By Sean Fisher

22nd Sep, 2022 | 1:54pm

Alex Iwobi named in six-player shortlist for Player of the Month after starring in makeshift Everton role

Alex Iwobi’s superb form at Everton has been rewarded with a nomination for the Premier League’s September Player of the Month award.

Iwobi was named alongside Philip Billing, Kevin De Bruyne, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Jacob Ramsey and Marcus Rashford in the shortlist, after he helped Everton to four points in two games across September.

The makeshift central midfielder first starred in the Toffees’ goalless draw against Liverpool, and then recorded the assist for Neal Maupay’s strike in their recent 1-0 win v West Ham.

Manchester City’s Erling Haaland won the first iteration of the award for his efforts in August, and Iwobi now has the chance to stand alongside him, with the winner likely to be announced at the end of the month.

Fans can vote for Iwobi to win the award here.

Starring in his new role

It’s hard to think of another player that has undergone such a drastic change of opinion in such a short time.

In the last 12 months, Iwobi went from being a frustrating transfer failure to the first name on the Everton team sheet under Frank Lampard.

Deciding to convert Iwobi into a central midfielder is perhaps Lampard’s biggest stroke of genius since he arrived at Goodison Park, and the side’s midfield balance with Amadou Onana and Idrissa Gueye forming a trio is looking the strongest it has done in the last decade.

Iwobi’s all-round game has come on leaps and bounds since moving to midfield, and his defensive and offensive contributions have clearly been noted by the Premier League as well as Toffees fans.

Iwobi’s right up there among the favourites to win the award at the end of the month, and he’s on the right trajectory to claim the club’s Player of the Season at this rate too.