The father of Alex Iwobi, Chuka Iwobi, has given more insight on the rationale behind the deadline day signing of his son for Everton after over a decade as a player of Arsenal.
Chuka Iwobi spoke exclusively to All Nigeria Soccer about the transfer dealing that shook so many Arsenal and Nigeria fans and indeed confirmed that the skilful forward who is adept playing as a “No. 10” wanted to play primarily as a midfielder.
“Alex is now officially an Everton player – A new challenge for him but a very bold decision with the potential to grow into a bigger and better player playing in his preferred No 10 role,” Mr Iwobi said.
Iwobi senior, who himself was a former footballer of Vasco Da Gama FC of Enugu, reemphasised that his son was not afraid of competition from other incoming players at Arsenal.
There has been chain reactions from fans in Nigeria and abroad who have expressed the belief that the Nigerian chickened out due to the great piece of transfer business by the Gunners who signed such stars as Nicolas Pepe and Dani Ceballos (on loan).
“Nobody should shy away from competition and Alex is moving to a club who have been following his progress from when he was young,” the Onitsha born medical doctor affectionately called ‘Mehala' whilst as a player in his youthful days told allnigeriasoccer.com.
“Many thanks to Nigerians for their support. We as a family thought seriously about it and felt that this is an opportunity for him to grow,” Iwobi further stated.
The new Everton winger was ineligible to make his debut for the Toffees in their Premier League opener against Crystal Palace because the paperwork was submitted after the 17:00 hours deadline on Thursday.
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