Opinion: How Austin Okocha Can Help Revive Alex Iwobi Career At Everton
They say ” if you can’t beat them, join them”, but at the moment there seems to be no way he could beat them. That at least was the conclusion drawn by football pundits in the UK after the final whistle went in Everton’s 1-0 home loss to West Ham last weekend.
West Ham defeated Everton to further expose the technical deficiency of their host with Alex Iwobi and Solomon Rondon singled out for plaudits. Nobody would question Iwobi’s commitment to both club and country given his hard work, but his performance has come under scrutiny on several occasions since joining The Toffees.
The former Arsenal star endured a torrid spell under former boss Carlo Ancelotti and was declared surplus to requirement by some angry fans for his display.
He was tipped to bounce back from rock bottom and live up to his price tag under new manager, Rafael Benitez, but the Super Eagles midfielder is yet to find the net in seven appearances this season to extend his goal drought to nine months. Iwobi last found the net in Everton’s 2-1 victory over Wolves on January 12, at the Molineux.
It is not that Iwobi is a bad player-he is not but his failure to stamp his authority in the game and make an appreciable impact since joining Everton on deadline day in the summer of 2019 for €30.4m that has been a major cause for worry for the Evertonians despite being deployed as right-wing last season.
Austin Okocha To The Rescue
While opinion is divided back home on Iwobi’s quality, many wondered why it has become extremely difficult for the midfielder to showcase the same talents that made him one of coach Arsene Wenger’s untouchables at the Emirates.
While Iwobi is known to get himself into a good position, the 25-years old must work on his passes, tackles, and final ball delivery if he must get back to shape and win his critics over. Against West Ham, he gave the ball away six times on 11 occasions, and that is not good enough from a midfielder.
Perhaps it’s time his uncle, Austin Jay Jay Okocha needs to visit Iwobi to help rebuild his confidence, and more importantly, give some useful tips on what made him one of the best midfielders in the world.
Jayjay was known for his football skills, and he was alarmingly good with his passes and final output for both club and country. That might just be what Alex needs to return to his good old self.