Iwobi has something special – Jay Jay Okocha hails Everton midfielder


Former Nigeria captain, Austin ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha, has said Alex Iwobi is now playing to his potential at Premier League side, Everton.

Okocha has been impressed by his nephew’s impressive form at Goodison Park.

It had led to the Super Eagles legend stating that the midfielder is now fulfilling his potential under manager Frank Lampard.

Okocha reiterated that Iwobi boasts special qualities which have taken him a while to display since leaving his boyhood club Arsenal.

In Iwobi’s last three matches for the Toffees, he accounted for two assists and a goal scored in the club’s 2-1 loss to Manchester United.

Speaking on Everton Live, the English topflight side’s pre-match show, Okocha said: “It’s great to see him playing to his potential. We all knew that he’s got something special, but it’s taken him a little while to settle down and I also think playing under a great manager, who really wants to improve his game and has been playing him in his right position has made a big difference.

“Alex is down to earth. You can’t expect a player to give any more than he does. Whether it’s going well for him or not, you can guarantee he’ll put sweat on his jersey and that’s what you want from a player _ to give 100 per cent at any given time. That, for me, is the minimum requirement for a player and Alex gives that every time. I’ve always said to him that he can be too honest! But [playing in different positions] shows he is willing to sacrifice for the team, even if that affects his personal goals and performances.”

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