Everton made Alex Iwobi the Toffees’ joint-highest earner after the forward left Arsenal for Goodison Park in the summer, according to Nigerian publication Legit.
Iwobi left the Gunners after playing 149 competitive fixtures for the North London side across all competitions (TransferMarkt), and has already represented his new club three times, scoring twice.
According to Nigerian publication Legit, Iwobi had been earning £70,000-a-week at the Emirates Stadium, which would have placed the 23-year-old twelfth on Arsenal’s wage bill, per figures supplied by Spotrac.
A similar wage would have placed the Nigeria international joint-twelfth with Seamus Coleman at Goodison Park, however Legit suggest Iwobi secured a 71.4% pay rise by leaving his boyhood side for the Toffees, where he now earns £120,000-a-week – the same as Yerry Mina and Bernard, the Blues’ joint-highest earners (Spotrac).
Should the figure touted by Legit be true, Lagos-born Iwobi would be due £24,960,000 in wages over the course of his four-year contract, bringing Everton’s spend to a possible £58,960,000 once the potential £34m transfer fee (BBC) is considered.
That said, Spotrac note that Iwobi earnt £50k-a/w at the Emirates Stadium having signed a four-year extension in August 2018, and agreed to remain on the same wage when he put pen to paper with Everton.
It would remain to be seen if Iwobi could justify being Everton’s highest earner, having often struggled to directly influence results in North London, with 15 goals and 27 assists to his name from his 149 appearances (TransferMarkt).
He has started his Blues career promisingly, though, with the goal to put Everton back ahead in the Carabao Cup trip to Lincoln City and then in the Premier League encounter with Wolverhampton Wanderers. However, the 23-year-old has fashioned just two other shots in the top-flight so far and has played just one key pass, according to data collected by WhoScored.
Being on the alleged £120,000-a-week would also place Iwobi above Richarlison (£90,000-a-week) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (£100,000-a-week) on Everton’s wage bill, who ended last season with 13 goals each in the league and are already leading the way for goals and chances created at Goodison Park this term.