Ike Shorunmu, a former Nigeria and Besiktas of Turkey goalkeeper, has commended Nigeria midfielder Alex Iwobi for switching to Everton from Arsenal on the final day of the 2019/2020 Premier League transfer period, Completesports.com reports.
Iwobi who spent 15 seasons at the London side after coming through the Gunners’ ranks, shocked Nigerian football freaks with a swift move away from Arsenal on the EPL transfer deadline day, August 8, 2019.
Shorunmu who stood between the posts for the Super Eagles during his illustrious career, heaps encomiums on the 23-year-old for taking the option which, according to him, will do his career and Super Eagles a world of good.
“I’m not surprised at all. Instead, I would say it is nice decision. No player wants to sit on the bench. Every player wants to be involved game in, game out,” the former Super Eagles goalkeeper trainer said.
“And when you see yourself not playing as regularly as you would want, then you look for where you gonna enjoy regular playing time, which is what Iwobi has just done.
“I salute him for his decision. I salute him for his courage and of course, playing more regularly will help his career and equally benefit the Super Eagles.”
Completesports.com reports that since the arrival of Unai Emery as successor to Arsene Wenger as manager of Arsenal, Iwobi has been reduced to a ‘bit’ player role in the club.
The 2019 AFCON bronze medal winner with Super Eagles thus weighed his options before arriving at a decision to move with Everton his next career bus stop on the deadline day of the 2019/2020 transfer window.
Everton reportwdly parted with £35m to acquire the services of the hugely talented Nigerian midfielder.
By Sab Osuji