Alex Iwobi has opened up on what Marco Silva demanded from him as Everton’s No. 10 in the win over West ham at the weekend.
The summer signing from Arsenal has been playing from the left-hand side for the majority of his time with the Blues so far, but was asked to take up a different position on Saturday.
The 23-year-old excelled in that attacking midfield role and proved crucial as Everton secured a 2-0 victory over the Hammers, thanks to goals from Bernard and Gylfi Sigurdsson, who came on as a substitute for Iwobi in the dying minutes of the match.
And the forward has now revealed what Silva was demanding from him after replacing the Icelandic international in the starting lineup.
“The manager told me try to get the team going forward as quickly as possible but also keep the ball and create chances and I felt I would be able to do that,” Iwobi told evertontv.
“That position is where I have grown up playing and where I feel most comfortable.
“I will play wherever I am told to but I really enjoyed it today.”
Everton ended a run of four straight league defeats and climbed out of the relegation zone with victory over the weekend.
And Iwobi has revealed that the manager had a clear message for the whole squad during the international break, and that it clearly paid off.
“It was a great team performance and we are all buzzing,” Iwobi added.
“We needed a turning point and I think today is the day.
“The manager told us after the international break that we had to be confident, to not feel any sort of pressure.
“He said, ‘Just play and express yourselves and be free’.
“We took that into training… and you can see from the players today, we were able to that in the match.”