PREMIER - Rafael Benitez praises Tom Davies and Alex Iwobi
Everton manager Rafa Benitez has singled out Alex Iwobi and Tom Davies for special praise. The midfield duo both endured fitness problems during last month’s Carabao Cup clash with Huddersfield but impressed the Blues boss with their resilience.
Everton were drawing 1-1 with the Championship outfit when Moise Kean was sent off just on the hour mark. However, despite being seen to be limping, Iwobi remained on the field to help ensure the Toffees won and progressed.
While the Nigeria international stayed to aid the team as Andre Gomes teed up Andros Townsend who grabbed the winner on 79 minutes, Davies too had kept going before being substituted for Lucas Digne.
Benitez lauded the pair in his programme notes for Monday’s visit of Burnley and said: “I want to say how much I liked the character and determination of Alex Iwobi when he was hurt against Huddersfield but stayed on the pitch to help his teammates. Tom Davies, too, had a problem in his quadriceps but kept working so hard.”