Carlo Ancelotti was impressed with Alex Iwobi’s performance. He believes he (Alex Iwobi) can improve on his wingback position for Everton, reports Searchsport.org
Iwobi displayed one of his best performance for Everton in the right-back position against Fulham last weekend.
The Everton coach applaud Iwobi for his impact in the game and believes he can slot rightly for injured Lucas Signed when they take on Leeds United today’s evening.
“I was happy about his performance [against Fulham]. He did well. He can cover that position as a full-back,” Ancelotti told the club website.
“Iwobi is a good player but he needs to feel that confidence, as does everyone! For Alex, it’s important to feel there are people that have confidence in him.
“During a season, it can happen that you lose some important players and we have to manage this situation.
“I think we will be able to adapt to the loss of Lucas Digne. We have a good squad, good substitutes in that position [full-back].
“Nkounkou doesn’t have experience in the Premier League but showed good quality in the game he played. He is young but has a lot of quality
“We have Jonjoe Kenny on the right, we have the possibility to substitute and we will try. Three centre-backs can be an option. Alex Iwobi can play on the left as a wing-back without a problem.”
Alex Iwobi has said previously he will give his 100% to playing in any position for the Goodison Park outfit but admitted he still needs a lot to learn to play in the wing-back role.
“I played right wing-back a couple of times with Arsenal, they wanted me to bomb on and, like I was doing in the first half at Fulham, get crosses in and run down the line with the ball,” Iwobi said.
“It is not something I have done a lot of but anywhere I am told to play, I try to do my best. Ben [Godfrey] and James [Rodriguez] and Doucs [Doucoure] were talking to me and made it more comfortable.
“Sometimes, with my defensive position, I wouldn’t know where to be but with them helping and talking it was a lot easier.
“I will take the positives but there are still things I have to learn if I am going to play in this position, especially defensively.
“At least, for me, playing right wing-back, the manager has in his mind, I can play anywhere on the left and right and in the middle.
“Anywhere he wants me to play, I will be able to do that job. And wherever I am playing I will give 100 per cent for the club.”
The Nigerian midfielder will be hoping to start for Everton against Leeds United later this evening and secure a victory for his side.