Iwobi Thanks Anceloti For His Return To Everton Squad
Super Eagles attacker, Alex Iwobi has expressed delight that being recalled to Everton’s starting lineup against Watford came as a massive surprise but was nonetheless grateful to the manager., Bestchoicesports.com.ng understand
Iwobi returned to action after being on the sidelines following a hamstring injury in December when the Toffees played against his former club Arsenal.
The 23-year-old revealed that he was “itching to show what I could do”, during the time he was not playing when Carlo Ancelotti took over the reins at Goodison Park.
Iwobi was in action for 65 minutes as Everton came down from 2-0 to level matters with Watford – he joined in the celebrations on the touchline following Theo Walcott’s 90th-minute strike that won it for the Toffees.
“There is no better feeling than coming back and winning and it was the perfect day for me,” Iwobi told Everton TV.
“I did not expect to come straight back in, the manager had us guessing with the set pieces we did on Friday, so we did not know [who was playing].
“But we were all ready to start. Whenever it was my time, I knew I would be ready.
“At times my reactions were a bit slow but that will come the more I am playing.
“I felt okay, not leggy at all.
“I always pushed on [during his recovery]. Even when I was told to relax – I tried to show I was able to get back fit.
“I was eager to be back, especially with a new manager. I was itching to show him what I could do.”
“We just have to keep going to the end of the season,” said Iwobi, with Everton next in action when Crystal Palace visit Goodison on Saturday.
“Wins like this will give us the confidence that we can push on towards the top of the table.
“Let’s go as high as we can.”
He added: “It wasn’t the greatest idea for me [to sprint towards the celebrating throng following Everton’s winner] because I ran – I wasn’t trying to tear my hamstring but I was close to doing it because of that celebration!
“It was an amazing feeling, everyone was running – that feeling is hard to describe. It is one of a kind.”