'If we fight, we're capable of competing with anyone': Iwobi delivers rallying call to Everton stars

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‘If we fight, we are capable of competing with anyone’: Alex Iwobi delivers rallying call to Everton stars… and insists now is not the time to give up, while also saying ‘international break came at the right time’

  • Everton’s Alex Iwobi’s insists his side are capable of competing with anyone 
  • The Nigeria international believes the Toffees must continue to fight to the end
  • Frank Lampard’s side take on West Ham on Sunday afternoon in the league

Few teams needed a respite from club football more than Everton, who are about to enter a critical week.

The proud Merseyside club, ever-present in the top flight since 1954, travel to West Ham today and relegation rivals Burnley on Wednesday one place outside of the bottom three.

Manager Frank Lampard has lost all four away games since succeeding Rafa Benitez and said his team lacked ‘b******s’ after their 4-0 defeat at Crystal Palace in the FA Cup.

Everton boss Frank Lampard claimed his side lacked 'b******s' after Crystal Palace FA Cup loss

Everton boss Frank Lampard claimed his side lacked ‘b******s’ after Crystal Palace FA Cup loss

Nigeria star Alex Iwobi believes the international break came at the right time for the club

Nigeria star Alex Iwobi believes the international break came at the right time for the club

Off the pitch, the club have just reported an annual loss of £120.9million. Dreams of moving to a new stadium may depend on staying in the Premier League.

Alex Iwobi, who scored a memorable winner against Newcastle in the last league outing at home, admits: ‘I think the international break came at the right time. 

‘Some players went away and showed good form. The guys who stayed here worked hard. We are taking every game now like a final. Seamus [captain Coleman] has told us to fight and show people that Everton are not soft and are not going down.

‘The boss has tried to boost the mood. Training has been very good. The standard has been very high so I feel like everyone is ready.’

Lampard’s criticism at Selhurst Park raised concerns about how the players would react. Iwobi said: ‘It’s not just the manager saying that — we agree.

‘If we fight, we are capable of competing with anyone. It starts in training. Be the best you can, then transfer it into matches.’

Iwobi grew up in Plaistow, which is West Ham territory. He had the chance to join them as a kid before going to Arsenal.

Iwobi has now claimed if his team put up a fight, they are able to compete with any side

Iwobi has now claimed if his team put up a fight, they are able to compete with any side

David Moyes will be looking to get one over on his former club to boost his European chances

David Moyes will be looking to get one over on his former club to boost his European chances

He will have a key role to play in the coming weeks with Andros Townsend injured. In particular supplying the ammunition for Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison, who scored last week for Brazil.

Iwobi’s own Everton career has been mixed, but he said: ‘I’ve heard negativity all my life. Every time I hear it, it gives me that desire to prove people wrong. I’m sure that’s what many people in the team feel like.

‘I won’t lie, relegation has been mentioned once or twice, but not a lot. We’re trying to look forward, not behind. We don’t want to play with fear but impose ourselves. We want to stay in the Premier League.’

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