Nigerian Football legend, Austin Jay Jay Okocha has showered praise on his nephew in alignment with his recent blistering performances.
Okocha was present at last weekend match between Everton and Manchester United and has lauded praises on Iwobi in a pre match interview with Everton Live.
Iwobi scored the first goal of the match which was also his first goal of the season despite already providing multiple assists in previous games. However, Everton surrendered their one goal lead to lose 2-1 to EtH’s men.
Speaking to Everton Live, Okocha said: “It’s great to see him playing to his potential, We all knew that he’s got something special, but it’s taken him a little while to settle down and I also think playing under a great manager, who really wants to improve his game and has been playing him in his right position has made a big difference.
“Alex is down to earth. You can’t expect a player to give any more than he does. Whether it’s going well for him or not, you can guarantee he’ll put sweat on his jersey and that’s what you want from a player _ to give 100 per cent at any given time. That, for me, is the minimum requirement for a player and Alex gives that every time.
“I’ve always said to him that he can be too honest! But [playing in different positions] shows he is willing to sacrifice for the team, even if that affects his personal goals and performances.
When asked about his nephew’s impact in the National team and his future, Okocha said:
“Definitely [he has a big future for Nigeria], he has taken on the baton and he’s running with it! Unfortunately, we’re not going to be at the World Cup but Alex has made a great impact and he’s improved the team.
“We love him playing for the Super Eagles. The future looks bright because of players like him now, bringing back their experiences from Europe home to Nigeria. That is what we want.
“We have to thank Everton for Alex’s development. I think all his improvement and all his good work here, we are benefiting from as Nigerians. I would say thank you to Everton.”