Super Eagles legend, Austin Okocha, has revealed that his nephew and Everton midfielder, Alex Iwobi, is beginning to live up to the potentials he showed at a tender age while applauding the impact of Frank Lampard in his new found form and consistency.
Iwobi has been arguably one of Everton’s best players this season with his intelligent plays having been moved to the heart of the midfield crowing his impressive displays so far with a stunning strike against Manchester United over the weekend – the goal was Iwobi’s first of the season for the Toffees.
Okocha who’s revered as one of the most skilful African players of all time having played professionally in England, France, Germany, Turkey and Qatar scoring a total of 101 goals in 492 appearances says he’s delighted to see Iwobi playing in his natural position, enjoying his football and getting the accolades he deserves.
“It’s great to see him playing to his potential,” Okocha told Everton Live, the Club’s live pre-match show. “We all knew that he’s got something special, but it’s taken him a little while to settle down and I also think playing under a great manager, who really wants to improve his game and has been playing him in his right position has made a big difference.
“Alex is down to earth. You can’t expect a player to give any more than he does. Whether it’s going well for him or not, you can guarantee he’ll put sweat on his jersey and that’s what you want from a player _ to give 100 per cent at any given time. That, for me, is the minimum requirement for a player and Alex gives that every time.
“I’ve always said to him that he can be too honest! But [playing in different positions] shows he is willing to sacrifice for the team, even if that affects his personal goals and performances.
“I’m glad to see him playing regularly in his natural position, where he can get on the ball and make things happen.
“I think Everton are enjoying the best of Alex now and we’re all delighted that he’s playing well.”
On Lampard, Okocha said: “He was such a great player and his record speaks for itself.
“It was a delight to have played against him and also to have watched him play.
“I’m so happy he’s passing on his football knowledge now as a manager and I’m not surprised he’s doing well as a manager.”