Danny Mills has claimed Alex Iwobi is playing his best football in an Everton shirt in his new wing-back role.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former England defender believes the Nigerian’s athleticism allows him to get up and down one half of the pitch.
Iwobi is a winger by trade but started on the right of a back five against Fulham last weekend and switched to the left against Leeds United with Lucas Digne ruled out with injury.
The 24-year-old dealt with the attacking threat of Raphinha and Jack Harrison competently before being substituted after 67 minutes with the score 0-0.
Digne is set to undergo surgery on his ankle and will miss up to three months of actions.
Mills has called on Iwobi to stake a claim for a position in Carlo Ancelotti’s starting XI in the Frenchman’s absence.
He told Football Insider: “I thought Iwobi did very, very well.
“Before the Fulham game we haven’t seen the best of him in an Everton shirt.
“He was given a chance and he’s kept himself very, very fit and he’s worked very, very hard in training which is absolutely vital.
“Maybe that wing-back position suits him, it was almost a little higher and a 3-4-3. He was able to receive the ball higher up the pitch and in space. He was able to use his athleticism up and down the left-hand side. It worked out.
“He’s got to prove that he can do that week in, week out.
“His athleticism was key, Ancelotti knows how hard Leeds work and what they’re all about. He knew he was going to have to compete on a physical level in terms of work rate.”