By Matt Farr
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has challenged Kevin Mirallas to improve his final product.
The 29-year-old attacker has been an ever-present member of the first team squad at Goodison Park this season, and has put in a series of impressive displays.
He looks set to be rewarded for his fine performances with a new long-term contract, with Koeman revealing to the Liverpool Echo on Thursday that an agreement with the player was already in place.
However, while Koeman has shared his delight at Mirallas’ displays over the course of the campaign, he has demanded improvement from the Belgian international in one particular area of his game.
Mirallas has four goals and supplied six assists from his 35 appearances in all competitions this season, but Koeman reckons he could offer much more in the final third.
He told the Echo: “We have the agreement with the player, and that’s good. He’s a really good player but I have spoken to him and from him we need more productivity.”
Mirallas’ current deal runs until the end of next season, but until his long-term future is resolved by putting pen-to-paper, fans will remain concerned over the potential loss of another of their star performers.
The club are already sweating over the futures of attacking duo Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku, with the pair looking likely to quit Merseyside this summer.
Barkley has been handed an ultimatum by Koeman, with the Dutchman demanding that Barkley sign a new deal this week, or else he will be sold by the club.
The future of Mirallas is much less of a concern for Everton, but Koeman will still be keen to see him commit to the club, and then see considerable improvement in his end product in the coming seasons.