FRANK Lampard has been singing the praises of Everton midfielder, Alex Iwobi, as the 26-year-old has enjoyed a terrific start to the season for the Merseyside club, reports goodisonnews.com.
Iwobi has been somewhat reborn under the guidance of the former Chelsea boss, who has moved the Nigeria international into central midfield.
Lampard confessed he would have ‘hated’ to play against Iwobi in his playing days, due to the midfielder’s relentless work rate on and off the ball.
Speaking to The Times, Lampard gushed over the Toffees midfielder, claiming he has ‘so many talents,’ which Everton can benefit from in coming seasons.
“He is playing with incredible consistency,” says Lampard. “He did a lot for us last season, played some games at No 8 and I really liked him. It suited his talent, in terms of strength and quality of pass.
“He has so many talents. I would not like to have played against him as a midfield player. He can run and run.”
Lampard is spitting facts with this one, Iwobi has been nothing short of excellent this season and continues to improve week on week in the Premier League.
The Everton midfielder has been in frightening form since making the switch to the central midfield role and looks to have finally found his natural position on the pitch.
Iwobi does the dirty work for the Toffees but highlighted his ability to contribute on Saturday against Southampton, providing an assist.
If the Nigerian can start to add goals and assists to his game, he’ll be one difficult player to beat and the thought of this is something for Blues to get excited about.
Lampard did, however, play Iwobi in a more centrally forward role on Saturday and this may be the key to breaking through on the goals and assists charts.
The former misfit is starting to flourish, much of this credit can go to Lampard for realising the midfielder’s true potential, the Toffees now have a real player on their hands.