Alex Iwobi believes playing under Marco Silva will improve him as a player, after completing a deadline-day move to Everton from Arsenal this summer.
Iwobi made his debut for Everton against Aston Villa last Friday, coming off the bench in the second half. Despite Everton losing 2-0, the winger made a positive cameo for his new team, hitting the post and completing all three of his attempted dribbles.
The Nigeria international admitted afterwards that he’s focusing on trying to get more goals and assists, and he believes Everton boss Marco Silva will help him develop into the player he wants to be.
“When I struck that ball [that hit the post], I thought it had gone in,” Iwobi said (via CompleteSports). “It’s my aim to try to get more goals and assists.
“I have been working on that in training with the manager and the players. So hopefully I’ll be able to help my team get more goals.
“The manager demands a lot and he always reminds me in training of what I need to do. He’ll keep on helping me and improving me as a player.”
Completing a move worth up to £34m, there’s sure to be a fair bit of expectation on Iwobi’s shoulders. Everton want to be up there with the big six, rather than scraping into the top half as they have for the last couple of seasons.
That’s nothing Iwobi hasn’t already had to deal with at Arsenal though, and the opportunity for a fresh start somewhere else should help.
The 23-year-old will next get the chance to show what he can do against Lincoln City in the League Cup on Wednesday, before Everton face a tough fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.