DAVID MOYES admits Everton have missed Kevin Mirallas’ attacking instincts – as the Belgian forward moved closer to full fitness.
The 25-year-old has not featured for the Blues since limping out of their victory over Sunderland on November 10 with a hamstring strain.
Moyes hopes to have his £5.5m summer signing from Olympiakos available to be involved against Spurs on Sunday – and knows his spell on the sidelines has limited the attacking potency of a team which had recorded more shots than any other club in Europe before his set-back.
He said: “He's got a goal in him and we've missed his goals. Not that he scored loads per se but his attempts at goals and shots were one of the reasons we've done so
well. We've been without him now for five weeks and we'll be glad to get him back around it. I thought it wasn't that serious a hamstring injury at first but it's not been something we've been able to push, because he's not been quite ready.”
Moyes knows having the option of Mirallas – and Seamus Coleman who is also nearing a return – would have been helpful during recent games against Arsenal and Manchester City.
“(At City) We needed someone who could maybe take the ball for a run for a wee bit,” he said.
“When City got better in the second half we could have done with someone to take it away. We know that.”