Mirallas must make use of Lukaku to take his performances to the next level

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Belgium and Everton forward Kevin Mirallas has been in fine form in his second term in the Premier League with the Toffees.

The 26-year-old arrived at Goodison Park last summer as the top scorer in Greece with Olympiacos where he spent two years after making his name in France with Saint-Etienne and Lille.

A graduate of the youth system at Belgian outfit Standard Liege, Mirallas has yet to open his account for Roberto Martinez side so far this season – he has contributed two assists for Everton in the Premier League but no goals thus far.

His new teammate, loan star Romelu Lukaku, who arrived at Goodison on deadline day this summer from Chelsea after an impressive spell on loan at West Brom last season, has already scored four goals and made one assists in just 5 Premier League appearances, of which just four were starts.

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Lukaku was the star of the show in Belgium’s 2-1 victory over Croatia on Friday – in the first half was simply sublime and at the heart of everything good the Belgians created, scoring the first of his two goals after 15 minutes and the second just before half time.

At just 20 years of age, Lukaku is undoubtedly the most exciting Belgian prospect in the forward department which is fantastic news for Roberto Martinez and Everton but what does his loan move mean for Kevin Mirallas.

Mirallas can and does feature as a wide-forward for both club and country, predominantly on the right flank but, so far, he has played 90 minutes in just one game in the Premier League for Everton; predominantly he has been taken off in the second half of games by Martinez.

So far he has been replaced four times by youngster Gerard Deulofeu who is on loan from Barcelona and twice by winger Steven Naismith. Playing mostly as a winger, Mirallas is unlikely to be competing with Lukaku for a place in the team for either club or country and, crucially, is unlikely to be given the nod there by either Martinez or Belgium boss Marc Wilmots, especially given Lukaku’s form at present.

In fact, Lukaku’s presence at Everton could be a huge help rather than a hindrance to Mirallas – if he links up well with the Belgian youngster for his club, he will likely work himself further into the favour of Wilmots for the World Cup next summer in Brazil.

In fact, whilst Mirallas hasn’t been scoring as often as he’d like to for Everton, perhaps if he focused on feeding Lukaku via assists, he could impose himself in a greater way on the scene at international level.

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