Nigeria coach backs Alex Iwobi to succeed at Everton

Nigeria coach backs Alex Iwobi to succeed at Everton
Amapakabo Imama, assistant coach of Nigeria with Gernot Rohr, coach of Nigeria

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Aug 20, 2019. 09:15

Alex Iwobi has the potential to become a key figure for Premier League side Everton, according to Nigeria national team assistant coach Imama Amapakabo.

The 23-year-old joined the Toffees on a five-year deal from Arsenal for a fee of an initial £28million deal – which could rise to £34m with add-ons.

Iwobi has yet to make his debut for Everton (he remained on the bench for the duration of the win over Watford at Goodison Park this past weekend) but he should see regular playing time for the Merseyside club.

And his move has been given a ringing endorsement from Amapakabo, who is Gernot Rohr’s right-hand man with the Super Eagles.

“I think he has been able to prove himself that he’s a good player, he didn’t just sell himself to Everton, they came for him knowing the reason why they came for him and the role he’s going to play for them,” he told Football Live Nigeria.

“The league just started in England, let’s give him some time we will be able to have a discussion with anyone that will doubt Iwobi’s capabilities.

“He is a young lad, and he has his football ahead of him so, let us give him all the backing that we need to give him, hopefully at the end of the season we would be able to take stock of how well he has fared with Everton.”

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