Lifelong Evertonian Kieran Dowell is the subject of today’s My Football Hero
In 2004, Ormskirk-born Dowell joined the Blues’ Academy, aged seven - and less than 12 months later, the man who would become his idol also headed to Goodison Park.
A skilful midfielder who was comfortable on the ball and made a habit of scoring eye-catching goals as well as creating them, Dowell says he modelled his own game on watching the former Barcelona prodigy.
That man was, of course, Mikel Arteta.
“He was someone I always looked up to as a kid,” Dowell told evertonfc.com
. “He was so graceful on the ball and he made everything look easy. He was great to watch and he is someone who I looked at and tried to implement areas of his game into my own.
“I play in similar positions, so I was always drawn to him.
“I remember watching him a lot but the 2010/11 season really stands out for me. He scored some great free-kicks that year and his one against Hull City [below] sticks in my memory.”
Dowell is the latest Blue to feature on My Football Hero
, following in the footsteps of Phil Jagielka, Graeme Sharp, Yannick Bolasie, Steve Walsh, Tom Davies, Mason Holgate, Matthew Pennington and Morgan Schneiderlin. Discover their heroes by clicking the links below this story.