By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

15th Mar, 2023 | 6:10pm

We’re delighted to welcome former Everton striker Kevin Campbell as our exclusive columnist. Each week the former Toffees captain will be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Goodison Park…

Alex Iwobi is “versatile enough” to adapt to the arrival of Sean Dyche at Everton and has been “lucky” to perform well under the new boss, says Kevin Campbell.

The Nigerian international was arguably the star of the Frank Lampard era as the former Chelsea brought the ex-Arsenal man in off the wing and gave him a platform to realise his potential at Goodison Park, after flattering to deceive after a £34million move from the Emirates.

The manager’s sacking has seen the 26-year-old shifted back wide by Dyche as Abdoulaye Doucouré has benefitted in the middle, but Sky Sports pundit Campbell has backed Iwobi to maintain his status despite all the change.

He exclusively told Goodison News that he didn’t expect the managerial swap to be an issue, saying: “No I don’t. You play where the manager wants you to play, and it’s not been detrimental to Everton. 

“I think at home they’ve been very decent. They played well against Arsenal and they did the business against Leeds, which was a massive game, a big pressure game and they won it. 

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“It is what it is at the end of the day. Different managers want different things from players. 

“Alex Iwobi is versatile enough that he can play multiple positions. Lucky for him, he’s done pretty well under Sean Dyche.”

Iwobi appeared destined to join the long list of Farhad Moshiri-sanctioned arrivals who cost too much and produced too little before his elevation to stand out performer under Lampard.

He won over his doubters in that time, with the likes of Simon Jordan branding him “phenomenal” after having been “massively critical” [talkSPORT, 21 December, 12.28pm], and the Lampard himself called him one of the “best” midfielders in the league while admitting his own status at the position may have helped him see what was needed.

That was arguably the previous manager’s finest achievement at the club outside of surviving relegation last season, so yet another regime change and a switch back to his previous position could have put all that in jeopardy, but so far Iwobi has adapted well and has still started every Premier League game this season so signs are positive.