EVERTON manager Sean Dyche has revealed that the club were reluctant to sell Alex Iwobi to Fulham.
The Nigeria international was sold to Everton’s Premier League rivals in a deal completed late last night for around £22 million.
The 22-year-old Nigeria international was one of Everton’s best players last season, featuring in all their 38 Premier League fixtures, and Dyche was sad to see him leave.
The limited options in Everton’s squad showed today as they named just seven substitutes, including two goalkeepers, for their Premier League clash at Sheffield United.
“It’s not ideal. We’re stretched,” Dyche told TNT Sport just ahead of kick-off.
“The business model of the club is changing. We didn’t want Alex (Iwobi) to leave but you have to look at the reality of the situation.”
The Toffees are stretched thin, with Neal Maupay leaving yesterday for Brentford on transfer deadline day and Dominic Calvert-Lewin not fit enough to return, along with Michael Keane and Lewis Dobbin being out injured.
Meanwhile, Netherlands international striker with Nigerian heritage Arnaut Danjuma rescued a point for the Toffees at Bramall Lane, scoring a second-half equaliser in the 2-2 draw.
Abdoulaye Doucoure poked home in the 14th minute to give Everton the lead with their first goal of the season, but Sheffield United delighted their home fans with a fine finish from Cameron Archer and an own goal from Jordan Pickford to take a 2-1 lead into half-time.
Danjuma then finished off a brilliant team move in the 55th minute as both sides earned their first points of the campaign on matchday 4.