'He's a phenomenal footballer' - Roberto Martinez hails Everton attacker Kevin Mirallas

Roberto Martinez has commented on how important Kevin Mirallas is to Everton after he returned from injury this weekend.

Roberto Martinez has paid tribute to Kevin Mirallas after the Everton winger made his comeback from injury during the Toffees' 2-1 win over West Ham United at the weekend.

The Belgian returned to fitness ahead of schedule after picking up a hamstring injury towards the back end of September, but he showed no signs of rustiness during the match. 

Mirallas was his usual spritely self and Martinez was delighted to have the creative influence back available for selection. 

"It was really important to have him back,” Martinez said to the club's official site. “You can see what he brings. He is a phenomenal footballer in transition when he glides across the pitch. For him to get 60 minutes was really positive.

“We didn’t expect him to be fully fit this early but it is a great way to see him enjoying his football. 

“It is going to be very important to keep him fit and healthy in the next few months and keeping him as sharp as he looked against West Ham.”

Everton have coped very well without Mirallas, remaining unbeaten in their last seven fixtures, but they will be delighted to have him back.

The 27-year-old is a match-winner on his day and possesses the pace and skill to be a threat to any defence in the Premier League.

Martinez has a number of talented strikers available of him this season and they should all thrive off the service they are likely to get from Mirallas. 

Romelu Lukaku and Samuel Eto'o have not hit the back of the net with the regularity they would like as yet, but they should find their chances improved by having the former Olympiacos man back in the team.

Mirallas will be looking to continue his recovery by having a similarly positive impact for the side when they take on Tottenham Hotspur next weekend. 

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