Kevin Mirallas has told Everton's official website that it feels 'strange' not being part of Roberto Martinez's first-choice line-up.
Mirallas has regularly been overlooked so far this season, with the likes of Steven Naismith, Arouna Kone and Ross Barkley in fine form, and, as a result, most of his appearances have come off the substitutes' bench.
It is a new role for the winger to play, after becoming an integral part of the team, but he insists that he is happy to be patient, as the Toffees are in such good form.
“For me, it is strange not playing but the most important thing is the team winning,” Mirallas said on the club's official website. “The team played very well and scored three goals against the champions of last season. The result was very good and important for the next few games.
“I will wait, work hard in training and when the manager says ‘now is your time’ I will try to play very well.”
Everton's latest result, a 3-1 victory over Chelsea, has propelled them up to seventh in the Premier League table and they are looking a force to be reckoned with this year.
Martinez has worked hard on tightening up his defence, after what was a disappointing 2014/15 season, and he also seems to have given them added attacking threat.
The Merseyside outfit have looked dangerous in every game they have played so far, and confidence is high at Goodison Park.
Mirallas will, therefore, have to perform to the very best of his ability when he is given a chance, if he wants to force his way back into the team on a regular basis.