The Super Eagles midfielder started the 2021-22 season properly, with a goal and an assist in four games for the Toffees
Alex Iwobi acknowledges Everton manager Rafael Benitez for his improved form at the start of the season.
The former Arsenal youngster revealed how the Spanish coach’s training session affected his game as well as the team’s overall performance.
Benitez replaced Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison Park in June, and as a result, the Nigerian has played in every game of Everton this season, and he already has a goal with his name on it.
“The driver always talks to me and tries to help me,” Iwobi said. Everton TV. ‘It has helped me a lot so far this season.
‘Of course it’s not just me, but the whole team [he speaks to]. My confidence also plays a big role. I push a little more on the field and get involved in attacks.
‘I just need to add more goals and assistance, as the manager wants. At the driver’s he gives us no rest, he is on us 24/7. This is what we need.
‘You can see that everyone is playing with a lot of confidence. The big motivation is there [to continue achieving positive results].
“We started very well, but we have to keep going until the end. This is a marathon, not a sprint. “
Iwobi started two games in the early XI and he came in as a substitute in the other two outings.
The 25-year-old has allowed the competition for places in Benitez’s squad, but has announced he is working on his contributions in the final third.
‘This is healthy competition and we [the forwards] always says to each other: ‘We must try to improve our statistics and get involved with goals’,’ he continued.
‘For me, it’s about working on my game in the last third, whether it’s an intersection or a finish. All the attackers are the same … we always work on it and do extras with it.
‘Whether it’s on the field or during training, we demand a lot from each other.
‘It’s not just Seamus [Coleman], the captain, all demand of all. In our games this season, I think you can see the team spirit from minute one to the end. ”
After missing out on Cape Town’s 2022 qualifier against Cape Verde in Nigeria’s qualifier on Tuesday, Iwobi – who provided two assists in Friday’s 2-0 win over Liberia – is back in Merseyside and can play when the Toffees, who sixth place, hosts Burnley for Monday’s Premier League match.