Super Eagles winger, Alex Iwobi, has vowed to maintain the intensity and enthusiasm he displayed in the thick of Everton’s relegation battle in the 2021/2022 campaign when the next season gets underway.
The former Arsenal man played a vital role in the Toffees’ successful fight to retain their Premier League status.
Iwobi was deployed in a variety of roles as he played, including as a midfielder, defender and forward.
He was the only player amongst the Toffees to start the last 12 games of the season as coach Frank Lampard looked to retain a Premier League spot.
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Iwobi hopes to bring that same energy and focus into the new season.
“Evertonians appreciate hardwork and the physical side. If I have that energy, hopefully it influences my teammates,” Iwobi told Evertonfc.com.
“It is important that I understand that the culture of the city, the passion for football and Everton.
“I love playing and like to express myself through football,so when I get the opportunity I just try my best.
“The manager spoke to me after the Leicester home game (a 1-1 draw on 20 April) about having a bit more tactical awareness.
“He said, ‘it is 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 says maintain the work ethic because it really helps the crowd to engage with the team.
“The manager knows I have the ability to press quickly and quickly get back into shape.”
Iwobi scored three goals and recorded three assists in 32 games in all competitions for Everton last season.
Everton finished 16th in the 2021/22 Premier League last season with 39 points from 38 games.
By Toju Sote
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