Iwobi faces his former club today.
And he recalled: “Growing up I'd go for nutmegs, try to embarrass my friends.
“Thierry told me that attackers are remembered for goals and assists, and I needed to get that in my head. Something clicked.
“Mikel (Arteta) was another big influence. He was injured at the time and would play and train with the Under-21s. He would talk to me, telling me to get on the half-turn, stay alert and sharp, ready to make an impact."
Iwobi is the nephew of former Nigeria star Jay-Jay Okocha, and added: “Uncle Jay-Jay encouraged me to enjoy it. If you make a mistake, try again. I have stuck by that and will never hide.
“Now it's up to me to make a name for myself at Everton."