Inspiring Playing with John obi Mikel and Odion Ighalo made me learn more reveals Alex Iwobi

Super Eagles and Everton forward Alex Iwobi has revealed how he learnt from the duo of John Obi Mikel and Odion Ighalo.

The Everton forward has disclosed that he admired and studied the pair of Mikel obi and Manchester striker Odion Ighalo before they retired from international duties.

Iwobi, 24, started a youth International career with England. However, he went on to play on for the Nigeria National team.

He made his senior debut for the Super Eagles on 8 October 2015, replacing
Ahmed Musa in the 57th minute of a 2–0 friendly defeat to DR Congo in Visé.

“I have learnt a lot from Mikel because we play similar positions. Whenever I’m called I play behind the striker, that’s where he likes to play,” Iwobi said in an Instagram Live chat with the Super Eagles Media

“In training, whilst watching him on the pitch, whilst I’m on the bench watching him, I’ve always learned, the way he’s physically capable to keep the ball in tight situations because playing in African culture there’s a lot more physicality, there are a lot more strong duels, the way he’s able to use his body is something I have picked up and try to add to my game.”

The former Arsenal forward lauded the qualities of the Manchester United striker and he hopes he and other Super Eagles youngster can make these attributes a part of their games.

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“With Ighalo, the composure he has when he’s in the box when he has the opportunity to score I’m trying to add to my game.

“It’s almost like when he’s clean through on goal, ninety per cent of the time the ball is in the back of the net and not with a lot of power but with finesse and style to it.

“Hopefully, that’s something that not just me but the youngsters like Victor, it is something that we have to put a lot of respect for.

“Both of them talk to you, they try to help everyone, it was a blessing to play with both of them,” added Iwobi.

The super Eagles forward joined Everton in August 2019 for £30.40m from Arsenal where he started his youth career in 2004.

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