As he looks ahead to tomorrow's clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Kevin Mirallas says he is aware of his need to improve in terms of attacking contribution.
The Belgian has been back in the starting XI for the past couple of games after being deployed off the substitutes' bench in the two before that. Whether it's because of a shift in focus towards the more defensive side of his game or the need to adapt to the new manager's methods though, he has struggled for consistency going forward.
The club's second-top scorer in each of his first three seasons at Goodison Park, Mirallas has just one goal so far this season and no assists, and he is aware of what he needs to do more of if he is to stay in the team.
“Personally, I need to create more, score more goals and get more assists,” he told evertonfc.com. “It is not easy and we need the whole team to help each other so we can improve even more.
“I have spoken to the manager and he has told me I have been playing well but he wants more, and I agreed.
“I have looked at my game, looked at situations when I need to dribble more, or pass or shoot more. This week I have been training hard because we know it's another big game.”
Mirallas scored in this fixture last season, a rollercoaster affair that ended 3-3 and in controversial circumstances, and netted in the 3-6 goalfest against Chelsea at Goodison the season before and he is looking to add to that tally this weekend in what will be a difficult assignment for Ronald Koeman's men.
“If you score against the same team a couple of times, it is something that gives you confidence,” the forward explained.
“I like to play at Stamford Bridge. The stadium is nice, there is always a good pitch and our fans always create a very good atmosphere to support the team.”
The match kicks off at 5.30pm with live coverage on BT Sport.
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1 Posted 04/11/2016 at 18:13:00
Saying it is, of course, easier than doing it.
2 Posted 04/11/2016 at 18:14:18
4 Posted 04/11/2016 at 18:38:53
Well, you would hope so. You'd have to be worried about any player that was going in to training every day and not speaking with the manager. I would've thought that would be a given.
5 Posted 04/11/2016 at 19:11:35
6 Posted 04/11/2016 at 21:24:03
7 Posted 04/11/2016 at 22:00:06
8 Posted 04/11/2016 at 22:03:02
9 Posted 04/11/2016 at 22:41:52
Although that's not what we want to see, but that streak/fight, attitude he had seems to have gone, which seemed to be a big part of his game.
10 Posted 04/11/2016 at 22:59:48
11 Posted 04/11/2016 at 23:09:23
12 Posted 04/11/2016 at 23:58:25
13 Posted 05/11/2016 at 00:08:15
14 Posted 05/11/2016 at 03:38:38
15 Posted 05/11/2016 at 07:15:44
I saw some stats earlier today on Lukaku's 50 Premier League goals. Of that 50, Barkley has assisted 3, Mirallas also 3. Isn't that absolutely pathetic in 3 or so seasons? Bolasie already has 4.
17 Posted 06/11/2016 at 07:34:28
18 Posted 06/11/2016 at 17:17:32
19 Posted 06/11/2016 at 17:46:56
20 Posted 06/11/2016 at 19:03:07
You're right. He came as a striker but wasn't good enough so Moyes switched him to the wing. He's 29 has had 3 managers, none of whom made him first choice. Martinez bumped his salary up to 55 grand a week then never used him.
We're probably stuck with him to summer 2018. He's never been good enough and this season is absolutely dire.
21 Posted 06/11/2016 at 19:08:30
That is terrifying, that somebody as relatively useless as Kevin Mirallas is on £55k per week, which means if I as an individual purchased a season ticket every season at a cost of £750 per season It would take me 73 years to pay Kevin one week's wages!
Who said footballers live in cloud cuckoo land, eh?
22 Posted 09/11/2016 at 21:49:39