Nigeria’s playmaker appeared in an unknown position during Sunday’s Premier League outing in London
Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards has compared Everton midfielder Alex Iwobi to Brazilian Maicon and Colombian Juan Cuadrado after his impressive performance as a right-back against Fulham.
Iwobi was drafted into a new role at Craven Cottage on Sunday and produced a solid change as a winger for 90 minutes as Carlo Ancelotti’s team achieved a 3-2 win.
In the match, the former Arsenal star completed the most dribbles for Everton (6) with two tackles completed and two interceptions made.
Richards was particularly pleased with Iwobi’s performance in the right-back position and compared him to Maicon and Cuadrado with whom he played at Manchester City and Fiorentina respectively.
“They played Fulham so you know you’ll have more time and space,” Richards said, quoted by Echo of Liverpool.
“I think it’s perfect for Iwobi. You can pick up the ball a little deeper and dribble into spaces without having to worry about where you are going to be.
“I played with (Juan) Cuadrado at Fiorentina, who was a right-back with a vocation for attack and it really worked. I played Maicon in Man City as well, who had great equity in the area. Iwobi had that today.
“If they were playing Arsenal or Manchester City it could have been defensive, but it worked out well for them today.”
Everton’s underdog winger Yannick Bolasie was also impressed by the performance of the Nigeria international.
“I got the result … DCL is that guy, he’s back, Digne levels … but Iwobi needs that applause today it was a different first half class,” Bolasie tweeted.
I got the result … DCL is that guy, ? he’s back, Digne levels … but Iwobi needs that applause today was the first half of differential class???— Yannick Bolasie (@YannickBolasie) November 22, 2020
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