Alex Iwobi will improve at a more rapid rate at Everton than he would have, had he stayed at Arsenal, says Toffees legend Joseph Yobo.
Since making his Arsenal senior team bow in 2015, Iwobi made 148 appearances, scoring 15 goals winning one FA Cup and two FA Community Shields in the process.
However, the arrival of Nicolas Pepe meant the 23-year-old left his boyhood club for a five-year contract with Marco Silva’s men in a deal worth £40 million.
Some have questioned Iwobi’s move to Goodison Park, but Yobo believes it was the right move for his compatriot at the right time.
“I must commend Alex Iwobi for making that bold move. Everton is a quality team and I’m happy as an Evertonian that we acquired a talent like him,” Yobo told Goal.
“I think the main reason behind this is his playing time and I’m sure he will get that but he has to work harder than what he does in Arsenal.
“Apart from that, he’s got everything to succeed and I’m not surprised that huge bid was made for him.
“In my own opinion, it’s a good move because staying with Arsenal who brought in [Nicolas] Pepe will reduce his playing time. Here, he will learn more which will make him grow and more matured in the game.”
Growing up in Newham, Iwobi joined Arsenal academy, came through their ranks, and adapted to their style of play. To Yobo, the youngster’s ability to adjust to a new pattern will make him a complete player.
“If you want to put that into context, Nigeria do not play like Arsenal yet he plays very well and that’s why I say the Super Eagles will benefit from this move because we’ll see a better Iwobi,” he continued.
“Nigeria will benefit more because we will see a more tactically disciplined and physically fit Iwobi because his talent has always been there. And that will make him a more complete player.
“Although I agree that these teams play a different kind of football, I believe Everton is more structured. Arsenal is a good footballing side and play free-flowing football but football doesn’t work that way.
“They have not been disciplined defensively in the past few years and that’s why they haven’t really won anything.
“Everton are a growing club, just a little bit behind the top four. We can only wish him good luck and hope he gets the goals which will give him more confidence.”
Having missed Saturday’s opener against Crystal Palace, the Super Eagles player is expected to make his debut when Silva’s side hosts Watford.