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·24 September 2022

Everton: Lampard has transformed 'superb' £34m star at Goodison Park

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Everton star Alex Iwobi has been “superb” for the Toffees this season, says journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The £34m winger has been playing in midfield under manager Frank Lampard, and O’Rourke feels that he is absolutely thriving there.

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What is the latest news involving Iwobi?

Iwobi could be in line for a new contract at Everton. According to The Athletic, the Merseyside club have opened talks with the 26-year-old about a fresh deal.

Iwobi has been a key player for Lampard since his arrival at Goodison Park. The Nigerian has played in all seven of his side’s Premier League fixtures this season, while last term, he managed to make 15 appearances under his current boss.

Since Lampard has come in, the former Arsenal man has spent a lot of time in midfield, playing there in the recent 1-0 win against West Ham.

During the summer transfer window, Everton added Amadou Onana and Idrissa Gueye to their squad, so their midfield does look to be in good shape right now.

What has O’Rourke said about Iwobi?

O’Rourke has been impressed by what he has seen from Iwobi so far this campaign.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the journalist said: “I think he’s been superb for Everton this season. He’s seemingly found that role in the team that suits him in central midfield. He’s roaming about and showing great energy.

“Obviously, he’s come in for a lot of criticism over the last couple of seasons after his big-money move from Arsenal, but I think Frank Lampard has finally nailed down his best position in the team.”

Will Iwobi remain in midfield?

His future certainly does seem to be in that area of the pitch. Since breaking through, Iwobi’s end product has not been the best, so he has not always been able to impact games out wide.

In his first two seasons at Everton, where he mostly played as a winger, Iwobi managed to score just two goals in 55 league outings.

With that in mind, starting more centrally and a bit deeper, which he has been doing under Lampard, makes a lot more sense.

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Speaking about the Nigeria international last month, Lampard said (via BBC Sport): “The benefits of Alex were clear to me very early in getting here. He’s versatile because of his qualities and his humility. Anything you ask of him he just does really well because he’s an intelligent footballer.”

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