·27 September 2022
·27 September 2022
Everton star Alex Iwobi’s transformation under Frank Lampard can only be a good thing for the club following his change of position and he can now become a fan favourite at Goodison Park, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.
The former Arsenal star has been moved into midfield by the Chelsea legend and has been an ever-present in the Toffees’ side so far this season.
Everton splashed £35 million on the then-23-year-old in 2019 as he left north London and signed a five-year-deal on the blue half of Merseyside.
But he struggled to make a name for himself on the wing for his new club, scoring just seven goals in 105 appearances and providing eight assists.
However, now 26, Iwobi has seemingly been handed a fresh start under the guidance of Lampard, becoming a regular in midfield.
Iwobi has been happy with the change too, telling the Athletic that he has been ‘flourishing’ since his manager made the switch but is still learning to take more time in possession.
Lampard has praised his midfielder, claiming he has an ‘underrated’ ability to thrive on the ball and without it.
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O’Rourke believes Iwobi’s change of position has only been a good thing for both the player and the club as a whole.
He says that, after a tricky start to life at Everton, the former Gunner can now become a firm favourite of the Goodison Park faithful.
O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “Lampard’s got in there and seemingly found his best position and Everton are now seeing the best of Alex Iwobi. That can only be positive for everyone connected to the club that he is playing well, and I’m sure if Alex Iwobi continues this, he can make himself a big fans’ favourite at the club.”
While he may have started every Premier League game so far this season, Iwobi is not short of competition for places in midfield.
Amadou Onana, Idrissa Gueye and James Garner all made the move to Merseyside this summer to bolster Lampard’s options.
Meanwhile, Tom Davies and Abdoulaye Doucoure continue to fight for their place in Lampard’s three-man midfield.
In their last clash with West Ham, it was Onana and Gueye chosen alongside Iwobi, yet it was still the latter who impressed most, providing the assist for Neal Maupay’s winning goal.
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