New Everton signing and Nigeria international Alex Iwobi has expressed his desire to make a name for himself after leaving boyhood club Arsenal.
Iwobi made this known in an interview with evertonfc.com, where he spoke on a wide range of topics.
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“I came through at Arsenal and was probably always viewed as a youngster for that reason.” he said.
“It is time for me to make a name for myself, to try to become a big player.
“I will have an opportunity at Everton to express myself, the manager and players have given me the freedom to do that.
“It is a new challenge and I am ready for it.”
Iwobi joined Everton on transfer deadline day last month in a deal reported to be about £35m, after 17 years at Arsenal. He spoke on how proud he is to be an Evertonian.
“From the moment I came here, I was welcomed really nicely and I feel like an Evertonian,” said Iwobi.
“I am proud to be here and I want to show my teammates and the fans that I will give 100 per cent for them.
The 23-year-old scoring ability has always been a subject of contention with Iwobi scoring 15 times in 149 appearances for Arsenal. Iwobi spoke on his desire to improve his scoring and assist statistics and his happiness at opening his account already with Everton.
“It was good to open my account. The position I play – the main thing you get noticed for is goals and assists.
“It is not the first time I’ve heard it [the manager’s demand for him to score more]. I even set myself targets each game to at least create a chance or try to have shots on goal.
“I want to better myself and it [scoring and assisting] is something I want to work at.
Alex Iwobi is currently the most expensive Nigerian player after his transfer to Everton. He has scored twice already for The Toffees and will look to add to his tally as the travel to Bournemouth on Sunday.