Super Eagles midfielder Alex Iwobi made a long-awaited return from injury in Everton’s pulsating come-from-behind win against Watford while defender Semi Ajayi was in imperious form as West Bromwich Albion climbed to the summit of the Championship on Saturday.
It was Iwobi’s first appearance since he limped off with a hamstring injury against former side Arsenal in December and marked his first match under Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti.
The 23-year-old lasted 65 minutes before being subbed off for Italian teenager Moise Kean in the drama-filled encounter that saw the Toffees score in added time in both halves to claim a dramatic 3-2 victory at Vicarage road.
Watford whose resurgence under new manager Nigel Pearson appears to have tapered off in recent games took the lead in the 10th minute through Adam Masina and Argentine midfielder Roberto Pereyra doubled their advantage three minutes before half-time.
Colombian defender Yerry Mina drew the Toffees level with two headed goals from corner kicks in first-half added time to send both sides level into the interval.
Both sides pushed for the win in the second half but with a draw looking the most likely outcome, substitute Kean fed Theo Walcott to score an added-time winner to cap a remarkable comeback for Everton.
Meanwhile, Super Eagles defender Semi Ajayi continued his imperial form in front of goal for West Bromich Albion who returned to the top of the English Championship with a 2-0 home win over Luton at The Hawthorns.
The English-born defender who has nine caps for the Super Eagles and had missed Albion’s last two league games scored his side’s second following Donervon Daniels’ own-goal to earn the Baggies their first three-point return on home soil since the beginning of December.
The win ended a seven-game winless run for Slaven Bilic’s men with Ajayi’s goal his fifth in twenty-eight league matches.