Super Eagles star Alex Iwobi revealed Premier League hero Austin Okocha who inspired him as a child.

The 26-year-old Nigeria international has gained prominence with Everton and has become one of the most talked-about midfielders in the English top flight.

Iwobi has overcome a difficult start to his career at Goodison Park and is the player who has arguably flourished the most since Frank Lampard took over in January.

The former Arsenal star grew up in London and saw his uncle Okocha who lit up the Premier League with Bolton in the early 2000s with his brilliance, skills, and goals.

Iwobi has now revealed he wants to emulate the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations winner who is one of the finest dribblers the world has seen.

“He (Okocha) was an entertaining player to watch, and the skills he used to do were outrageous skills that you only really see freestylers do, “Iwobi said, as per the Independent.

“So, yeah, hopefully the younger viewers will learn a bit more about him and understand why I chuck in some skills too.

“I mean, that’s what kids want to see, you know – people having fun. He was a fun guy to watch.

“Sometimes I feel like I’m just that same kid that wants to express myself and play football, but when I do realise that ‘Wow, I have an influence on kids’. It’s mad. I just want to put positive things out there for them.

“It’s nice that kids look up to me and try to imitate me and play like me because I was once that kid who used to look up to my uncle.

“I find it weird but I do enjoy it.”

Okocha played 144 games and scored 18 goals for Bolton Wanderers between 2002 and 2006, after moving from Paris Saint-Germain.

Iwobi is expected to play a vital role on Wednesday as Everton make a trip to Newcastle United in the Premier League.


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