Everton Boss Lampard reveals why He chose Iwobi as Leader

Everton Boss Lampard reveals why He chose Iwobi as Leader

Frank Lampard says he’s not surprised by Alex Iwobi’s form for his Everton this season.

Iwobi has been deployed in a range of positions, including on the wing and as a wing-back, before settling into a central midfield role – albeit in different capacities–this term.

He has been impressive for Lampard’s side this season, providing two assists despite playing from deep lying midfield role.

“The benefits of Alex were very clear early in my days of getting here,” Lampard told the Club’s official website.

“He’s versatile because of his qualities, and he’s also versatile because of his humility. Anything you ask of him, he does it, and he does it really well. He’s an intelligent footballer.

“When considered moving him into central midfield, I asked him about the positions he’s played throughout his career. He literally named pretty much every position on the pitch! He’s done it all.

“He’s never said to me, ‘I need to settle into this position in the end’, which some modern players can.

“I think he’ll always be a player who can play at a high level in a number of roles.

“It’s not a surprise [how well he’s playing]. When I came in there was almost a little bit of negativity around Alex from certain areas outside, people kind of boxed him off, but I understood straight away that the dressing room respected him and that’s a big deal.”

The Nigerian international has featured in all Toffees Premier League games so far this season.

He’s expected to be in action when they take on Southampton later this weekend at the Saint Mary Stadium.

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