Alex Iwobi has undergone an incredible transformation at Everton in recent weeks. From someone who drew a lot of criticism before even stepping onto the pitch in a match, he is now one of the most important members of Frank Lampard’s team.
It’s fair to say that it took the former Arsenal man a long time to reach these heights following his move to Merseyside in 2019. He recently said that playing in his natural position is a big help, but added to that is increased confidence. he has been granted.
It’s not just the Blues crowd that has sparked that, although the midfielder commented on a time when he was applauded for a misplaced pass recently, and fans appreciated the idea behind his direct attack. It’s not just Frank Lampard’s belief either, as the new boss is keen to cast him in a more central role than he’s been used to at Goodison Park thus far.
As the comments on the club’s latest program show, the confidence of his Everton team-mates is also key. They were asked who is the most skilled player on the team, and one answer stood out more than most.
Anthony Gordon commented: “Alex Iwobi. He’s very sharp and his combo game is very good. He’s got some crazy skills too!”
Meanwhile, Seamus Coleman admitted: “In training, it’s full of Cruyff’s steps and turns. It’s very difficult to take the ball from him.”
Ben Godfrey simply said, “Alex Iwobi. It’s like street football!”
Mason Holgate said something similar, commenting, “He’s got crazy feet!”
For context, the Nigerian international was also asked for his opinion and selected Demarai Grey, as did Asmir Begovic and Andros Townsend. The winger himself, meanwhile, returned the favor to Iwobi.
Perhaps this is just another aspect pointing towards greater confidence from the midfielder as this transformation under Lampard continues. He has become one of the most athletic players on the team, constantly chasing and pressuring opponents into difficult positions.
In fact, his manager has recently had conversations with him to tell him to avoid running directly at opponents on some occasions, reserving himself for more measured attempts to gain possession. His off-ball work rate is being widely respected by all who have enjoyed his performances at Goodison Park recently.
And playing at center has also given him the chance to show off the skills his teammates have often praised in training. Everton locals have heard for some time about the Nigeria international’s strong attitude behind the scenes, and now they’re watching him transform into displays of himself on the pitch.
Marco Silva, Carlo Ancelotti and Rafael Benitez all seemed to have reservations about playing Iwobi in his natural position in attacking midfield. However, since Lampard relied on him to be the team’s creative hub, his deep passing and hard grafting have been key factors behind something of a resurgence in the team in recent weeks.
But, that versatility that he has been almost forced to show so many times during his time at the club is still evident. He shows the strong attitude of him that he has been so willing to take on any role for previous managers, and it has been the same with Lampard.
The 26-year-old was tasked by the manager to line up in a primarily right-back position in a tough game against Chelsea, defending against a marauding Marcos Alonso, and he did so admirably. He had two tackles, as many interceptions, three blocks, and his 46 touches were the most for the hosts.
Perhaps more than anyone else, Iwobi epitomizes how a more positive attitude has helped players improve. He has only made minor adjustments to his game, but they are now highly respected by the fanbase, and that’s even without considering his crucial late goal against Newcastle United last month.
Everton fans will love to read so much praise from his team-mates in terms of his coaching abilities. May that continue for a long time.