EFL Cup: Iwobi Stars, Iheanacho Disappointing, Havertz Sparkles, Aina, Obi Missing

Alex Iwobi marked his first start for Everton this season with a goal and an assist as the Toffees hammered League One side Fleetwood in the third round of the EFL Cup on Wednesday.

The Nigerian made his first appearance of the season from the bench in last weekend’s 5-2 drubbing of Semi Ajayi’s West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League, but was on for 90 minutes against Fleetwood as Carlo Ancelotti’s side recorded a similar scoreline to progress to the fourth round.

Iwobi, 24, recently called up for Nigeria’s double friendlies against Tunisia and Ivory Coast, assisted Richarlison’s second goal to put Everton two goals up and scored his side’s third after Mark Duffy had pulled one back for the home side.

Brazilian Bernard and Italian Moise Kean scored late goals to complete a 5-2 win for Everton.

Kelechi Iheanacho also made his first start of the season for Leicester but was disappointing as the Foxes fell to Bukayo Saka’s Arsenal at the King Power Stadium.

The 23-year-old striker who was also invited by Gernot Rohr for next month friendlies was wasteful in front of goal and spurned a number of chances which Leicester paid for as an own goal from Christian Fuchs and a late strike from Eddie Nketiah gave Arsenal a 2-0 win.

Elsewhere, new signing Kai Havertz scored a hat trick as Chelsea with Thiago Silva making his debut, hammered Championship side Barnsley 6-0 to progress to the fourth round.

The 21-year-old Germany international put Chelsea 2-0 up after Tammy Abraham opened scoring and added his side’s fourth and fifth goals before being substituted in the 66th minute for debutant Ben Chilwell who joined the Blues from Leicester.

Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud added late goals to complete the rout.

Newcastle United are also through to the fourth round after they put seven past Morecambe with Joelinton scoring a brace, while Fulham who didn’t list Ola Aina for the encounter, are also through with a 2-0 win over Sheffield United.

Mikel Obi was left of out Stoke City’s squad but the Potters had enough to see off Gillingham 1-0 to make the fourth round of the EFL Cup.