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Soccer News of Tuesday, 20 September 2022


Iwobi eager to prove critics wrong

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Nigeria international Alex Iwobi believes his mindset to “prove people wrong” is helping him express his best football at Everton.

The 26-year-old produced another superb display as the Toffees edged out West Ham United 1-0 in a Premier League contest on Sunday.

Iwobi was handed his seventh straight start by manager Frank Lampard and after a tale of missed chances, it was his pass that released Neal Maupay to score past Lukasz Fabianski and hand his side their first win of the season.

“We have been playing really well, "Iwobi told Sky Sports.

“The performances were good; it was just about getting the result. It’s good to get a win going into the international break.

“I didn’t get off to a great start. I always have the mindset to prove people wrong. The manager allows me to express myself.”

Iwobi has enjoyed a good run under Lampard and last season he played every minute of the last 12 matches to keep the Toffees in the topflight.

In total, he made 28 Premier League appearances, scored two goals, and provided two assists.

So far in this campaign, he has featured in every minute of Everton’s seven fixtures in the top-flight and recorded two assists – the most for his club.

Iwobi will now head to Nigeria to link up with the Super Eagles squad ahead of their friendly match against Algeria on September 27.