Last season, Kevin Mirallas didn’t have the best of times at Everton.
Pushed aside by Roberto Martinez, ironically his new national team manager, the Belgian winger only made 13 starts, and the player voiced his discontent a few times in the press.
However, with the Spaniard now gone, Mirallas appears to have the full support of the new man in charge, Ronald Koeman, and he couldn’t be happier.
Speaking to Sport Magazine, relayed by DH in Belgium, the 28-year-old explained the Dutchman’s arrival represented a clean slate for the club, which was apparently much needed.
He said: “I’m happy. The team has started well, we’re second, it’s good. There’s been a lot of changes: a new manager, a new owner, new players. It’s a new start and it’s a bit different.
“Koeman is who the club needed. The manager wants us to have more possession. If he’s not happy, he changes a player or the system. Last season was hard. This season, we want to do a better job. We hope to finish in the top five to get a European spot.”
Capable of playing pretty much across the front line, Mirallas has so far scored one goal and picked up one assist in six appearances for the Merseyside club.
With 13 points from their first five games, Everton only trail Manchester City, who have a 100% record for now, in the Premier League table, and with Bournemouth at the weekend, they’ll be hoping to continue their impressive start.