Is Nigerian Playmaker Running Out of Time to Impress Former Real Madrid Boss?

Alex iwobi, the Hale End academy product, broke into the gunners first team at the age of 19 when he made his debut in a League Cup encounter against Sheffield Wednesday which ended 3-0 in their defeat.

Eyebrows were raised when former manager Arsene Wenger named a relatively unknown and inexperienced Iwobi in his starting lineup against Barcelona in a must-win Champions League encounter in 2016.

Despite the overmwhelming pressure attached to coming up against the best players in the world, the Nigerian star stood his ground as he was Arsenal’s best player on the pitch.

Though the North London club were defeated 3-1, Iwobi would be happy with his overall display at Camp Nou.

The performance didn’t just introduce him to the world, but equally won him a spot in Wenger’s starting lineup.

He continued his impressive display in subsequent matches until he became one of fans’ favorites at the Emirates Stadium.

Unfortunately, the Nigerian international wasn’t consistent enough to maintain his place in the team as he was dropped to the substitute bench on too many occasions during Unai Emery’s reign as the team manager.

Nonetheless, He made 149 appearances for the Gunners scoring 15 goals before he was surprisingly released prior to the start of this season.

Premier League outfit Everton shocked everyone when they reached a £34m agreement with the Gunners for the former England U18 star in January.

His first month at the Goodison Park was a replicate of his early days in the Gunners first team thanks to his blistering and eye-catching performances.

He almost score on his debut only to see his shot deflected off the post.

Many Toffees faithful couldn’t help but fell in love with their January acquisition and they hoped he goes on to become one of the best players by the end of the season.

Unfortunately, iwobi’s greatest undoing resurfaced yet again as he failed to maintain his fine form for a very long period of time.

After failing to impress in many matches coupled with the team’s uninspiring results, former manager Marco Silva dropped the player from his starting XI as the manager was eager to bring his team back to winning ways.

Marco Silva failed to achieve his mission as he was sacked by the club’s hierarchy after winning just five from 18 Premier League matches.

Iwobi was provided another opportunity to get things right when the Toffees hired former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti as manager in December.

Ancelotti was quick to reinstall the player back to the starting lineup after he recovered from his hamstring injury but he didn’t really justify the manager’s faith and he was eventually dropped to the bench yet again.

Has Iwobi ran out of time to prove his worth to the club’s fans and executives? Definitely not.

However, he surely needs to up his game as soon as possible if he must reach his full potentials for the Merseyside club and for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

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