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by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

Kevin Mirallas insists compatriot Marouane Fellaini can only get better.

The 24-year-old was in imperious mood at Fulham last weekend as he struck twice to take his goal tally to five in nine league games.

An impressive haul, it marks the midfielder’s hottest scoring streak since he hit four in seven league games in his first season at Goodison Park following a Club-record move from Standard Liege.

That was the 2008/09 campaign and Mirallas feels his international teammate is now a greater influence than ever.

And, having experienced first-hand what has arguably been Fellaini’s brightest ever spell in a Blue shirt, he also senses the best is yet to come.

“We know he's a really vital player for us and let's hope this excellent form continues,” Mirallas said in an exclusive interview with evertontv. “When it comes to the big vital games he's always there and we can rely on him to come up with a big performance.

“You only had to look at his second goal at Fulham on Saturday - he basically made it and scored it all on his own. It was a fantastic effort.

“It's four years now that he's been here and I think in that time you can see how much he's come on as a player, he's really made good progress. He's about to turn 25, so I think he's still got plenty of chance to improve even more.”

Thanks to Fellaini’s contribution, Everton head into Saturday’s visit of Sunderland fourth in the Barclays Premier League table.

Despite that, Mirallas has been left frustrated by a run of four successive draws.

And, with a tricky trio of fixtures against Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham on the horizon, the Belgian says anything less than three points this weekend is simply unacceptable.
“I think if we want to hold on to our current spot in the league it's very important we convert these draws into wins and it's ultra important we get a win this weekend and get those three points against Sunderland,” he said.
“It's not been the best of runs in terms of points and certainly it makes Saturday's game a real must-win. We need to pick up the three points at all costs because after that we've got some difficult games, a tough run, and if we want to stay up there fighting at the top of the table these are the sort of games where we need to get all the points.”

To that end, the tricky winger intends to start making an even greater contribution of his own.

Though the 25-year-old has produced a notable string of assists and countless moments of quality, he has just one Premier League goal to his name to date - a number he hopes to build on significantly as the season progresses.

“I think at the moment I have more assists than I have goals,” said Mirallas, a 20-goal top scorer for Olympiakos last term.

“I’ve provided one or two decent passes for my colleagues to score, but at the same time I’m hoping to continue to improve in front of goal and I think 10 goals is a reasonable target for my first season.

“If I can manage 10 goals that would be decent.

“I'm fairly pleased with my own form as the season has progressed but the goal is always the same - to do as much as I can to help the team pick up points.”

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