David Moyes insists Kevin Mirallas has yet to reach top form, despite the Belgian’s gripping displays at Goodison over the last month.
Having hit goals in the home victories over Oldham and Reading, Mirallas once again showed his match-winning qualities to decide Everton's latest home fixture against Stoke City on Saturday.
And having now got a run of games under his belt, Moyes is confident that the former Olympiakos man will influence more matches in the Blues' favour during the run-in.
“Sometimes it can take a little bit of time for players like that to settle and I think there has been a little bit of time with him,” said Moyes.
“The opening games he did very well but got injured. He’s just beginning to find a little bit of form and look like the player he was at the beginning of the season.
“When he joined he looked as though he settled in quickly, and against Manchester City and today he showed signs that he is getting back to the way he was.
“He’s been out a long time with injury and he is just beginning to regain a bit of confidence.
“He’s different because he’s a sort of wide striker and bits of his game are different than what we’ve been used to.
“It’s going to take a bit of time for him to get completely used to Premier League football and Everton as well.”
Mirallas took his goals total for the season to six with his superb dribble and finish against the Potters – a classy example of why Moyes was so keen to lure the 24-year-old to Merseyside last summer.
“Against Stoke, because of how well they are organised, you are going to have to play really well to beat them or an individual player can make the difference,” added the Toffees boss.
“Today, when I saw Kevin pick it up in our own half, I thought ‘go on Kevin’ and then he got away from one [tackle]. Then it was one versus one and I said ‘come on, can you do it?’ and thankfully he got it past the goalkeeper.
“He’s got pace, ability and can play in two or three different positions. He was near enough the top goalscorer in Greece and so we know that he can score.
He’s a really good finisher and has given us a different type of forward. We need his goals because that’s what we bought him for.”