Alex Iwobi is eager to master the right wing-back position in which he starred during Everton’s win over Fulham on Sunday – and the 24-year-old is vowing to give everything for the Club, regardless of where he plays.
Forward Iwobi was handed his second Premier League start of the season in a role he had previously occupied only when former team Arsenal were searching for a plan B.
He operated almost exclusively on the front foot in the opening half at Craven Cottage and it was Iwobi's marauding run which paved the way for Dominic Calvert-Lewin to score his second goal and re-establish Everton's lead after Bobby Decordova-Reid replied for Fulham.
Abdoulaye Doucoure scored a third for dominant Everton but the complexion of the game altered after the restart, with Fulham rejuvenated and forcing Iwobi into a defensive assignment he navigated with the assistance of his teammates.
Iwobi was excellent on the ball by any measure. He supplied five crosses – all on the money – and had his team’s best pass completion rate (87.5 per cent).
He also struck more accurate long balls (five) than any outfield colleague.
“I am a forward-thinking player, I like to get on the ball and express myself,” Iwobi told evertontv.
“We were able to do that quite freely in the first half and had a lot of joy.
“We were very good going forward and created a lot of threats and chances.
“I played right wing-back a couple of times with Arsenal, they wanted me to bomb on and, like I was doing in the first half at Fulham, get crosses in and run down the line with the ball.
“It is not something I have done a lot but anywhere I am told to play, I try to do my best.
“Ben [Godfrey] and James [Rodriguez] and Doucs [Doucoure] were talking to me and made it more comfortable.
“Sometimes, with my defensive position, I wouldn’t know where to be but with them helping and talking it was a lot easier.
“I will take the positives but there are still things I have to learn if I am going to play in this position, especially defensively.
“At least, for me, playing right wing-back, the manager has in his mind, I can play anywhere on the left and right and in the middle.
“Anywhere he wants me to play, I will be able to do that job.
“And wherever I am playing I will give 100 per cent for the Club.”
Everton climbed one position to sixth in the Premier League standings by beating Fulham – a third consecutive success in the capital following away wins over Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace.
Progress was checked in the intervening period – Everton losing three games directly before this month’s international break – and Iwobi backed Doucoure’s assertion that gaining a positive result was all that mattered at Craven Cottage.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side ultimately had to do it the hard way after leading 3-1 at half-time.
Fulham returned from the break reinvigorated and after cutting their deficit subjected Everton to a difficult closing 20 minutes.
Everton host Leeds United on Saturday – the teams' first Premier League meeting since April 2004 – before six top-flight games next month.
“It was important for us to kick-start our season, we hadn’t won in a while so the main thing was to get that result and use it as as motivation going into the next game," said Iwobi.
“Fulham changed their tactics for the second half and made it difficult for us.
“But we were able to withstand the pressure and come out with three points, so it was a good result.
“We started the season really well but the past couple of games weren’t good.
“This will be great for us to kick on and do well for the season.”