Everton boss explains why he believes Super Eagles star is thriving in central midfield
Published: October 05, 2022
Everton boss explains why he believes Super Eagles star is thriving in central midfield

Everton coach Frank Lampard has explained why he believes Super Eagles star Alex Iwobi is thriving in a central midfield role this season. 


The legendary Chelsea midfielder  repurposed Iwobi as a deep-lying playmaker partnered with a natural defensive midfielder in almost all the matches played by the Toffees this season. 


In this new role, Iwobi is able to express his creativity and use his agility to evade pressure whilst also developing the positional discipline needed to play in deep areas.


Iwobi has had an exceptional start to the season, providing four assists in nine games across all competitions and was shortlisted for the Premier League Player of the Month for September on the back of his fine form. 


In quotes relayed by Liverpool Echo, Lampard said : "He did a lot for us last season but he played some games at number eight and I really liked him.


"I felt it suited his talent in terms of strength, quality of pass, he can go either way on players and I think sometimes on the wing that is restricted because you can't go either way when you are on the line in midfield.


"There are so many talents that I would have not liked to have played against as a midfield player so and then it's just the consistency."


It is looking very likely that Iwobi will extend his stay at Goodison Park as talks are already underway over a new contract. 


Everton, unbeaten in seven consecutive matches, host Manchester United in their next Premier League game on Sunday, October 9.


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Photo Credit : evertonfc.com


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