Nigerian Players abroad Iwobi Attributes Recent Form To Benitez Influence

Super Eagles and Everton midfielder Alex Iwobi has attributed his recent form to his club manager Rafa Benitez.

Iwobi has been instrumental with Everton this season under Benitez scoring one goal and one assist in Everton’s last three Premier League games before the international break.

The midfielder who returned to his club after the 2-0 win against Liberia in Nigeria opening Group C game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup spoke with the club media.

He said, “The manager is always talking to me and trying to help me,” the 25-year-old told evertontv.

“It’s helped me a lot so far this season.

“It’s not just me, of course, but the whole team [he speaks to]. 

“My confidence is playing a big part, too. I’m pushing a bit more up the field and getting involved in attacks. 

“I just need to add more goals and assists, like the manager wants. 

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“With the manager, he doesn’t give us any rest, he’s onto us 24/7. This is what we need.

“You can see everyone’s playing with a lot of confidence.

That big motivation is there [to continue achieving positive results]. 

“We’ve started off very well, but we have to keep going until the end. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

Iwobi provided the two assist for Kelechi Iheanacho and was voted as the Most Valuable Player of the game at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.

Iwobi, who joined Everton from Arsenal in summer 2019, says his form has further benefitted from the intense battle between Everton’s forwards for a place in Benitez’s starting XI.

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