The best is yet to come from Mirallas, insists Martinez

The Everton boss has been delighted with the Belgian winger's performances this season and expects him to kick on after opening his account in the win over Hull City
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has hailed the performances of Kevin Mirallas, but insists there is much more to come from the winger.

Having scored nine goals in his debut season after arriving from Olympiakos last summer, the Belgium international finally got off the mark this campaign with a deflected shot against Hull City last weekend.

The former Wigan manager admits he has been delighted with the 26-year-old since taking over at Goodison and believes he will only get better.

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"Kevin started the season  really well in terms of me asking something a little bit different from him and physically  he had to adapt to reach those  levels," he told the Liverpool Daily Post.

"He is a player who is capable  of bringing that little bit of magic to unlock a defence, to make  that assist that can win you the  game.

"He’s been so influential so  for but still has another level to  get to."

Mirallas has established himself as an important part of the star-studded Belgium squad that will be taking part in next summer’s World Cup in Brazil, and his domestic manager feels international recognition will spur him on to greater things.

"I’m really pleased  with what he’s done for Belgium  too, because that’s probably the  most competitive squad you can  have," Martinez continued.

"Kevin is developing and getting real admiration within the  Belgian camp and is already very important to Everton.

"But his best is still to come  in the years ahead, whatever he  is doing for us now."

The Spaniard also reserved praise for Seamus Coleman, who was given the captain's armband for the Republic of Ireland's recent win over Kazakhstan.

"It’s really important to have many  leaders in your squad as that is the core  of the dressing room,” he explained.

"You need to set strong values and  strong directions. We have many players who can do that. You can never have  enough captains in your squad. Experience is a huge word in football. It’s a big advantage.

"But we even have youngsters who  have what it is needed to become a leader and a captain. I’m really pleased with  the amount of senior responsible figures we have.

"They represent the football club in a terrific manner and are ambassadors. You need these sort of figures to be successful."