Kevin Mirallas says prospect of increased competition for his Everton place excites him

Kevin Mirallas scores the first goal for Everton

The Everton winger insists that he sees the club's potential transfer business as exciting despite the threat it may pose to him.

Kevin Mirallas scores the first goal for Everton

Everton midfielder Kevin Mirallas has told the Liverpool Echo that he is excited rather than concerned about the prospect of the club signing players to compete for his position.

The Toffees are currently in their first transfer window under new owner Farhad Moshiri and manager Ronald Koeman, and though their only major signing so far has been goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, they have been linked with a host of names.

Players such as Manchester United's attacking midfield star Juan Mata and Turkish international Kerim Frei have been touted as potential signings for Koeman, and the arrival of players such as those would throw Mirallas' place into further doubt.

The Belgian suffered a frustrating campaign last term and made just 23 Premier League appearances, many of which came as a substitute, as he fell out of favour under Roberto Martinez.

Everton's Kevin Mirallas in action with Leicester City's Jeffrey Schlupp

That saw him miss out on a place in the Belgium squad for Euro 2016, but the 28-year-old has insisted that he is not concerned by the thought of even sterner competition for his position arriving at Goodison Park this summer.

Mirallas told the Liverpool Echo: "I know it could mean more players this season. All of the top teams buy new players and Everton is a big club, so it’s normal to sign big players.

"Some players like the transfer speculation and some players don’t. For me, it’s good because if you have big players in your team then your team is better.

Kevin Mirallas scores the third goal for Everton

"I like it too because when you have good players behind you when you play, you need to play well because after the game it’s possible to change round. For me, it’s good."

That 23 league appearances - 30 in all competitions - was the lowest total that Mirallas has made in a season across his four-year spell at Everton.

The winger will be hoping to impress new manager Koeman this summer and force his way back in as a major player for the club this term.

Kevin Mirallas celebrates with Leighton Baines after scoring the third goal for Everton

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