Joseph Yobo says his old club Everton is the perfect place for Nigerian compatriot Alex Iwobi to deliver on his potential.
The 39-year-old Yobo, who retired from football in 2014, made more than 250 appearances in all competitions during a nine-year spell at Goodison Park, and he thinks Iwobi can follow in his footsteps as he looks to carve out a successful career of his own.
“The manager [Marco Silva] is building an amazing team and he believes so much in Alex to add him to his squad.
“Already he has started well by scoring two headed goals and it’s just the beginning of bigger things to come.”
Iwobi’s goal against Wolves followed another header against Lincoln City in a 4-2 Carabao Cup win – meaning he has already scored more headers for Everton than in his entire four-year spell in the Arsenal first team.
Iwobi is currently away on international duty, with Nigeria set to face Ukraine in a friendly match in Dnipro on Tuesday night. When he returns, he will be hoping to kick on from his promising early form as the Toffees face Premier League clashes away at Bournemouth and at home to Sheffield United.
As far as Yobo is concerned, Iwobi is in the ideal environment to build on the good start he has made.
“He’s coming into a team full of good players, a traditional family club that is ready to back him on and off the pitch,” he said.
“Mentally it must be tough to leave a club like Arsenal where it all started for him, but this is a strong statement of intent to challenge himself.
“I had a good time at Everton and I’m very pleased that he’s followed in the footsteps of myself, Yakubu [Ayegbeni] and Victor Anichebe.
“With the way he plays and his creativity, Alex has a big chance to blossom, succeed and grow into a great player with Everton.”