The Belgian forward has gone from the fringes of the first team under former boss Roberto Martinez to being a key figure in many of Everton's warm-up games this summer and with no attacking signings having arrived so far, he could play a big part when the new season kicks off this coming weekend.
Last season's third-place finishers, Tottenham Hotspur, come to Goodison Park for what has the makings of an intriguing encounter on Saturday and Mirallas is looking forward to the match-up.
"It's a great game to start because I think they were one of the best teams in the Premier League last season, he told evertonfc.com. "I hope we can have lots of success this season and, with a full stadium behind us, we can win the first game against Spurs."
Regarding his own readiness, the 28-year-old admitted that he feels strong with a full summer's fitness work behind him, not to mention plenty of minutes in the exhibition games, often deployed as a forward alongside Gerard Deulofeu.
“I've worked hard in pre-season and I feel physically stronger," Mirallas explained. I'm very happy playing under the new manager, I've enjoyed the freedom he's given me on the pitch.
“I've played a lot of games and I feel very good.”
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1 Posted 07/08/2016 at 20:57:49
2 Posted 07/08/2016 at 21:03:49
3 Posted 07/08/2016 at 21:22:17
FFS you have ALL the requirements, and Evertonians have seen you open up an awesome box of tricks.
Now unleash ALL the good stuff and leave the pointless hissy Princess bollox in the away dressing room.
Seriously Kev, just put it together and you will be utterly worshipped. WORSHIPPED !
Down to you now Kev. . . .
4 Posted 07/08/2016 at 21:27:33
5 Posted 07/08/2016 at 22:52:10
6 Posted 07/08/2016 at 23:35:09
7 Posted 07/08/2016 at 23:48:37
There is NO "I" in team!!
8 Posted 07/08/2016 at 23:48:58
9 Posted 07/08/2016 at 00:04:09
To me, we seem to lack proper scouts; we lost our chief scout to Moyes, and never really replaced him properly.
I just have a terrible feeling that we are dragging behind compared to the top 10.
10 Posted 08/08/2016 at 00:05:02
11 Posted 08/08/2016 at 00:05:21
13 Posted 08/08/2016 at 06:56:52
14 Posted 08/08/2016 at 07:57:16
He's the same old greedy individual with no idea of how to help the team effort, he can't defend, can't pass to team mates, can't put in a decent cross.
He should've been sold two years ago.
15 Posted 08/08/2016 at 08:16:21
I for one am looking forward to hopefully a great season from Mirallas, who will be like a new signing given Martinez hardly played him last season. He played as a striker before he came to us so hopefully will get 10+ goals this term along with Deulefeu. Glad to hear RK is giving him more freedom too, on form he's easily one of our best players.
16 Posted 08/08/2016 at 08:38:34
I don't think he'd dare snatch a penalty off Baines (and miss) with Big Ron in the dugout. Clearly he's an arrogant fella that needs a strong manager, Roberto was as weak as they come.
17 Posted 08/08/2016 at 08:46:57
it is beyond me how some ToffeeWebbers can have faith in a player of very limited capacity, just because the player himself spouts some talk-cheap bollox. The only thing that has improved with Mirallas this season is his hair-do!
18 Posted 08/08/2016 at 08:52:05
19 Posted 08/08/2016 at 09:00:53
20 Posted 08/08/2016 at 09:13:55
I've been as low as the best of them during the dark Martinez and Moyes days in recent years. However, we're 5 days from the big KO with a home game against Spurs. Surely with RK in charge we can be a bit optimistic?
Team may not have set the world alight in pre season but then again I don't think Barca are having sleepless nights after being stuffed by the RS yes it's a cliche but it's only preseason.
I just hope the never ending Stones and Lukaku saga can be put to bed soon, one way or another. Can see them dragging out till the end of August.
21 Posted 08/08/2016 at 11:24:19
22 Posted 08/08/2016 at 11:44:23
While I believe Mirallas is always a threat and a talent I don't believe he is the answer to our left hand side problem. A problem we've had for over two years.
For me, Mirallas is a striker. Playing on the left or on the right he's always being pulled into central positions.
While we need a GK, CB, and Striker if Rom is sold I believe a LM should be a priority.
What are your thoughts on Samir Nasri being available for £17m? Excellent player on his day.
23 Posted 08/08/2016 at 13:28:26
24 Posted 08/08/2016 at 13:57:15
25 Posted 08/08/2016 at 14:01:12
26 Posted 08/08/2016 at 15:14:20
Bullshit Bobby has gone, we move ON! COYB
27 Posted 08/08/2016 at 18:13:13
I like Klopp as well, but he can lose his temper in a way that creates division, and Liverpool still have a shaky defence.
28 Posted 08/08/2016 at 18:58:48
29 Posted 08/08/2016 at 19:52:08
"it is beyond me how some ToffeeWebbers can have faith in a player of very limited capacity"
Poor assessment mate. We have all seen what he is capable of. Yes, he is inconsistent, goes missing, lacks fight, can be greedy, etc. these are things that can be easily sorted with the right coaching, management, and guidance.
Ability-wise, Mirallas is far from "limited". If he can't raise his game back to an acceptable level on a more consistent level this year, then he can piss off for free next year.
I believe how slow we played the ball from back to front over the last few years really hurt his game, to be honest. A more direct approach will hopefully bring out the best in Super Kev!!
30 Posted 08/08/2016 at 20:12:21
If Koeman doesn't get the 'late' green light from whoever's in charge to buy in some class signings this week then I think Spurs will turn us over on Saturday. What's the likelihood of City and Chelsea making late bids for Stones and Lukaku? Very possible, then unless we take player plus cash we will be left scrambling round for late bargains.
Super Kev may well be looking forward to the game on Saturday, but I'll be behind the couch hoping that this present Everton side somehow pull off a win.
31 Posted 08/08/2016 at 20:31:31
32 Posted 08/08/2016 at 20:55:31
33 Posted 08/08/2016 at 21:05:45
Appreciate your patience and estimation of a player who has shown ability and signs of brilliance at times, along with Deulofeu. But honestly, he has had more than enough time. Some people say that it was down to Martinez who damaged players confidence.
As much as I found Martinez to be totally incapable in his capacity to coach, I can't hold him responsible for players form. You have to realise that, whatever coaching methods are implied, these players should be chomping at the bit every time they run out in front of 40 thousand fans at Goodison Park once a week, for 90-plus minutes.
They have been training all week and if they are injury free, they are honed for the occasion. They have been training all week and probably showed enough ability to warrant either a first team place or a role as a substitute.
When they finally grace the turf, we don't know what to expect. Why, because the are erratic and inconsistent. If we want to move on, which all of us do, there is no place for inconsistency, or erratic players.
Of course we want to see Mirallas or Deulofeu keep doing the things that they are capable of doing. But they are not the future. We have to let go of the romanticism and get ruthless. Otherwise other teams will be looking at a future fixture against Everton as three points on the table. They will all be able to sell the bearskin before they shot the bear, when it comes to playing Everton.
35 Posted 08/08/2016 at 21:29:48
36 Posted 08/08/2016 at 22:55:24
37 Posted 08/08/2016 at 23:02:26
38 Posted 09/08/2016 at 00:33:26
I must confess, after being linked with numerous stellar names and then signing just two squad players, plus our performances in the last four pre-season friendlies, I think I'm with the fella at the end of this clip: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jVygqjyS4CA
39 Posted 09/08/2016 at 02:55:04
Come on Colin Glassar, get your crystal ball out and make it happen!!!
41 Posted 09/08/2016 at 07:18:12
42 Posted 09/08/2016 at 07:54:57
That's really quite weird, because I did much the same last night, I didn't post on this particular thread. But, YES, I too blame Mr C Glassar for the inactivity !
We SHOULD be told !
Glassar, this means you.
43 Posted 09/08/2016 at 07:57:27
A year or so ago there was a well accepted view that we had our best ever squad, now we have a poor squad, even though it's the same. The reality is somewhere in between, we have a decent squad that a third rate manager couldn't manage, but now we have a decent manager that will up the current squad's performance and will make some additions given more than a few weeks in charge.
The main problem we have had over the past 3 years has been Martinez, have we forgotten this?
44 Posted 09/08/2016 at 08:16:42
So, frankly, do us ALL a favour ..
45 Posted 09/08/2016 at 08:22:20
49 Posted 09/08/2016 at 19:11:39
Do it on the pitch, Kev.
50 Posted 10/08/2016 at 10:18:04
3-1 with Joe Clennell (bought in a spending spree from Blackburn for £1,500) scoring all 3.
AND that season saw us beat the Red Shite 0-5! Now that kind of déjà vu I can happily live with, Amit.
Keep the faith.
51 Posted 10/08/2016 at 10:49:35
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