Everton midfielder, Alex Iwobi, has revealed why he is one of the best runners in the team.
Iwobi has emerged as a key member of the Toffees’ squad under manager Frank Lampard.
And one of the impressive qualities of the Super Eagles star is his running abilities which was confirmed following blood tests which the Everton squad undertook.
And in a chat with Everton’s matchday programme. Iwobi said:”They showed I am one of the best runners in the team,” Iwobi said.
“I don’t know the specifics,I don’t understand the science,it is something to do with lactate.
“Doucs(Abdoulaye Doucoure), Andros(Townsend) and I were top.
“It’s weird, it’s always been there. I have always been able to run like I am now. There is nothing different about my training.
“I think my teammates knew I had the stamina, especially after the blood tests. Now they are seeing it…’You weren’t lying, you can run’. I just say the change of position helped me.
“It is where I grew up playing, I like to get on the half turn, get the ball forward. I am always trying to play to the attacking players and make something happen.
“When I play infield I get on the ball more and can take it up the pitch. I told him (Lampard) I’d played there for Arsenal but not had the opportunity for Everton.. that it’s where I’m most comfortable.
“He tried it and its worked so far, I felt he was half surprised I could run, he called me a machine.
“The manager spoke to me after Leicester about having a bit more tactical awareness. He said it’s nice to have the energy to run and chase and get back, but maybe sometimes preserve it, chill out so you’re not burned out.
“Other than that he said maintain the work ethic because it really helps the crowd engage with the team. Apart from that opening 10-15 minutes against Leicester,when I was literally chasing everything,I have generally got the press right.
“The manager knows I have the ability to press quickly and get back into shape.”