Everton got back to winning ways in the Premier League last weekend after losing three consecutive games on the bounce, producing one of their most convincing victories for a long time as they beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at Goodison Park.
Frank Lampard will be delighted with how his team has shown resilience and improvement over the season so far, with many of the new signings making a huge impact.
Conor Coady and James Tarkowski have been showered with praise for their blossoming centre-back partnership in the Everton back four as the pair continue to positively impact the team’s defensive performances, with Lampard hailing the duo as “hugely important”.
However, it is not just the new signings who have had a huge effect on changing the Toffees’ fate in the top flight, with many of the squad’s mainstays stepping up over the last few months.
One player in particular who has had a monumental transformation since the arrival of the former Chelsea boss in January is Alex Iwobi.
Signed for £35m from Arsenal in 2019, the 26-year-old midfielder hasn’t had the best time on Merseyside before Lampard took the reins at Goodison Park, but with the help of his current manager, Iwobi has become a standout performer and leader in the centre of the pitch.
This time two years ago, Liverpool Echo journalist David Prentice delivered scathing criticism when analysing the player’s performances for the Toffees, claiming on The Royal Blue podcast that the midfielder made “too many bad decisions”.
Fast forward to today and the Nigerian ace has silenced his critics through several outstanding performances, instead becoming the recipient of high praise for his contributions to the team’s improved displays.
Iwobi was dubbed “exceptional” by former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf for his performance in the Merseyside derby a few weeks ago and described as an “inspiration” by Henry Winter for his latest showing against Crystal Palace.
Across 12 league appearances this season, the midfielder has scored one goal, delivered five assists and created three big chances, along with making 1.8 key passes, 1.8 tackles and 1.2 clearances per game, and he is currently the seventh highest-rated player in the squad according to SofaScore.
There is no doubt that Lampard will be thrilled with Iwobi’s transformation over the last few months and will be hoping that the midfielder can continue his impeccable form to lead Everton to a much more comfortable finish this season.