Round expects more from Mirallas
Toffees No.2 says new signing is still short of fitness
Last Updated: August 29, 2012 11:10pm
Kevin Mirallas: Showed a glimpse of what he can offer, says Round
Everton assistant boss Steve Round says new signing Kevin Mirallas showed 'a cameo' of what he can offer with an imposing display in Wednesday night's 5-0 thrashing of Leyton Orient.
Mirallas, who arrived on Merseyside from Olympiakos this summer, shone on his full debut for the Toffees; scoring two goals and setting up two more.
Round was impressed by the 24-year-old Belgium international but says he has even more to offer when he is at full match fitness.
He told Everton's official website: "Kevin gave us a cameo of what he's about with his speed, his movement and his finishing.
"He showed why he was one of the top goalscorers in Greece.
"That is why we have got him at the Club. He tired quite badly in the second half but we expected that. He missed quite a chunk of pre-season with a knee injury. He's not really up to speed yet but he is getting there."
The Blues grabbed four goals before the break, with Leon Osman and Victor Anichebe adding to Mirallas' double, while Magaye Gueye added another in the second half against their beleaguered League One visitors.
Round was impressed by their attitude, adding: "If you get the attitude right then the performance will be right as well. Ours was good right from the first whistle.
"The players all want to play; they're fit, injury free and enjoying playing with each other. Because of that we are getting some real flow and cohesion.
"We had top seniors down the spine of the team and their attitude was spot on. They wouldn't expect anything less than the correct attitude in a game like this."
Round had more good news for the Toffees when he revealed skipper Phil Neville's withdrawal with injury late on was a precautionary measure.