Former Super Eagles captain reveals how Iwobi’s move to Everton will help Nigeria

Former Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo has revealed that Alex Iwobi’s move to Everton on Premier League transfer deadline day would be an advantage to the Nigerian Football team.

The former Nigerian defender spent ten years at Everton and established himself as a legend of the Toffees and the Premier League.

Yobo believes that Alex Iwobi will improve and develop individually at a more rapid rate at Everton than he would have had he stayed at Arsenal. The former Fernabache defender believes the Toffees’ new signing will fit in perfectly in Marco Silva’s squad and will experience a rapid development which will benefit the Super Eagles in the nearest future.

The 23-year-old attacking midfielder joined the Merseyside team in a deal worth £40 million on transfer deadline day. Iwobi had been at Arsenal since he was six years old. The Nigerian moves on from the Emirates having made 148 appearances for his boyhood club since making his Gunners debut in 2015.
Yobo, who is now a pundit on Supersport believes that the transfer was the right move for Iwobi, and is confident that the Super Eagles international will be an asset for his new club.

“I must commend Alex Iwobi for making that bold move. Everton is a quality team and I’m happy as an Evertonian that we acquired a talent like him,” Yobo told Goal.

“I think the main reason behind this is his playing time, and I’m sure he will get that but he has to work harder than what he does in Arsenal. Apart from that, he’s got everything to succeed and I’m not surprised that huge bid was made for him, the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winning captain revealed.

“In my own opinion, it’s a good move because staying with Arsenal, who brought in [Nicolas] Pepe, will reduce his playing time. Here, he will learn more which will make him grow and more matured in the game.”
Yobo has warned that he’ll have to adapt to life at Everton, but that the attacker is up to the challenge. “Nigeria do not play like Arsenal yet he plays very well and that’s why I say the Super Eagles will benefit from this move because we’ll see a better Iwobi,” he continued.
The former Super Eagles captain explained further that Iwobi would become more disciplined under the management of Marco Silva. “Nigeria will benefit more because we will see a more tactically disciplined and physically fit Iwobi because his talent has always been there. That will make him a more complete player.”
“Although I agree that these teams play a different kind of football, I believe Everton are more structured. Arsenal are a good footballing side and play free-flowing football, but football doesn’t work that way.”

“They have not been disciplined defensively in the past few years and that’s why they haven’t really won anything,” Yobo continued.

“Everton are a growing club, just a little bit behind the top four, we can only wish him good luck and hope he gets the goals which will give him more confidence,” the former defender concluded.

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