Why Everton should offload Kevin Mirallas
Everton misfit Kevin Mirallas looks like he’s finally on the verge of leaving the club after a report from the Liverpool Echo. The Belgian has spent the last season out on loan with Olympiacos and Fiorentina and it’s for the best if Mirallas and Everton go separate ways.
When Everton signed Mirallas in the 2012 summer transfer window, he was poised for greatness. Comparisons were being drawn to Cristiano Ronaldo but he never applied himself to realize his potential. Managers often had a problem with his attitude and it’s unfortunate.
The Belgian has 60 caps for the national team and was a part of the highly-touted ‘golden generation’ of Belgian football but has gone under the shadow in recent years. He’s now 31 and it’s too late for him to be able to rediscover his form and have redemption of any sorts.
Mirallas is capable of playing in any of the forward positions, used to have a lot of pace and suited the physicality of English football because of his big frame. However, Everton have addressed their attacking depth by adding the likes of Moise Kean and Alex Iwobi to a line-up that already had Theo Walcott, Richarlison and Bernard.
Everton have a very new structure under director Marcel Brands with ambitious new owners and a manager with attacking philosophies in Marco Silva. Silva has got off to a decent start with an away draw in the first game of the season against Crystal Palace and a win last night at Goodison Park against his former side Watford.
Just as important as what happens on the pitch is what happens outside it and in the dressing room and getting rid of players, who are now considered to be deadwood will help cleanse the dressing room and make it a good environment to play football in. This is why it’s important that Silva is allowed to do his task in the best manner possible.
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He now has a fairly young squad with a lot of talented players and will need to use the momentum to get more points on the table. Everton have a good run of fixtures to start the season and Silva will need to use these fixtures to gain some momentum to build belief in the squad.
Everton it the back of their minds will be eyeing a Champions League spot but will be fairly content with a spot in the Europa League.