Former Everton defender Joseph Yobo has backed Alex Iwobi to make an impact at Everton once he has fully settled in at Goodison Park.
Yobo spent nearly a decade on Merseyside and the 101-cap Nigerian international is now assistant coach of the Super Eagles.
So he has a vested interest in his countryman finding his best form. So far, Iwobi has not managed to find that consistently following his reported (Independent) £35 million move to Everton from Arsenal.
But speaking to Goal.com, Yobo has made it clear that Everton will see the best of Iwobi once the winger is feeling fully comfortable in his new surroundings.
“Moving to Everton was a good move for him because he wanted more game time. Unfortunately, it takes a longer time to settle down in a new environment because only a few players move to another club and settle immediately,
“In between him adapting, he had a number of good performances for Everton. He was getting familiar with how Everton play and was becoming one of the key figures in the team before his injury.
“I think we should be patient with him because we can’t doubt his talent. He has unbelievable talent and work rate. I know he is going to achieve more with Everton.”
Everton fans were perhaps starting to lose their patience with Iwobi in the weeks leading up to the football suspension. Iwobi’s record of one goal and no assists in the Premier League this season is hardly the record of a £35 million recruit.
It also seems Carlo Ancelotti will need some more convincing. Before the league was suspended, Iwobi had spent two games on the bench and has played just twice since recovering from a hamstring problem.
But as Yobo stated, patience could be the key with Iwobi because the Nigerian clearly has immense talent.
Hopefully, next season, Everton can see the best of the 23-year-old and on a consistent basis.