KEVIN MIRALLAS believes the striking prowess of Nikica Jelavic has helped the impressive start to his Everton career.
Belgium international Mirallas has proven an instant success following his £5.3million signing from Olympiakos in August.
The 24-year-old has already found the target three times and provided a number of assists as Everton, who travel to Wigan Athletic on Saturday, have rocketed to second in the embryonic Premier League table.
Mirallas played a part in two goals in last weekend’s 3-1 win over Southampton, including a fine pass that set Jelavic through to score the first of the Croat’s two goals.
And Mirallas said: “My style of play is to put balls into the box in front of goal and get crosses in whenever possible, and I know Nikica is always going to be on the end of them.
“I know exactly where he wants the ball, in front of him and into space. That’s how I created one of the goals. Playing alongside a striker like that is a massive help.”
Although having forged his reputation playing on the left flank, the form of Steven Pienaar has seen Mirallas employed elsewhere along the forward line by David Moyes.
But the Belgium has no complaints, and said: “I spent a lot of the time playing on the left-hand side of attack last year, more attack than midfield.
“But we all know that Steven Pienaar is doing a fantastic job down that side. The manager is lining me up on the right side at the moment but I feel very comfortable out there also.
“While things are working out like that, then I couldn’t be happier. I’m very much at ease on that side.”