Olympiakos have announced from their official Twitter account a deal for Kevin Mirallas from Everton. The winger openly talked about wanting a move to the Greek side in September and little time has been wasted in this winter window in seeing the move become official.
Since coming to Everton from this same Greek side Mirallas has contributed 33 goals and 22 assists in English Premier League and UEFA Europa League play. A very regular contributor last season under Ronald Koeman, his unhappiness in the offseason was a bit surprising but how sparingly he has been used by Everton’s three managers this campaign certainly sealed the deal on his departure.
With Nikola Vlasic, Ademola Lookman, and Aaron Lennon ready to step into his minutes, Yannick Bolasie back from injury, and Sandro Ramirez on the fringes, the on-the-field difference between an Everton with or without Kevin Mirallas will be negligible. Hopefully he finds a home for himself back in Athens and he certainly has the ability to do well here. A successful second half of the season in Greece will greatly bolster his ability to take part in the 2018 World Cup in Russia with an extremely talented Belgian side.
Mirallas has done very little to endear himself to the Everton faithful in recent months. His attitude in training, his public agitation for a move, and perceived low work rate are just not what a club wants from one of its players. We’ll find out soon if he was simply unhappy here or if he’s a troubled player looking to blame everyone else for his problems.
For me, I’m gonna watch this goal a couple of times, give a thought to what Mirallas could have been in a blue shirt, and honestly probably forget he exists until he puts in a high challenge this summer against Uruguay.
Thank you for your service to Everton, here's wishing you all the best.