By Harvey Byrne
Everton favourite Michael Ball believes current attacker Kevin Mirallas is currently playing with a bee in his bonnet.
The 29-year-old attacker had struggled to keep his play in the Toffees team following the appointment of manager Ronald Koeman.
However, he has started his side’s last two matches and even provided two assists as the Merseyside club ran out 4-2 victors over Leicester on Sunday afternoon.
Now, Ball believes that while his position in the team is under constant threat the Belgian possesses the “attitude and nastiness” to carry on succeeding with Everton.
“Kevin Mirallas has had a lively couple of games and I think he sort of understands where his position at the club is at the moment and while it’s a little harsh in that if he doesn’t perform he’s dropped the next week, but that’s the level we need to be at,” wrote Ball in his column for the Liverpool Echo.
“We’ve got a lot of players we can use in that area and play different systems.
“He’s got a bee in his bonnet and possesses that kind of attitude and nastiness to succeed and it’s just the consistency he needs to bring to the table.
“While Koeman might not be pleased with his reaction at being substituted at Manchester United, he’ll like the reaction he brings on the pitch in that he wants to make a point by providing an assist or scoring a goal.
“That’s all a manager can ask for in these situations. Show your disappointment on the pitch, don’t be knocking on my door.
“Some players need a scare while others react better to an arm around the shoulder but as long as Kevin is responding positively then it’s all good for us.”
Mirallas has now been with Everton for five years after joining from Olympiacos for a fee of £6million.
He has more than repaid his cost, featuring in 167 matches for the club in total, bringing a return of 38 goals and 32 assists.
Of those totals 31 of his appearances have come in all competitions during the current campaign, which have seen him return four goals and six assists.
The 57-time capped Belgium international will be keen to keep his place in the side now as Everton aim for a top six finish with six matches left.
In other Everton news, this defender is ineligible for the Toffees’ first team following Premier League move.