Frank Lampard believes Everton had the wrong ‘perception’ of Alex Iwobi after signing him from Arsenal and insists he has all the qualities to thrive as a central midfielder. Lampard says he used his own experience as a midfielder to recognise Iwobi’s threat from a central position and believes his ability to thrive was ‘restricted’ on Everton’s flank.
‘At the moment, I said it last week, I think he’s one of the best midfield players in the league in my opinion in terms of being a No.6 or No.8,’ Lampard said on Thursday. ‘His development has been brilliant. It’s a funny one, I think there was a perception about Alex when I came in, and it’s all his work, all I’ve done is support him and try to maybe adapt the position slightly, the rest is him.
Iwobi moved to Goodison Park from Arsenal in 2019 and will enter the final year of his contract next summer. After initially struggling at the club, the 26-year-old has flourished under Lampard. The Nigeria international has played every minute of Everton’s 10 games across all competitions this season.
The Nigeria international has been in superb form for the Toffees in the 2022-23 campaign. Having this in mind, the Premier League side are keen on having the former Arsenal player remain at Goodison Park for a longer period. Manager Frank Lampard confirmed this during a pre-match conference ahead of this weekend’s league showdown against Tottenham Hotspur.
After flattering to deceive in his first two and half years with the Merseysiders, Iwobi is enjoying a new lease of life under the guidance of former Chelsea man Frank Lampard as he establishes his place among the most consistent performers in the English Premier League this term. The Nigeria international accounted for three assists in his last four Premier League matches before Everton clashed with Manchester United at Goodison Park. And against the Red Devils, Iwobi produced a goal right out of the top drawer to hand the Toffees the lead against United after only five minutes.
Everton manager Frank Lampard believes Alex Iwobihas become “one of the best midfielders” in the Premier League and called on the Nigerian to show it more regularly. The 26-year-old, who endured an indifferent start to life on Merseyside, has impressed in a central midfield role this season. Iwobi’s first goal of the season – a wonderful curling effort from 25 yards – came in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Man United and Lampard says his ability has never been in doubt.