Kevin Mirallas believes he will have more of an impact on Everton in the new season, the
Mirallas suffered a series of slight injuries during his first season at Goodison Park, leading at one point to David Moyes calling on the former Olympiakos player to toughen up now he is in English football.
The 25-year-old however feels that his problems were caused by the lack of a full pre-season with Everton, as he joined too late to take part in much of the squad’s preparations. “It’s true to say I had a good start in the league but then later in the season I started to encounter problems with my hamstring,” Mirallas said.
“Maybe it was because I didn’t have a full pre-season and the chance to prepare properly. It did hinder my progress because as we know it’s a tough league to play in, and if you’re not 100% fit it’s going to be difficult,” he added.
But with a full summer under Moyes’ successor Roberto Martinez, Mirallas feels he is ready to perform to his best on a more consistent basis. “But certainly this season I hope with all my heart that after a good pre-season things go very well and I want to do even better than the glimpses I showed last season,” Mirallas said.
He also feels that having a shared language with Martinez – Mirallas’ mother is Spanish and he speaks the language fluently – could be a benefit to his form. “It’s tough to say whether Martinez’s style will suit me more at this stage. Certainly with Martinez it might be different. On a personal level he speaks Spanish and I speak Spanish so little things like that could help,” Mirallas admitted.
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