Everton flop Alex Iwobi cost £9m more than entire Brighton team combined that thrashed Frank Lampard’s terrible Toffees 4-1 at home


Everton star Alex Iwobi cost a cool £9million more than the entire Brighton starting XI that humbled the Toffees at Goodison Park on Tuesday night. The Seagulls thrashed Frank Lampard’s side 4-1 to leave the Chelsea legend clinging onto his job on Merseyside with Toffees fans in open revolt. It was a night to forget for Everton as they were crushed by Brighton, despite fielding players who cost more than the entire Brighton team combinedGetty Among the shoddy performers for Everton included Iwobi, who is currently negotiating over a new contract. Those talks were opened following an upturn in form from the former Arsenal man, who starred with a number of impressive performances in central midfield, but now supporters are calling on the club to halt talks after his latest display. In 2019, the Nigeria international made the switch to Goodison Park for a fee of £35m from the Gunners – which raised eyebrows at the time considering his lack of impact at the Emirates. In comparison, the entire Brighton side that rocked up north to batter the Toffees 4-1 in their own backyard on Tuesday night cost a total of £26m. And of that total, a large chunk of that is taken up by summer signing Pervis Estupinan – who cost the south-coast side £15m from Villarreal and replaced Marc Cucurella, sold for £62m to Chelsea. Brighton’s entire front four – Evan Ferguson, Solly March, Jeremy Sarmiento, Kaoru Mitoma – cost a total of £2.5m, with the former three all coming up through the academy. Brighton’s 18-year-old striker Ferguson was on the scoresheet at Goodison ParkGetty Most read in Football REST IN PEACE West Ham joint-chairman David Gold dies after short illness as tributes paid probe USA boss Berhalter says he was blackmailed at World Cup and admits to kicking wife funny Specsavers troll Everton as Brighton pile misery on Lampard with hammering race on Man United 'can't be written off' from Prem title charge as Arsenal slip up DANGER Lampard on brink of sack as Everton fans turn on players after Brighton defeat RETURN Martinez given hero's reception as Man United fans unfurl controversial banner Also in the side from the youth set-up is captain Lewis Dunk and goalkeeper Robert Sanchez, while defender Levi Colwill joined on loan from Chelsea in the summer. Goalscorer Pascal Gross arrived from Ingolstadt for just £3m while Moises Caicedo – most recently linked with a £70m switch to Liverpool – joined for just £4.5m last year. It puts Everton‘s transfer business over the past few years to shame where inflated fees have been paid for players who have not lived up to expectations. Iwobi is just one example, with his performance drawing criticism on social media from fans, especially with negotiations over an improved deal happening in the background. Iwobi was one of the Premier League’s most in-form players earlier this season, but now his and Everton’s form is on a rapid slideGetty He currently earns £70,000-a-week at Goodison Park, with his current deal running until 2024, but a new contract could see his wages increase to £100,000-a-week after an impressive start to the season which has since fizzled out. Everton have now lost nine Premier League games out of 18 – winning just one in the last ten and find themselves firmly in a fight to survive relegation. Lampard has come under huge pressure in recent weeks, who admitted: “I cannot control the talk or the decisions when you are around this area of the table.” talkSPORT BET OFFER OF THE DAY Get up to £25 in free bets + 25 free spins* – CLAIM HERE 18+ New customers only. Opt in, bet up to £25 (min. £10) on selected events at odds of 2.00+, in 7 days. Get up to £25 in free bets on selected events + 25 Free Spins on D10S Maradona slot. Bonuses expire in 7 days. Card payments only. T&Cs apply, see below. begambleaware.org | Please gamble responsibly SEE ALL FREE BETS HERE