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Since he has been in outstanding form for the Toffees, all eyes will be on Alex Iwobi, an Everton midfielder, when the Super Eagles take on the Foxes at the Oran Olympic Stadium on September 27.

The Toffees' 2022–23 English Premier League season has gotten off to a sluggish start, but the Nigerian midfielder has put on impressive displays for the team.

In a Sunday Premier League match, the Merseyside club defeated West Ham United 1-0 thanks to the 26-year-yet old's another outstanding performance.

Frank Lampard gave Iwobi his seventh consecutive start, and after a string of missed opportunities, it was his ball that allowed Neal Maupay to beat Lukasz Fabianski and give his team their first victory of the year.

Iwobi said to SkySports after the game, as he accepted the Player of the Match award, "We have been playing really well."

"The performances were good; the only thing left was to attain the desired outcome. Gaining a victory before the international break is positive.

"I didn't have a good beginning. I'm always trying to disprove others' assumptions. My management lets me speak my mind.

As the player noted, entering the break with a victory was unquestionably necessary. Now, Super Eagles head coach Jose Peseiro will be hoping to find the same vigor and commitment Iwobi has shown all season at Goodison Park in Oran.

Iwobi would need the flexibility to go around like he does at Everton, which would be offered by his midfield partners, for him to genuinely shine for the Eagles.

He stands out as the team's most inventive player when he has the ball in his possession. Even though Sunday's game versus West Ham United wasn't the most thrilling matchup the Premier League has ever witnessed, let's use it as an example.

Iwobi had a lot more freedom to move around the field and into risky areas near the final third thanks to his midfield partnership with Amadou Onana and Idrissa Gueye. In that game at Goodison Park, he made 11 forward passes, surpassing West Ham's team average of 2.35 for a full 90 minutes.

Iwobi, who has the most assists at the club with three, has played every minute of Everton's seven Premier League games so far this season.

And of course, to drive the point home even more, he also provided assists on three of Everton's most recent four goals in all competitions. He not only exudes confidence when playing, but also when celebrating and speaking in interviews.

Iwobi is a man who exudes confidence now, and it has been repeatedly demonstrated that for the Nigerian international, confidence has always been half the battle. It remains to be seen what an assured Iwobi can accomplish for the Eagles against a Riyah Mahrez-led team that eliminated them in the 2019 African Cup of Nations semifinals.



Source: Punchng

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