Everton coach, Frank Lampard has assured Super Eagles player, Alex Iwobi, that he believes in him while urging the star to also believe in himself to thrive at the club.
Coach Lampard made the impressive comment about the Nigerian after
his sterling performance for Everton in their 3-0 win over Leed United at Goodison Park on Saturday February 12.
Captain Seamus Coleman scored the opener before Michael Keane headed in the second. Anthony Gordon wrapped up the victory which ended a run of six league games without a win as he scored the third goal.
For Iwobi, the match was his first EPL start for Everton under Lampard, and he did impress his coach and his team, having failed to prove himself under both Marco Silva, Carlo Ancelotti, and Rafa Benitez since his arrival from Arsenal in 2019 for £35m.
In the game against Leeds United, the Super Eagles forward had a pass accuracy of 82.9 per cent, 61 touches, 13 attacking third passes, and nine-ball recoveries. He also won six ground duels, created five chances, and made three tackles in the encounter.
His fine displays earned plaudits from the former Chelsea coach.
“Alex (Iwobi) demanded a place in the team with his performance and he just needs to believe in himself,” Lampard said after his side’s emphatic win over Leeds on Saturday.
“I certainly believe in him.
“One of the beauties of coming in like this is it’s a restart for everybody.
“What Alex (Iwobi) has done is that he trained at a great level.
“He demanded a place in the team with his performance. He had to do a lot of work off the ball and he did everything.”
The win means the Toffees move to within a point of 15th-placed Leeds and they are now five points clear of the relegation zone.
Everton will face Southampton at the St Marys Stadium next Saturday.