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Kevin Campbell Urges This Everton Winger To Improve: Can He Turn His Career Around?

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In a recent interview with Football Insider, former Everton striker Kevin Campbell urged Alex Iwobi to improve his performances following the player’s lacklustre start to this campaign. Campbell said, “Iwobi is a frustrating player because you know the ability he has got but it is that battle for consistency.

“A lot was expected from him when he came into Everton from Arsenal. He was seen as a player who could take them on, but they were not at that level yet. He could not do it all on his own and he has struggled.

“This is the time now where Iwobi has to pick it up. It could be a confidence thing with him.

“He is supposed to be performing better. He is a lot better than he is showing and I know his form will come back but I do not know if he will be able to get into that team with Richarlison, Rodriguez and Calvert-Lewin.

“It is going to be difficult for him. It needs to be now.”

Iwobi’s Mounting Frustrations At Goodison Park Of Late

The ex-Arsenal wide player has made a stuttering start to this campaign as he failed to find consistency with his performances out on the wide areas. Iwobi has featured in nine matches for the Merseyside outfit this term, scoring just one goal and grabbing two assists on all fronts.

The 24-year-old has mostly been used as a substitute in the Premier League this season which has affected his form in the final third. Iwobi is averaging 0.1 shots, 0.4 key passes and 0.1 dribbles per game in the Premier League which is simply not good enough from a player of his skillset (stats via whoscored).

Kevin Campbell urges Everton's Alex Iwobi to improve (Iwobi is seen in the photo)
Everton’s Nigerian midfielder Alex Iwobi controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north-west England on October 19, 2019. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

What Are The Nigerian Winger’s Best Attributes?

On his day, Iwobi can be a bright and lively presence out on the flanks as he has got the pace and dribbling prowess to cause a few problems for the opposition defenders which explains why Ancelotti has often used him off the bench this season.

Can Iwobi Turn His Fortunes Around At Merseyside?

However, the 38-time Nigerian international needs to be more consistent in terms of his goal-scoring and creativity in the final third. With the matches coming thick and fast in English football after the international break, Iwobi should still get enough chances to find some form and make a positive impact at Goodison Park in the remainder of this campaign.

At the moment, the Lagos-born wide player’s Everton career is going nowhere as he currently finds himself behind the likes of Richarlison, James Rodriguez and Bernard in Ancelotti’s pecking order. However, if Iwobi is willing to put in the work in the training ground, then he might still be able to redeem himself to the Toffees supporters by turning his career around for the better in the coming months.

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