Theo Walcott has hailed the qualities of Everton teammate Alex Iwobi and revealed that he’s “really impressive” in training behind closed doors.
The duo were previously teammates together at Arsenal and were reunited at Goodison Park when the Toffees signed Iwobi in the summer.
Iwobi, 23, is still trying to make a big impact on Merseyside and has just two goals in 21 first-team games across all competitions.
The left-winger made the move to Everton to try earn regular football and he’s currently in competition with Bernard for a starting position.
Meanwhile, 30-year-old Walcott is a right-winger on the opposite flank and he scored the winner against Watford last weekend.
“He’ (Iwobi) is the sort of kid that would settle in anywhere. He’s taken to it really well, and what he is doing on the training field is really impressive,” Walcott told Goal.
“He’s just a hard worker, through and through. At times at Arsenal he was in and out, and he was tried in different positions. Here, I feel he can express himself a lot more and use his attributes, his skills and his energy.”
Iwobi is certainly yet to show his best in an Everton shirt and has only recently returned from a hamstring problem, but has so much potential to fulfil.
Toffees manager Carlo Ancelotti has already started to get the best out of several individuals in the squad and Iwobi will hope that he’s the next to follow suit.
The Nigeria international is a skilful attacker with plenty of pace and power, but Walcott has suggested that he can be effective in a central role and perhaps that is something that will be seen more long-term.