The Super Eagles midfielder has been a positive in a team struggling to muster any
Since Frank Lampard’s arrival at Goodison Park, Alex Iwobi has had a sort of turnaround in opportunities, presence and form.
His confidence is high at the moment and his football is testament to it. To rate Iwobi above average even at his best would be excessive but he’s shown he can attain a respectable level when he’s in his element.
“The best part of a poor bunch,” a fan described him as after Everton’s home draw to Leicester. It was an apt description of his status in a team struggling to find a semblance of consistency or quality.
Against the Foxes, Iwobi’s endless running and desire were a livewire for the Toffees. He stuck it in at all times and fought resolutely till the end. From where the former Arsenal midfielder is coming from, this is worth celebrating.
As a young midfielder at the Emirates, Iwobi showed excellent glimpses, enough to impress national handlers. He has risen and fallen with the national team and as his club form slumped, his chances with Nigeria struggled also.
Super Eagles fans screamed for a creative midfielder, even with Iwobi showing to be the team’s brightest option, but his club form was so spineless that anything in his defense was deemed half-baked.
Whatever Lampard told Iwobi that has translated to a string of consistent performances, he needs to hear more of it.
Iwobi was excellent again tonight. His passing, skill, and technique offer us something different in that midfield 3 but most importantly he’s working extremely hard. His pressing, along with Gordon, made things happen tonight when we were struggling.
— Natalie Bargery (@nataliebargery) April 20, 2022
Alex Iwobi, my mate. Keep giving everything @alexiwobi.
— FFN (@FinchFarmNews) April 20, 2022
Iwobi dragging us out of the shit again. Outstanding for weeks now.
— School of Science (@SOS1878) April 20, 2022
For me, Iwobi again was #EFC‘s man-of-the-match but a special mention for Salomon Rondon, who provided the exact qualities the hosts needed from the bench
Strong in the air, with his hold-up play and a vital touch in the build-up to the goalhttps://t.co/edOPRDRWOO
— Adam Jones (@Adam_Jones94) April 20, 2022
Alex Iwobi and Anthony Gordon are running themselves into the ground trying to get us out of this btw
Iwobi for me was MOTM again #EFC
— Paul Brown (@PaulBrownEFC) April 20, 2022
Forgot to mention Iwobi. As stated many times was never the biggest fan but wow he’s come on leaps and bounds under Lampard.
Energy Levels are through the roof, Wanting to drive forward and create chances constantly. Really liking him under Lampard.
— Taylor Davies (@taylor_davies77) April 20, 2022
Whatever happens to Everton now @alexiwobi has shown up when it matters most. A man of incredible heart and professionalism. Took all the bullshit, said nothing..just got his head down, got on with it..and now our best player by far. Dragging us through games. Alex 👊👏👏👏
— @thestaveros (@the_staveros) April 20, 2022
Didn’t come off for Iwobi again in terms of his direct runs and balls forward but I can live with it because the effort and application is clearly there unlike earlier in the season. His work rate has been phenomenal the past few games. Just needs to add a touch more to his game.
— Thomarse (@efcthomarse) April 20, 2022
With his form at Everton, he’s back in strong contention for his place in the national team. Under the expected new coaching dispensation, the doors are open again to all, and it’s a new page to start on.
He’s doing himself a world of good by turning the heat up at the right time. In spite of Everton’s struggles and all the kicks going Lampard’s way, Iwobi is standing out as the light.
That light must also shine on his national team career as he vies to take his place back.
While his football isn’t perfect, and old weaknesses are still somewhat evident, the unforced desire to put all in will continue to stand Iwobi out.
In Everton’s win against Chelsea on Sunday, he stuck it all in again and came out flying as a right wing-back.
The Blue Flame Is Still Burning! pic.twitter.com/frviS3tWiF
— Alexander Iwobi (@alexiwobi) May 1, 2022
I say this all the time but Alex Iwobi’s press is one of the best in the game.
— Umir (@umirf1) May 1, 2022
A few months ago, I never wanted him in a blue shirt again. He’s put a shift in the past few months. Never thought that would happen.
Played Iwobi. 👏🏽 pic.twitter.com/cNxlRlzpNq
— Han’s Tours (@Hanstours) May 1, 2022
“I was doing all right but then played a sloppy pass,” he recalled when asked about the reaction he received from supporters during the 1-0 win.“The fans clapped the pass because they saw the intent. It was the first time that had happened for ages.” pic.twitter.com/l5BYZizE21
— Falcon Blues (@FalconBlues1878) April 28, 2022
How about Iwobi today?
Never, ever stops running and trying his best for Everton Football Club.
— Lea (@Lea_EFC) May 1, 2022
It’s definitely clicked now with this lad and he can see what we demand.
He’s been a breath of fresh air this last month and is dragging us to better performances
His workrate today was great!
Keep it up lad👌👌
— TheEvertonForum.com/forum – Register now (@TheEFCForum) May 1, 2022
Should the Toffees eventually escape relegation, Iwobi’s role in that success will never be undermined. He has given it all to the cause.
And if they miss out on safety, he has done enough to retain his place and status as a Premier League player. He deserves some flowers.
This article has been edited to reflect Iwobi’s latest performance against Chelsea