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Everton: Iwobi could finally be revitalised under Lampard

Everton manager Frank Lampard has made it quite clear that he will offer ‘fresh slates’ to some of his players who have endured a torrid run-of-form over recent months – including new signing Dele Alli.

The former Tottenham man is yet to register a goal or assist since moving to Everton, but the faith shown in him by his new boss is a significant sign that everyone will be getting their chance to impress.

Alex Iwobi is one player who is showing signs of revival already since Lampard’s appointment, having started the last three games despite not playing a minute of club football since mid-December before.

After impressing at home to Leeds just over two weeks ago, the £34m Nigeria international, who has regularly been branded as one of Everton’s ‘worst purchases’ in recent years, was trusted to start against Southampton and then at home to Manchester City on Saturday.

Should Alex Iwobi given another chance?

Yes, he deserves it!

Yes, he deserves it!

No, time to move on...

No, time to move on...

Despite being on the losing team, the overall Everton performance was encouraging – as was Iwobi’s, who completed 76% of his passes against Pep Guardiola’s high-pressing side, as well as creating one big chance.

The 25-year-old also caught the eye when he breezed past one of the best defenders in the world, Joao Cancelo, with strength and pace before winning his team a corner.

His work rate and defensive efforts were also impressive, as he completed more tackles than teammates Jonjoe Kenny, Michael Keane and Mason Holgate combined, as well as making one key interception and clearance to help keep Everton in with a chance.

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For a player who has come under intense criticism from his own fans, being regularly called ‘awful’ and a ‘mistake’ of a transfer from critics, it is commendable to see him apply himself in the best possible way and attempt to turn his career in Merseyside around under his new boss.

He has gone from an “embarrassing” player in the words of the Liverpool Echo’s David Prentice, to someone now beginning to show more promising signs.

While it is clear that we still have not seen anywhere near the best of Iwobi in a Toffees shirt, it’s certain that his attitude looks to be changing, and fans should get behind him over the next few weeks if he continues to work as hard as he has been since the turn of the year.

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