After Iwobi, who are the other Nigerians to play for Everton?

After Iwobi, who are the other Nigerians to play for Everton?
Alex Iwobi of Nigeria

by Nick Said

Saturday Aug 10, 2019. 11:00

Alex Iwobi will become the fifth Nigerian to play for English Premier League Everton, with all four of his compatriots finding form at Goodison Park during their time with the club.


It means there are big shoes to fill for the 23-year-old, who arrived from boyhood club Arsenal in a £28-million transfer just minutes before the transfer deadline closed.


AfricanFootball.com looks at the four other Nigerian players to have starred for The Toffees.


DANIEL AMOKACHI

Years: 1994–96

Position: Striker

Appearances/goals: 54/14


Signed on the back of the 1994 World Cup in the USA, Amokachi’s highlight of his two season stay on Merseyside was two goals in the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur as Everton won 4-1.


They went on to beat Manchester United in the final, the last time the team won silverware.


He did take a while to settle in the team, but was much improved in his second season, though he was never quite able to nail down a first-team place. He is still considered a good signing by the club.


He was sold to Turkish side Besiktas for £1.75-million.


JOSEPH YOBO

Years: 2002–12

Position: Defender

Appearances/goals: 259/10


Yobo was a key part of the David Motes era at Everton, and a regular in the side until his influence petered out for the 2010/11 campaign, and he moved on loan to Fenerbahçe in Turkey for two seasons before making the switch permanent.


He was the first signing made by Moyes, initially on loan from Marseille, beating the likes of Juventus and Arsenal to his signature.


Yobo was initially prone to errors and grew a reputation for such, but with a couple of seasons became one of the top defenders in the Premier League and a rock at the back for the Toffees.


He helped them qualify for the UEFA Champions League and a number of Europa League campaigns, as well as the FA Cup final in 2009 where they lost to Chelsea.


VICTOR ANICHEBE

Years: 2006–13

Position: Striker

Appearances/goals: 168/26


Born in Lagos but raised in England, Anichebe came through the youth ranks at Everton and was only 17 when he made his first team debut for Everton.


His size meant he was able to handle the physical demands of the premier League, and while not prolific during his time, pitched in with useful goals and would create opportunities for others.


His career was also put on hold for almost a year after a tackle from Newcastle United midfielder Kevin Nolan put him on the sidelines.


He moved to West Bromwhich Albion in 2013, and later played for Sunderland and in China with Beijing Enterprises.


YAKUBU

Years: 2007–11

Position: Striker

Appearances/goals: 102/30


‘The Yak’ was Everton’s record signing when he arrived from Portsmouth in June 2007 for £11-million and was an instant hit, scoring 21 goals in his first season as he provided bite to the Toffees forward line.


Often accused of being “lazy” by fans, he sprung into life in the box and was one of the better finishers going in the Premier League at the time.


But he failed to kick-on from there, and the arrival of the likes of Louis Saha pushed him down the pecking order. He would have a successful loan spell with Leicester City in the Championship during his stay.


He moved on to Blackburn Rovers for the 2011/12 season and rediscovered his scoring touch.






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