Everton midfielder Alex Iwobi has now shared what always stuns him about the club’s passionate fanbase ahead of Sunday’s game against Bournemouth.
The Nigerian international has said that it ‘amazes’ him how many Evertonians he encounters despite living in Manchester, and it is clear just what the club means to the fans.
Speaking with The Telegraph, the 27-year-old goes on to say how privileged he feels to represent such a club, and his interactions with fans allows him to see who it is he is playing for when he pulls on an Everton shirt.
Iwobi said: “I live in Manchester but my neighbours are Everton fans. If I’m walking my dog or dogs, they always say, ‘Come on, you can’t go down’. It amazes me how many Everton fans are around. Everton is a big club.
You can be out minding your business and you see fans and they are so lively and energetic for the club. It just makes me feel like it is a privilege and an honour to represent them. It shows me who I am doing this for.
I am not just doing it for people here, I am actually talking to people and it affects them. It shows me how much Everton means to them.”
Iwobi has recently impressed with his Everton performances, and Sunday will need to be the biggest one yet
Everton have a crucial relegation decider on Sunday against Bournemouth at Goodison Park and a win against the Cherries guarantees the club’s status in the Premier League.
The Blues are two points above Leicester City and Leeds United, and so a win is not entirely necessary should other results go Everton’s way, but a comfortable three points would surely settle a lot of nerves around Goodison Park.
No doubt the club’s passionate fanbase will be in full voice backing Alex Iwobi and the rest of Everton’s players.