Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has anointed Alex Iwobi as heir to Mikel Obi following his eye-catching performances in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Libya this month.
The German football tactician subtly criticized his skipper, saying that Iwobi is quick with the ball and has better movement.
Against the Mediterranean Knights, the Hale End Academy product was involved in the buildup to two of the seven goals netted by the Super Eagles.
”Now he has done it again in the two matches against Libya doing very, very well in that position where he delivered a wonderful decisive pass that resulted in one of the goals,” Rohr said to Sporting Life Nigeria.
”Alex is now trying to be a real playmaker for the Eagles. I have seen enough from him now to know he is a new possibility for that creative midfield position.”
Rohr continued: ”Perhaps Obi Mikel will come back. Mikel can be our playmaker also with a different style but with Alex (Iwobi) we have a lot of movement.
”Right now we have Alex who is very quick with the ball and has the talent of releasing on time the Eagles’ fast wing attackers most especially the point man to score goals for us. I think Alex is a joy to be at the centre of our games”.
Prior to the matches against Libya, Rohr had deployed Iwobi everywhere in the attack, from a right winger to left winger and even as a centre-forward.