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|Club as Player||Everton FC|
2019 09 07 Retrieve
[Joseph Yobo says his old club Everton is the perfect place for Nigerian compatriot Alex Iwobi to deliver on his potential] Everton is the perfect club for a brave player like Alex Iwobi and I know it’s the right step to becoming a great player. The manager [Marco Silva] is building an amazing team and he believes so much in Alex to add him to his squad. Already he has started well by scoring two headed goals and it’s just the beginning of bigger things to come
[As far as Yobo is concerned, Iwobi is in the ideal environment to build on the good start he has made] He’s coming into a team full of good players, a traditional family club that is ready to back him on and off the pitch. Mentally it must be tough to leave a club like Arsenal where it all started for him, but this is a strong statement of intent to challenge himself. I had a good time at Everton and I’m very pleased that he’s followed in the footsteps of myself, Yakubu Ayegbeni and Victor Anichebe. With the way he plays and his creativity, Alex has a big chance to blossom, succeed and grow into a great player with Everton
2019 11 09 Retrieve
[Former Everton defender Joseph Yobo has backed Alex Iwobi to make an impact at Everton once he has fully settled in at Goodison Park] Moving to Everton was a good move for him because he wanted more game time. Unfortunately, it takes a longer time to settle down in a new environment because only a few players move to another club and settle immediately
In between him adapting, he had a number of good performances for Everton. He was getting familiar with how Everton play and was becoming one of the key figures in the team before his injury.
I think we should be patient with him because we can’t doubt his talent. He has unbelievable talent and work rate. I know he is going to achieve more with Everton
2020 04 14 Retrieve
[Former Everton defender Joseph Yobo says Liverpool deserve to be crowned 2019-20 Premier League champions whether the coronavirus pandemic brings the season to a premature end or not] If I want to be sentimental [as an Evertonian], I could have said I don’t want them to win it. But I love football and for the interest of global football, and the way Liverpool have played, they deserve to win the Premier League title - 25 points is not a joke. From the way they played last season, winning the Champions League and losing the league to Manchester City by one point - on that note, it would be unfair if they are not crowned as champions
2020 05 11 Retrieve
[At the time of his appointment, the former Fenerbahce defender is yet to secure his coaching badges but Pinnick reveals the NFF has not breached any law] Apart from the first assistant in the national team, other coaches that are yet to get a coaching license are allowed to be in the team’s technical set up according to the rules. So, Yobo’s appointment is on track
2020 05 14 Retrieve
[The defender revealed he was swayed by the dreams of Moyes for Everton as well as his promise to make him one of the best in the world] When I was at Olympique de Marseille I played at the back with Frank Leboeuf, former Chelsea defender, so when he saw me he said, ‘Wow you are lightning-quick’ that I was strong and powerful. He said to me that the French League is good, that I’m playing for probably one of the biggest clubs Marseille but he thinks England would suit me so well.
How I moved to Everton, we played against Ireland in a friendly game preparing for the 2002 World Cup and David Moyes watched me. That game I played in the midfield with Jay-Jay (Okocha), so we were in the middle and we played against Roy Keane, the former Manchester United captain, and I was able to make a statement in that game. After that game, David Moyes spoke to me that he wanted me to come to Everton and I made him understand that I wanted to go to the World Cup first because even at the World Cup there was something going on with Juventus, a rumour that I was going to Juventus, so I told my agent that I wanted to go to the World Cup and I’m glad my dream came true.
At the World Cup, people said I was one of the best performers and there were offers from everywhere for me. My agent told me that we were going to England, London. I didn’t want to ask too many questions, where we were going, there were rumours of Arsenal and other teams but I went to Belgium and we took a flight and the flight landed in Liverpool. He told me Moyes wants to speak to me, so Moyes took me around the club, told me his dreams and what he expects from me and how good a player he wants me to be.
Basically he wanted to make me one of the best defenders in the world, those were his words. He bought me lunch and sold the club entirely to me. He was a young manager, a former defender, one thing that struck me was he said he wants to make me one of the best defenders in the world, so we spoke with my agent and I decided to move to Everton but they couldn’t reach a deal that’s why it was a loan.
My first season with Everton was even very memorable because it was a loan deal, I had to impress to make it permanent for them to be able to pay what Marseille want. This is funny, that was the first time I saw a striker tackling a defender from the back in a friendly game for Everton, somewhere in Wales or Scotland. I had this ball, I was in control of the ball, the striker came from behind, tackled me, that’s how I was out for about four weeks, he didn’t take the ball, he was very aggressive, I got injured in the process, so that’s how I missed the first few weeks of my Everton career.
The season started and Everton wasn’t doing so well, I don’t know what happened but we had a good team but we were still rebuilding at the same time. And I came into the team, we won about four, five, six games in a row and we kept about six, seven clean sheets in a row. And at that point the fans voted me the PFA Player of the Month, it’s something that I appreciate so much. That’s how my first season started, I made my mark immediately I came into the team and then I signed a permanent deal for Everton