Everton talisman Alex Iwobi has disclosed to BBC Sports Africa that he no longer listens to criticism made of him. The Nigerian midfielder believes that ignoring criticism has helped him grow under coach Frank Lampard at Everton.
Alex Iwobi has gained the trust of Frank Lampard as he’s one of the pivotal midfield options in the club. Since joining Toffees from boyhood club Arsenal, Iwobi resplendent form under Carlos Ancelotti who later returned to Real Madrid and Frank Lampard.
“Before, I used to take a look and listen out for what people say about me,” Iwobi told BBC Sport Africa.
“But I’m at this age where the only criticism I react upon is from myself. I’m the one that judges my performances at the end of the day.
“I do get external factors [like the manager] telling me what I can improve on and what I can do to get better.
“But I just focus on my own opinion because it’s my own opinion that matters to me.”
“Now I’m playing more in midfield, my engine has been required to run up and down the pitch,” he added.
“I link the play from defence to attack, so whenever I’m called upon to play, my qualities and attributes have been used to an advantage.”
Alex Iwobi, 26 was heavily criticized after the Nigerian was red carded during the Nigerian game against Tunisia in the round of 16 of the AFCON. According to several reports, he deleted his social media sites so as not to receive more death threats.
He missed three games, including the World Cup qualifiers game against Ghana in August for the Super Eagles.