as per the Guardian.

“If he has an idea of where he prefers to play I have to know, I want to know. I would be delighted to know his preferred position and I’ll put him in his preferred position for sure, no doubt.

“I am going to tell him: ‘Tell me, I am your manager, tell me where you want to play. When I thought to put Pirlo as a holding midfielder I asked him: ‘Do you like to play there or not?’. ‘Yes’, he said to me, ‘I’d love to play there’ and so I put him there.

“If he wants to play number 10 or number nine I’ll put him at number 10 or number nine no problem. I can adapt the system.”

Everton are currently sixth on the Premier League table after gathering 46 points from 27 games and a win against the Clarets could see them move into the top five.

 

Samuel AHMADU

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