Frank Lampard has opened up on what he’s doing with Alex Iwobi at Everton.
The Everton manager has credited the 26-year-old with having the ability to turn and play in both directions, “boundless energy”, and vision – all attributes that make him tough to play against.
Such glowing praise, from one of the greatest centre-midfielders of the Premier League era, is the latest recognition of Iwobi’s impressive start to the season.
Iwobi has started every game this season, the one constant in the centre of the pitch and already being hailed by the boss.
Lampard explained: “He did a lot for us last season but he played some games at number eight and I really liked him. I felt it suited his talent in terms of strength, quality of pass, he can go either way on players and I think sometimes on the wing that is restricted because you can’t go either way when you are on the line in midfield.
“There are so many talents that I would have not liked to have played against as a midfield player so and then it’s just the consistency. He has so many talents. I would not like to have played against him as a midfield player. He can run and run.”
Iwobi has found that consistency this season. Given the chance in central midfield, he has been a pillar of stability while the rest of the midfield has been built around him.