Alex Iwobi has said he never doubted he will succeed at Everton even after a difficult start on arrival from Arsenal three years ago.
Iwobi, 26, has been on top form this season and this was underlined by the fact that he was nominated for the Premier League Player of the Month of September.
He also recently celebrated his 100th appearances for Everton.
The midfielder said he always knew he will shine at Everton.
“I never had the mindset that it wasn’t going to work here,” Iwobi said.
“I had the mindset that I’d turn it around and when the opportunity came with the new manager, I used it as a new chapter of my life and said to myself, ‘Forget the past. What’s happened has happened… Now let’s go again’.
“What I realised here is fans appreciate 100 per cent, as long as you show that you can do everything because there’s a reason you’re here at Everton – because you have ability.”
He added: “I like to remain positive as much as I can. I remember what made me, what got me to where I am.
“I use the difficult moments as motivation and drive to move forward – to prove people wrong, to make sure an obstacle doesn’t get the better of me.
“If you don’t go through losses, you won’t learn. Going through those rough patches only made me stronger mentally.”