Marouane Fellaini may grab all the headlines and cast all the shadows (and not just from his afro-styled hair), but fellow countryman Kevin Mirallas is fast catching him and following in his footsteps.
Despite Fellaini opening the scoring for the Toffees in a rather tight and cagey first half in a 3-1 victory over strugglers Reading at Goodison Park, it was Mirallas who confirmed the much-needed victory with a beautifully taken third goal.
Fellaini, often the man to get Everton out of a sticky situation as his stint in the Premier League has so often showed, leapt highest to impeccably head in and get the ball rolling.
After Steven Pienaar added a second from 25 yards, surprise package Mirallas put the result beyond doubt as he latched on to Pienaar’s pass before wrong-footing Reading’s Stuart Taylor.
Signed from Greek champions Olympiakos in August, Mirallas has really blossomed of late after a slow start to life in English football with form and fitness struggling.
However, recent performances have drawn particular praise from Everton boss David Moyes, who believes the player is starting to show his real ability on Merseyside.
“What we saw from Kevin today was a player who looked like he can score and create,” said Moyes post-match.
“That’s not how he looked previously, but it was just a question of getting his fitness levels up again, and that has helped his confidence.
“He looks like he’s got a goal in him now, and that gives the other players a real lift if they think he can finish things off for them.”
With a European place still not out of the question for Everton, Moyes will be hoping the coming to form of Mirallas can not only lift the pressure off Fellaini, but also drive his side to a top-five finish.
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