By Azeem Siddiqui

12th Aug, 2022 | 9:10pm

Alex Iwobi credits Frank Lampard for reviving Everton career

Everton winger Alex Iwobi has credited manager Frank Lampard for reviving his career at Goodison Park.

The 26-year-old is now becoming a first-team candidate after impressive performances in the previous campaign under Lampard.

Iwobi was quoted in a report by Metro where he heaped praise on the boss and revealed that he gave him the belief to go and express himself on the field.

“He’s [Lampard] just given me that belief to go and express myself, no matter what position I’m told to play,” he said. “I mean, I can come into training and don’t know where I’m going to train. It could be anywhere.

“But he’s always speaking to me, and he knows that I have the capabilities to play anywhere. He just says, go and express yourself and, play how you train.

“He’s always seen that ability from me in training so just says, when you’re playing in a match, do the same.”

Important

Ever since his arrival at the club, there have been question marks about whether Iwobi will be able to live up to the hype or not.

After three seasons, it is far to say that he has not put in performances like many would’ve expected but his contributions, especially in the last 12 months make him a candidate to become a permanent starter.

It is important that with Lampard’s first full season in charge at the club, the 26-year-old continue his development as a player and become a product many thought he would be at the time of his arrival.

Iwobi has been an Everton player since the summer of 2019 when he moved from league rivals Arsenal in a deal worth £27.36 million.

Since then, the Nigeria international represented the Merseyside club in 98 matches across all competitions where he managed to score seven times and provided seven assists as well [Transfermarkt].