Begovic praises Iwobi performance


Peter Akinbo

Everton goalkeeper Asmir Begovic was impressed with Nigerian midfielder Alex Iwobi’s performance against Manchester United in their English Premier League game on Sunday.

Iwobi took to Instagram to share his reaction after Everton suffered a 2-1 defeat against United at Goodison Park.

The Nigeria international scored the opening goal at the Park to give the Toffees an early lead with a fabulous strike from outside the box.

However, it would end in United’s favour and Everton’s unbeaten streak would come to a halt, following goals from Antony and Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored his 700th career goal.

The 26-year-old midfielder wrote on Instagram – “Learn and go again”. Asmir Begovic responded to his post, by saying – “what a player.”

It was the latest brilliant piece of work from the Nigerian, who is enjoying a fantastic spell of form at Everton.

Iwobi didn’t cover himself in glory for United’s second goal, though, giving the ball away and allowing the visitors to counter attack.

However, his shift into central midfield has certainly benefitted the Toffees, who will be looking to bounce back against Tottenham on Saturday.

Iwobi has been sensational this season, and believes that manager Frank Lampard might have even been surprised with his performances in training.

The Athletic have reported that Everton are looking to open contract talks with the Nigerian.

Iwobi’s current deal runs until 2024, and so a new contract might not be a priority but will need to be considered this season.

His performances haven’t just impressed Begovic, with the media giving him a nine out of 10 for his performances in the English topflight this term.

Everton have a number of defensive midfield options, but no one as creative as Iwobi in the middle.

His range of passing and ability to carry the ball make him a difficult player to deal with.

The protection offered by Amadou Onana and Idrissa Gueye also allows him to take more risks.