Kevin Mirallas has spoken of his determination to kick start the Toffees season at The Hawthorns on Saturday
- Belgian hit-man believes a change in attitude will help fulfill his world-class potential
- Recognition in the dressing room driving him and the team towards success
- Rapid forward determined to lead from the front
Super Kevin Mirallas Ready To Lead From The Front
Everton’s Super Kevin Mirallas has spoken of how a change in attitude has heightened his status around Goodison Park. And the 26-year old Belgian international believes his growing influence on the team can drive the Blues on to a successful 2014-15 season.
Mirallas has high ambitions but has admitted a change in mentality will be a crucial component in achieving his goal of becoming a world-class player.
“My ambition is to be a top, top player and you need to have the right attitude to become one,” he said.
“Sometimes I would come into a game and think it’s easy, but you can’t play like that. It was a problem with my mentality which had to change and I’m working on it.
“Now I say every game is a big game and I say to myself ‘Come on Kevin.’ I have been saying to myself, ‘This season is my season.’
Mirallas who joined Everton from Olympiakos also revealed his growing status in the dressing room has instilled in him a confidence to enable him to take games by the scruff of the neck and drive his teammates on towards their ultimate goals this season. And he believes the competition for places in the Everton team will prove to be a crucial element in the forthcoming months.
“I now know how influential I can be,” continued Mirallas.
“Against Chelsea we were 2-0 down and I thought ‘The team needs me’. I scored just before half time and when we got back into the dressing room they said ‘Thank-you.’ That’s good for me. Hard work gets rewards.”
“There’s a lot of competition in the squad now. It’s important we’ve got a lot of players because it’s going to be a long season.”
Despite a stuttering start to the season with the Blues having yet to secure their first league win despite scoring seven goals in three games, Mirallas believes a team ethic of working hard for each other will prove the catalyst to kick starting the Tofees season starting this Saturday against West Brom at The Hawthorns.
“It’s good that we’re scoring goals but we need to tighten up and that’s a team mentality. It’s not just for our defenders to do that,” said Mirallas.
“Last season the team defended well and that means 11 players did their defensive jobs, this season it’s been different so far and that needs to change against West Brom and I think it will. It is a really important game.
“It’s vital we win because the start of the season hasn’t been good. We’ve played well but only two points isn’t good enough.
“The team has played well in patches and we’ve scored a lot of goals but as I have said we’ve conceded too many. The first defender in the team is the striker, then the winger and so on.
“When you’re 2-0 down in three minutes against Chelsea it’s not the back four, it’s a problem with concentration everywhere.
“It’s good that we’re scoring goals but we need to tighten up and that’s a team mentality. It’s not just for our defenders to do that.
“We’ve worked hard this week as a team to make sure we start well at the Hawthorns.”
The former Lille player missed a large portion of Everton’s pre-season after a successful World Cup campaign with Belgium. However, Mirallas believes his work with a personal trainer throughout the summer has left him in perfect condition to drive Everton towards their goal of Champions League qualification. As well as lifting silverware under Roberto Martinez.
Mirallas has also revealed to the Liverpool Echo he has never been happier in his career and believes he and his fellow teammates are at the right club to fulfill their footballing dreams.
“This is a great club for me and for a lot of players. There are only four clubs that finished above us last season.
“We’ve managed to get Rom back, Gareth Barry signed and Eto’o came this summer, ” he added.
“Now it’s important we improve on last year. The aims are difficult but simple; Champions League football and winning a trophy. That’s very important.”