This January Kevin Mirallas can finally leave Everton after the 386th consecutive transfer window where he has been expected to transfer to some little Bosphorus (Vosporos/Boğaziçi) giant, but alas, hasn’t.
Like every other preceding transfer window in this decade, his former club Olympiacos/Olympiakos (I mean, pick one.. ‘C’ or ‘K’?!) are reportedly interested in bringing the prodigal Belgian son back home.
Additionally, another Mediterranean giant Galatasaray are supposedly passionate about adding a speedy chameleon to their ranks as they challenge for Super Lig dominance. Like Everton, they were slapped silly in the Europa League this season. Unlike Everton, they were knocked out in the second qualifying round by Östersunds FK, a wholly respectable if not average Swedish club, who actually did make it to the knockout round only to draw Arsenal in February.
This report comes from the Liverpool Echo, so draw from it whatever conclusions you should, while taking into earnest consideration that Mirallas has been constantly tipped to leave Everton, including even before he signed for the Blues.
As for what Everton lose should he leave.. well, nothing. He has always appeared to be a wantaway, but of course not to the level Romelu Lukaku desired an exit from Everton. That was a whole new level of waiting-for-the-next-episode-of-Stranger-Things desperation that Rom put us through.
There was also the matter of the strangely-timed and utterly-ridiculous three-year new contract at the club’s end of season ceremony the Dixies after last season’s 7th placed finish. Did anyone in the Board think that one through?
This season though, it got worse. Lackadaisical performances that got him dropped under Ronald Koeman were followed by training ground shenanigans (and associated denials) together with another piece of carry-on baggage in Morgan Schneiderlin.
While the midfielder slowly worked his way back into the good graces of Evertonians, Mirallas has not only been shunned by the fans but also I’ll-even-give-Klaassen-another-chance Sam Allardyce, who has not used him in a gameday squad of 18(!) since he took over. Not counting the Under-18s field trip to Cyprus of course, where he and the aforementioned Schneiderlin played chaperone to Everton’s next-next generation.
Seeya’ Kev, you end up leaving Everton wildly loved in short spells, interspersed with long periods of disinterested mediocrity. You could have been one of the Blue Legends, but it just wasn’t meant to happen.