Spanish connection helping Mirallas work with Martinez at Everton

Kevin Mirallas has revealed that he feels more in tune with Everton manager Roberto Martinez because of their shared language than he did Martinez’s predecessor, David Moyes, the Daily Mail has reported.

Mirallas, a Belgium international, is half Spanish on his mother’s side and said after Everton’s 2-1 win over Hull that he is more comfortable with Martinez than he was Moyes – but did not criticise the Manchester United manager. Indeed, Mirallas praised Moyes, but admitted being able to speak more freely with Martinez has been beneficial.

The major change for me is the language change for me because I speak Spanish,” explained Mirallas. “For me it is better, although I was very happy playing under David Moyes because he is a good manager. But Roberto is different because the Spanish style of playing football is different.

Mirallas continued: “It’s easier because I speak Spanish with him and I understand better. The Spanish style of football is my type of football and with Roberto it is very different. Every day I have spoken with him and it’s helped my confidence. I feel I am more consistent now and I am playing better and better.

The winger took a starring role against the Tigers, scoring the game’s opening goal in the first-half and then teeing up Steven Pienaar for what proved to be the winner in the second period. Yannick Sagbo had equalised for the visitors but a Tim Howard clearance was flicked on by Romelu Lukaku for Ross Barkley, who fed Mirallas to supply Pienaar for the winner, scored with the South African substitute’s first touch of the game.

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