Everton boss Roberto Martinez has insisted that Kevin Mirallas can be influential for the Toffees as a striker as they look to build on their poor goalscoring start to the season, reports Everton FC.
Everton have struggled for goals this season, with Nikica Jelavic not living up to his first season performances, and last year's top scorer Marouane Fellaini departing for Manchester United.
Martinez is now ready to try Mirallas in a central striking role, as he did in the closing stages against Chelsea last weekend.
“Kevin Mirallas is now in a stage of his career where he can play in many positions and understand a different way of playing,” Martinez told evertontv. “He played in that position at his previous club Olympiakos, so we are all very aware of that option."
“At that time [against Chelsea] we were defending really well and were comfortable, but it is important to have pace and mobility up front. Kevin always gave us that outlet and that real threat going forward.
“We need to be able to adjust and adapt and Kevin as an individual showed what he can do.”
His pace and trickery has been known to cause Premier League defenders nightmares, but under David Moyes, he was often deployed as a winger or attacking midfielder.
Martinez will be welcoming back Arouna Kone for this weekends trip to West Ham, who has recovered from a knee injury in time to play.
Loan signing Romelu Lukaku is also in contention for a starting place, having missed out against parent team Chelsea last week due to a clause in his loan.
And with the Jelavic added into the equation, Martinez certainly faces some questions before deciding his starting line-up.
“Those are the decisions you want,” he said. “We have got Romelu Lukaku ready to step in and help the team.
"Nikica Jelavic has done a great job for the side, and there is Arouna Kone who hopefully will be fully fit after that little knock that he had in training.
“The options up front are pretty strong and that’s where we want to be as a team.
“If you want to get the result that the performances deserve, sometimes you need a cutting edge up front and clearly we have got the personnel to do that.”
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