Super Eagles midfielder, Alex Iwobi has been named in the English Carabao Cup Team of the Round of 32.
Iwobi has had an outstanding year so far. In fact, 2022 has been a year of resurgence for the Nigerian midfielder. Iwobi’s brilliant displays began last season, as he fit in perfectly into his role at fullback and played a big role in his side’s Premier League survival last season.
This season, the 26-year-old midfielder has taken it a notch higher. Everton boss, Frank Lampard has given him a new midfield role. Iwobi in turn has not disappointed, as he has been one of the best players at Goodison Park so far.
The former Arsenal man dished out yet another scintillating performance for Everton in their 1-0 Carabao Cup victory at Fleetwood on Tuesday.
Iwobi assisted Demarai Gray’s 28th-minute strike, which turned out to be the vital clincher.
Asides from his assist, Iwobi recorded 85 percent pass accuracy, 77 touches (more than any player on the pitch), four key passes, and eight accurate long passes.
The Carabao Cup via its twitter handle shared its player ratings as per Whoscored, and Iwobi completes a midfield trio, alongside Steven Alzate (Brighton) and Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).
David Cornell (Preston North End), Jaden Brown (Sheffield Wednesday), Carl Pier Gianni (Steven age), Kal Naismith (Bristol City), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth), Will Evans (Newport County), and Kane Wilson (Bristol City) complete the eleven.
As the nephew of Jay-Jay Okocha, Iwobi never could quite emulate the prodigious steps once taken by his illustrious uncle, but at 26, time is still very much on his side to etch his name into Premier League folklore, but it may come as a diligent midfielder, rather than as a tricky and unpredictable attacker.
Once again against Fleetwood, Iwobi was absolutely everywhere, covering every blade of grass, closing down with an inexorable zeal and galloping forward in sinew-stretching strides. This was another complete performance in the heart of Everton’s midfield.
There have been few things to cheer about at Everton this season, with the club still winless after three league games, but the continued emergence and renaissance of Iwobi as a repurposed No. 8 could prove the magnum opus of Frank Lampard’s still infant career in the dugout.