Mirallas leaves Everton for Antwerp

Friday, 30 August, 2019 110comments  |  Jump to last

Kevin Mirallas has joined Royal Antwerp in a permanent deal, ending a seven-year association with Everton.

The former Belgium international was signed for the Blues by David Moyes in 2012 for a little over £6m, beating off competition from Arsenal.

He made a quick impact at Goodison Park but his form would peak and trough over the course of his time in England and he has struggled to find a place in the squad at all in recent seasons.

It was somewhat surprising, therefore, that he was awarded a new contract in 2017, one that he signed and would have kept him at Everton until next summer if he had stayed.

He rejoined his former club Olympiakos on loan last year, a move that was abruptly cut short and he also spent a period at Fiorentina last season but did not do enough to convince La Viola that he was worthy of a permanent transfer.

Speculation that the 31-year-old was seeking a move back to Belgium this summer and that he would reduce his wage demands to make it happen has mounted this month and he has, indeed, secured a transfer that will allow him to play in the Belgian league for the first time in his career.

He has signed a one-year deal with Antwerp having played 186 times for Everton and scored 28 goals.

Meanwhile, Sky Sports report that Yannick Bolasie has turned down a loan move to CSKA Moscow but is still expected to move somewhere before the European transfer deadline.

 

Reader Comments (110)

Note: the following content is not moderated or vetted by the site owners at the time of submission. Comments are the responsibility of the poster. Disclaimer


Stephen Brown
1 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:03:56
Stayed too long but the first 4 years I’d say he had a decent Everton career with some truly first class goals!

Penalty incident with Baines probably the turning point!

It’ll be interesting what his views on Everton are ?!

Neil Bowman
2 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:13:16
Best for everyone. Watched some real class performances from him in his early years but didnt seem to be a team player and that didn't do well for him. Was always one of the best names to chant at away games tho. : )
Joe McMahon
3 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:17:22
Maybe we could have used him more in the early years, I dunno. The gold Bentley was a bit to Chavy though.
Les Moorcroft
4 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:17:36
It became all about him. Don't think the lad new how lucky he was to be at Everton. Good luck but won't be missed.
Sam Barrett
5 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:22:39
Slag him off all you want, but in my eyes, when 90% of our players wilted against the rs, Mirallas always put in 100%
Bob Parrington
6 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:24:53
Good decision for both the player and the club. Great talent gone to seed after the first few seasons. Was it the money or just an inborn attitude problem? Some can, some can't stand the heat in the kitchen.

Regardless, I wish him good luck for the future.

Steve Carse
7 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:25:45
Why Silva involved him so much (indeed at all!) in the pre-season friendlies is anyone's guess.
Mick Davies
8 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:27:29
I thought his best days were the Martinez first season (along with Barkley, Coleman, McCarthy, Lukaku and Barry). Been here too long for someone who had no interest in our club
Fran Mitchell
9 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:28:20
Shame it went sour, and was high time he left.

But yes, when he first arrived I thought he looked absolutely brilliant.

We all thought he'd be our Ronaldo. And to this day I believe that if Suarez hadn't crocked him, we would have won that derby, and even won silverware that year.

So all in all, that injury really screwed him and us. But he scored some great goals, was one of the most exciting players for the best league performing Everton teams in his first couple of seasons.

Then he lost it.

Les Moorcroft
10 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:32:52
Sam 5. Dont think that's slaging him off just the truth. More games a season than the Darby.
Sam Barrett
11 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:39:04
Les@10
Obviously know that mate but for all his (or any other players) failings, give me a player who gives a 100% and shows he cares against them and that’s a player who I will back 100% myself
Stan Schofield
12 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:44:37
Always thought Mirallis a class player. Things went a bit haywire when Everton went haywire under Martinez, Mirallis being caught up in a dysfunctional setup. A player like him needed, IMO, good organisation and discipline to get the most out of him, but of course Everton seldom supplied that in recent years.

I always remember when we had to play Leicester after they'd clinched the title and we were in disarray. Mirallis scored a class solo goal which to me illustrated the talent we had in the squad which was squandered through lack of organisation.

I wish him the best of luck.

Sam Hoare
13 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:51:29
In his best season for us (13/14) he got 9 goals and 7 assists in 28 matches. I’d be delighted if any of our wingers matched that this year.

Was still contributing goals and assists fairly regularly until Koeman arrived and has been out of favour since. A very decent attacker in his day and strange/unfortunate that when he should have been at his peak he seemed less consistent though maybe that’s due to change in management and approach.

More wages off the books. Think our overall wages this year will be a good chunk less than last year if we can shift Bolasie too.

Mick Conalty
14 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:52:59
He's gone. 😀😀😀
Danny Broderick
15 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:59:06
He was a good player for the first few years, but he has seemed to get progressively worse over the last 3/4 years. Who knows what has been going on? He’s had kids - has that taken his focus off his football? Can he no longer be bothered after signing his last mega bucks contract? In any case, it was time for him to go. Sad we didn’t get a fee, but at least he’s off the wage bill...
Iakovos Iasonidis
16 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:02:35
In his prime he was really good. I was negative biased because of his olympiakos past (THE TEAM I HATE THE MOST IN THE WHOLE WORLD) but the lad had football class when fit. His decline was rapid but I would still pick him above walcott.
James Flynn
17 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:23:57
1. Scoring in the Europa off a long pass from Gibson.

2. Giving it back to Suarez first chance he got.

3. The 3-0 "Arteta goal" win over Arsenal.

Given his quickness, pace, and skill fits an old baseball saying about unfulfilled promise, "He shoulda been good, but he aint."

And kudos to Brand for getting him off the books.

Jamie Evans
18 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:24:20
Fran @ 9, I remember the Suarez challenge. I also remember Mirallas’ retribution for which, unbelievably, he was only shown a yellow.

Trying to kick racism out of football, was the joke at the time.

Good luck Kevin but more importantly, good luck Antwerp.

James Flynn
19 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:26:22
If Bolasie goes too, will be a fine end to this last Window.
Andy Crooks
20 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:29:26
Good player some times. Disgrace to the shirt sometimes. Made loads with limited ability and effort. Glad he's gone. I often like to see how our former players get on. Not with this specimen.
Joe McMahon
21 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:37:14
Sam @13, last season that's more than any of our actual official strikers got.
Steve Hogan
22 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:39:55
Sorry but good riddance. Extremely fortunate to have made (stole) a living out of football. Others less talented in lower divisions are struggling on £350-£400 a week, but much better attitudes.

The fact he consistently flunked at ALL the other clubs he was loaned out to, says a lot about him. Absolutely stupid of the club to extend his contract recently (I presume on better terms).

I will probably still be working when he is working out how he will spend the millions he must have stashed away.

Chris Leyland
23 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:41:54
very harsh Andy that, calling him a specimen.
Shane Corcoran
24 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:42:40
This is short on details. He's taking a pay cut it seems so fair play to him but we must've got next to nothing for him, which is also fair enough.
Martin Mason
25 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:54:28
Oh what a shame, a total waste of space and an oxygen thief. Overall, for me, possibly amongst the bottom 10 players ever to be signed by the club. The penalty incident was his highlight.
Dan Parker
26 Posted 30/08/2019 at 21:04:15
Fitting he’s joined ‘Twerp!
Derek Knox
27 Posted 30/08/2019 at 21:21:04
I was made up when we first got him on board, and he had a great start and a source of goals, but as has been mentioned he became more important (in his own head) than his employer.

Another in a longish list of players who had talent, but preferred the trappings that the wages provided, to massage his ever growing ego.

Bye Kevin.

Hugh Jenkins
28 Posted 30/08/2019 at 21:39:20
Not sorry to see him go - but this transfer has certainly come out of the blue as far as I am aware. Not a murmur of a rumour anywhere before today?
Mark Pringle
29 Posted 30/08/2019 at 21:41:52
Always remember his performance in the Derby before he got injured by the rat and his solo goal at White Hart Lane. That said his departure is well overdue, more wages back in the pot. Been a good window so far.
Peter Mills
30 Posted 30/08/2019 at 21:47:44
He’s earned a great deal of money for doing not very much.
Richard Pike
31 Posted 30/08/2019 at 21:52:04
Bottom 10, Martin (25)? Really? You too young to remember the 90's?

This lad could play if he really wanted to, e.g. that derby and West Ham away in the FA Cup when the shootout went on for a fortnight before Robles missed. He just didn't want to any more and it showed. There must have been a time when he did because he was instrumental in talking Lukaku into joining on loan, I seem to recall.

Tom Bowers
32 Posted 30/08/2019 at 22:09:32
Good luck to the guy. Did peak for a short while when Rom. was also doing well but then his performances were less than moderate much like we were getting from others like Walcott and Bolasie.
We need more consistency from the offensive guys if we are to climb the table.
Andy Crooks
33 Posted 30/08/2019 at 22:17:33
Richard "if he really wanted to", why would he not?. Some good moments but in my view he was utterly toxic. I am with Martin Mason on this. An utter disgrace to the shirt. He scrounged millions of our club. I wish most of our ex players the best of luck. Not this one.
Richard Pike
34 Posted 30/08/2019 at 22:27:23
Don't know, Andy. Some people are just always like that, some become like it over time, some start out that way and grow out of it. Mirallas is far from being the only footballer it's afflicted.
Raymond Fox
35 Posted 30/08/2019 at 22:33:31
About time, Mirallas had ability there's no doubt but he chose to use it only occasionally.
He wasted his talent and will regret it when he retires.

Chris Leyland
36 Posted 30/08/2019 at 23:18:12
Frankly it is ridiculous to rank him in the worst ten signings of all time. Here are 20 worse signings in the last 20 or so years off the top of my head (in no particular order):
Claus Thomson
Tony Thomas
David Ginola
Stephen Hughes
Anthony Gardener
Andy Van De Meyde
Royston Drenthe
Lacina Traore
Bilyaletdinov
Phillipe Senedros
John Spencer
Segundo Castillo
Lars Jacobsen
Simon davies
Per Kroldup
Li Wei feng
Tobias Linderoth
Mitch Ward
Bakayoko
Danny Williamson

Derek Thomas
37 Posted 30/08/2019 at 23:19:34
Was flying until Suarez did him, then the odd peak not withstanding, it was all down hill..

Fairplay to him in getting Suarez back, but even that was rashly done. He would've got a straight red except for the rs physio coming on and actually telling the Reff...red card Reff gotta be a red card that. You could see the thoughts go through the Reffs mind...shit I can't send him off now this dickhead is on record telling me to.

Strangley enough, the BBC cut that bit out of later transmissions of the incident. Obviously because it showed the rs in a bad light...you don't think so...try and find it, you might get luck. Look from 31mins and watch the official sky clock jump 12 secs.

Anyway, super kev; coming on and getting sent straight off, the penalty thing, the training ground thing, the whole gold bentley thing.

Koeman giving him a new deal, there must've been a move in the pipeline and we did it to up the fee. Everton that.

Takes a pay cut on a 1 year deal but no doubt gets somebody to organise and pay for his move back to Belgium

Coulda been a contender, shoulda gone 3 yrs ago. Won't be missed.

Keep kicking 'em out Brands, not many left now?

Mike Keating
38 Posted 30/08/2019 at 23:36:02
Chris @ 36
How did Bilic escape your list?
Richard Pike
39 Posted 30/08/2019 at 23:44:14
Chris (36): some of them were only on loan.
Chris Leyland
40 Posted 30/08/2019 at 23:45:17
Mike @38 good point. I also forgot Antolin Alcaraz
Don Alexander
41 Posted 30/08/2019 at 23:56:34
Chris, maybe there's one bloke linked to all those atrocious signings as he waited for personal wealth to be delivered to him, whilst the global standing of Everton perished in the meantime.
Kunal Desai
42 Posted 30/08/2019 at 23:58:27
Good. Another fucking waster of the wage bill.
Tommy Surgenor
43 Posted 30/08/2019 at 23:59:12
I think he still offers more than Walcott.
Andy Crooks
44 Posted 30/08/2019 at 00:01:01
Don, got to hand it to you. I have no time for Kenwright, none at all. I can relax, though, safe in the knowledge that someone else is taking care of the problem.
Andy Crooks
45 Posted 31/08/2019 at 00:03:08
Kunal, succinct and, well, succinct. Accurate, too.
Don Alexander
46 Posted 30/08/2019 at 00:09:15
Kunai, nail on head, well said.

The tosser who extended his contract needs the bullet too. I wish.

Mike Gaynes
47 Posted 31/08/2019 at 00:11:15
The first game I ever saw at Goodison -- April 2017 -- he was still Super Kev... MotM with two assists, the first just 32 seconds in. I will always have a fond memory of him for that. If that alone.

Chris #36, I thought Segundo Castillo was pretty damn good.

Si Smith
48 Posted 31/08/2019 at 00:19:01
Miralas going is best for the club and the player, over the past 2 years he has been useless to the club. That said he has been a good servant to the club, signed for just £6m he cant go down as a bad signing, I just always felt Kev was a player who had so much more to give, almost a wasted talent.
Stephen Davies
49 Posted 31/08/2019 at 00:31:06
Richard #31
He was terrific in that Cup tie away at WHU.
McGready had bern sent off and we were down to 10 men.
I cant remember if he scored but he was certainly involved in the equaliser.
He could play when he wanted to but that was at best sporadic.
Don Alexander
50 Posted 31/08/2019 at 00:38:06
Andy, the fucker's now been re-integrated to the board according to Everton. I despair. For twenty years he's overseen our demise but now he's being "re-integrated" to the board? What the fuck is going on in Moshiri's head?

That's a genuine question from a despairing 64 year-old fan.

A genuine answer from Mr Moshiri would be most welcome on Kenwright's perceived virtues.

To me they're provenly non-existent.

Don Alexander
51 Posted 31/08/2019 at 00:54:19
Mirallas, according to some a real player (sigh), what with that game, and this game where he put in a performance, that being all the evidence needed for them.

Liverpool had their version of Mirallas decades ago. He was called Fairclough, wham-bam-thankyouMam once or twice (and boy do their fans still revere him) whilst in the real world he was fucking useless and they soon got rid, at a hefty profit to them. He died as a player thereafter.

That's what professional clubs do, but Kenwright's never realised that basic concept. He gives duffers contract extensions. Sigh.

Richard Pike
52 Posted 31/08/2019 at 00:57:39
Stephen (49): IIRC he scored a free-kick (that part I'm certain of) to make it 1-1 in normal time and set up Lukaku for a tap-in in extra time with a proper left-winger's dribbly jinking run that Pat Nevin would have drooled over. And I'd completely forgotten about McGeady's red card in that game, that's how much Mirallas made it all about him.
Jack Convery
53 Posted 31/08/2019 at 01:38:07
His problem was his ego. He thought he was Hazard, which of course he wasn't. He started well and unfortunately for us and him, his good games weren't often enough. His last 3 seasons have been wasted, unless he's got some kind of problem we are unaware of. His actions sometimes have been bizarre as with the penalty incident - what was he thinking - I await the book to find that out and there will be one he has the ego to do one. The name of the Club he has gone to is very apt as for the past couple of seasons he's acted like atwerp. Good luck Kev but it could have been so much better.
Mike Gaynes
54 Posted 31/08/2019 at 01:41:51
Andy, mate, don't encourage the obsession.

Unless you want to read 4-5 more versions of the same post.

Mike Corcoran
55 Posted 31/08/2019 at 02:55:26
Cmon those first couple years versus what Walcott has given? Good luck Kev
Jay Harris
56 Posted 31/08/2019 at 04:20:23
I will never forget Mirallas turning Liverpool inside out until Suarez tried to do his Achilles. That was one of the best performances by an Everton player I have watched in recent times. He was also capable of goalscoring unfortunately with constantly changing managers, tactics and backroom staff he seemed to have lost his way.

I certainly wish him well.

Paul Birmingham
57 Posted 31/08/2019 at 06:56:54
A case of never realising what he had and could have made if he had been managed properly.

Ronald’s stinct was the beginning of the end and his transfershould have happened three years.

One day he may realise what he’s missed. Scored some great goals and offensively on his day better than Theo.

Another saga of what if, is closed at Goodison Park, and Marcel, is being ruthless and bringing reality into the club.

Now for Bolasie to be offloaded. Well done Marcel Brands and now for victory v Wolves whom I expect to be fired up after beating Torino.

Duncan McDine
58 Posted 31/08/2019 at 07:05:29
“Antwerp?... isn’t that where diamonds are from?” (Name that film).

Our Kev was a real diamond at times, but not often enough, and as others mention, the penalty fiasco was the final nail in the coffin.

Tom Dodds
59 Posted 31/08/2019 at 07:10:11
I’d of wished him well 3 years ago,when he was a player that at least tried,but this multi millionaired ‘Lad’ with the attitude of a pampered spoilt bastard facade,who just uncaringly sat out on different club’s benches on more money a week than most of the countrys richest chairmen for the last 3 years can go fuck himself.

He should be chained to the door of a food bank for 6 days a week for the next 3 years.

Of course it was the Greatest Blue on the planet for the rest of time (and beyond)that put him there.

Sam Hoare
60 Posted 31/08/2019 at 07:39:07
Nowhere near bottom 10 signings in my book. If you exclude the last two season when he was garbage then he scored about 35 goals over about 135 games for us. That’s better than 1 in 4 which is pretty decent for a winger with a lot of assists as well. He had a couple of really excellent seasons and was exciting to watch at that time. Things just went very downhill at the end but he gave us some great moments. If he’d have left three years ago I think many would have clapped him off. Stayed too long while picking up high wages for doing little.
Martin Berry
61 Posted 31/08/2019 at 08:57:02
Talented enigma whose attitude seemed to boil over at times.
You were never sure if or when he was going to put it all in, nevertheless I wish him and success well at Antwerp.
Geoff Lambert
62 Posted 31/08/2019 at 09:09:10
Wish him well was a class above for a few seasons then dropped like a stone. Would still score more than our present first choice strikers if he was in the team now. The Baines pen was nail in coffin time.
Chris Leyland
63 Posted 31/08/2019 at 09:21:27
I’ve slept on it and here’s a few more worse signings than Mirallas:

Aidan McGeady
Theo Walcott
Davvy Klaassen
Sandro Rameirez
John O’Kane
Darron Gibson
Cucco Martina
James Beattie
Alex Nyarko
Lars Jacobsen
Bakayoko
Simonsen

Joe McMahon
64 Posted 31/08/2019 at 09:55:08
Chris off the top of my head, Simon Davies, Kevin Kilbane. Many strikers have struggled at Everton also but have done better at other clubs, such as Andy Johnson. Usually found chasing a ball near the corner flag.

Nyarko and Beattie were not bad players at all, and would have done better in more attacking formations. Martina was a free transfer mainly played out of position.

Martin Mason
65 Posted 31/08/2019 at 10:55:20
Sam, not for ability which he had and wasted. More for attitude.
Mike Kehoe
67 Posted 31/08/2019 at 11:30:05
Here is my Premier League era (error?) All-Star Bellend 11, featuring wasters, imbeciles and narcissists:

GK: Steve Simonsen (just rubbish)

RB: Mitch Ward (more of a wing-back but useless going forward and toothless in the tackle)

CB: Per Krøldrup (played next to Agger – did our scouts not notice the adjacent Mercedes and opted instead for the Lada Riva?)

CB: Antolin Alcaraz (of neither use nor ornament)

LB: Cocu Martina (not his natural position but seriously, has anybody ever witnessed a more hapless and error-prone individual?)

CM: Morgan Schneiderlin (I will never forgive the abysmal performances, the treachery he displayed under Unsworth and the heroic levels of apathy. He could score a hat trick at the kop end and find a cure for cancer and I would still consider him a twat. Gobshite)

CM: Davy Klaassen (utterly, almost comically inept)

RW: Andy van der Meyde (pisshead)

LW: Kevin Mirallas (never mind the gold Bentley and the Baines penalty, this lad had massive ability but an inflated ego and a poor attitude: like Ferguson, capable of making the incredible seem mundane but losing himself in his own legend and other distractions)

CF: Brett Angel (Surely there has never been a more incompetent forward since Bernie the Bolt)

CF: Stuart Barlow (cruelly but accurately labelled jigsaw as he goes to bits in the box, eventually found his level at Tranmere)

Subs:

CF: Ibrahima Bakayoko
LW: Aiden McGeady
CM: Danny Williamson
CB: Eliaquim Mangala (big girls blouse)
GK: Jason Kearton (couldn't catch a cold)

Managed, of course, by Sam Allardyce and accompanied by the grotesque Sammy Lee.

Chairman: Boys Pen Bill.

Commentary by Carragher and Ferdinand with in-depth analysis from Owen.

Jerome Shields
68 Posted 31/08/2019 at 11:47:42
I agree, Mirallas was excellent at the start, but seemed to be affected by all the changes and cock-ups. Should have looked out a lot earlier and looked after his career. Paid the price with the loss of the best years of his career.

Good luck to him at his new club.

David Donnellan
69 Posted 31/08/2019 at 11:55:59
Great player when he first joined us, scored some wonderful goals. Solo efforts against Stoke & Spurs are two that I remember.

I truly believe he was never the same after that cowardly challenge from that horrible racist ratbag shithouse. Obviously none of this excuses the shitty attitude he developed at the club & in the end he alienated himself from a lot of fans.

I will remember the good times & say all the best!

Mick Conalty
70 Posted 31/08/2019 at 12:05:45
Would love to have a peak at his bank balance. Everton RFF (Rewards for Failure). Please see Bill Kenwright head of RFF department for more information.
Len Hawkins
71 Posted 31/08/2019 at 12:34:15
He was a Legend in his own lunchtime.
Derek Knox
72 Posted 31/08/2019 at 13:17:00
Mick @ 70, we would probably be shocked, not so much by his Bank Balance but his expenditure in general, Gold Bentleys etc.

Let's put it this way mate, he will never have to sign on!

This is only one that has been highlighted recently, how many others have their been stealing a living and still are in many cases?

People living normal lives and saving etc, spending a good portion to support the team home and away, and you get the likes of Mirallas, it does make you wonder!

Winston Williamson
73 Posted 31/08/2019 at 13:17:03
Liked Mirallas, good player under Moyes, where he played in an organised and disciplined team.

Walcott is the 53rd highest all-time scorer in the PL era. Sigurdsson is 73rd.

Leighton Baines is the 17th highest all-time assist maker in the PL era. Context - he's assisted more than Hazard.

We also have 7 out of the top 20 youngest goal scorers in the PL era...

Not sure what I'm getting at, just found it interesting...

Tony Hill
74 Posted 31/08/2019 at 13:30:02
He was a legend in his own opinion, Len @71. Much more damaging.
Steven Astley
75 Posted 31/08/2019 at 13:31:05
Yet again the ToffeeWebbers never cease to amaze me. Slag him off all you want.

One of the most skillful, technical and exciting players to grace our club in the last 10 years and probably should have been given another chance.

Colin Glassar
76 Posted 31/08/2019 at 14:15:49
The Twerp has left! Disliked him ever since that penalty miss. Waste of talent, and wages imo.
Paul Ward
77 Posted 31/08/2019 at 14:53:35
It's a pity he didn't take his mate Scheiderlln with him.
Paul McCoy
78 Posted 31/08/2019 at 14:59:16
He should never have been given a contract extension, but I'll always admire him tiny bit for playing as part of the front 3 that destroyed Arsenal at Goodison during Martinez's first season.

Only played when he wanted to though, sadly.

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

79 Posted 31/08/2019 at 15:29:06
Well I liked Kevin Mirallas the player and the person. In interviews, he always had a twinkle in his eye and would make a playful comment.

What the colour or make of his car has to do with any evaluation of the man is meaningless to me.

In his early years with us he was excellent, technically, creatively and with his finishing. Often he was the only one who could threaten the opposition with his pace. He scored and created some excellent goals for us.

The penalty debacle v WBA was as much a failure of management and senior players as the player himself: Martinez on the sideline and Jags and Baines onfield. I don't excuse Mirallas for that incident, but there were mitigating circumstances at the time: a close playing mate of both Mirallas and Lukaku died way too young that week and it was Mirallas' attempt to score in tribute to him.

Again, no excuse, but who - hand on heart - can say they have never commited to an act or said words swayed by emotion that were better not done or said?

Where the club (NOT the player) got it seriously wrong was to offer Kevin a lengthy extended contract in the summer before Martinez's final season with us...and then be TOTALLY ignored and underused by the manager, even when results and performances were abysmal.

Given how marginalized he subsequent became under successive managers who preferred to loan him out rather than utilize him, he is a player that clearly, in retrospect, needed to be moved on three years ago rather than be given the lengthy contract extension he was. I'm glad he is finally off our books.

But placing him in a list of the club's top 10 wasters and bad signings as some in this thread have chosen to do is hyperbole of the highest order.

Dominic Tonge
80 Posted 31/08/2019 at 15:30:04
The lad got ruined by Suarez. The injury that he suffered in the derby, a game which he was absolutely running by the way, changed the trajectory of his Everton career. He had scored some good goals, had some decent games, and was in good form, if not a tad inconsistent.

He was never the same after that injury, he had lost a yard of pace, his fitness seemed to suffer, he collected niggling injury after niggling injury. He also seemed frustrated, and who wouldn't be, imagine being a pro, and having to go to work every day knowing that you wouldn't be able to reach your potential.

Now before I get called for being some bleeding heart, I am well aware that a gold Bentley, a massive house, a fit missus and the £70-odd grand a week probably softened the blow.

He made the fatal mistake of taking the penalty away from Baines, and then missing. Although, he'd lost a pal recently and I'm pretty sure both he and his Belgian compatriot would have been showing off a tribute T-shirt dedicated to him had either of them scored. That mistake, coupled with his public declaration of his need to play champions league basically sealed his fate.

I wish him well, but I won't shed any tears, I do think it's a shame however that one diabolical moment put paid to a good deal of potential.

Tony Hill
81 Posted 31/08/2019 at 15:41:12
Dominic, @80, despite my flip comment above, there's a great deal of truth in what you say. I think it was a turning point for the "early Mirallas" and, in fact, yet another setback for the team, quite deliberately engineered by the RS. I'm starting to get annoyed just in remembering that shitty piece of work by the Rat, so emblematic of everything he and they stand for.

Mirallas was indeed running the game, and that could not be allowed to continue.

James Hughes
82 Posted 31/08/2019 at 16:02:49
Speaking of ex players, looking at the BBC live game thread and a comment from a Chelski fan -

Barklay would be a great player if he didn't give the ball away every two minutes,

Yes mate, we know.

Loko Sanchez
83 Posted 31/08/2019 at 16:05:03
All this “He can play when he wanted to” is nonsense. All players have spurts of brilliance. Players like Kevin and Oumar are living proofs. All the best to Kevin. For what it’s worth, you did entertain us with your magic.
Ray Roche
84 Posted 31/08/2019 at 16:18:10
Kenny has just scored a cracker for Schalke who lead Berlin 3-0
Joe McMahon
85 Posted 31/08/2019 at 16:24:46
When it comes to 110% waste of space made a fortune out of Everton prize, surely Darren Gibson it is. Injury prone when purchased, hardly ever played (suprise -suprise due to injury) 50 appeareances over 5 years with just 2 goals.

Not only did everyones fave manager Moyes buy him, he even took him to Sunderland, along with other Everton great Victor Anichebe. And then we wonder why Sunderland were relegated, when Advocaat and Big Sam kept them up. Comedy Gold.

Mike Gaynes
86 Posted 31/08/2019 at 16:26:46
Where are you watching that, Ray?
Francis van Lierop
87 Posted 31/08/2019 at 16:43:45
I didn't mind him, till that penalty incident.
Unforgiveable. & Good riddance.

He's off to Antwerp, a club with a story.
My local club, AZ Alkmaar played them in the Europa League preliminaries. The home match was 1-1, played in Enschede (a part of AZ's stadium roof collapsed.., luckily not during a match)
The return match was played in Brussels.
Antwerp took the lead, and looked the better team, but then Dieumerci Mbokani (ex- Norwich & Hull) lost his cool, and got sent off with a second yellow, as did another Antwerp player minutes later.
Against 9 men AZ equalized in the 90th minute.
In extra-time they scored 3 more, to win 1-4.

I did learn some things about the club though.
As a city, Antwerp is the richest in Belgium, due to the docks and the diamonds. (& going out there is fun too!)
Some rich bloke has invested heavily in the club (4th in the league), they are very ambitious, so getting knocked out will come as a blow.
To be continued, I guess.

Ray Roche
88 Posted 31/08/2019 at 16:44:59
It’s a Dutch channel Mike. I’ve gone back to the Premier League now mate.
Mike Gaynes
89 Posted 31/08/2019 at 16:47:28
Zouma OG just cost Chelsea two points. Nice of him.
Ray Roche
90 Posted 31/08/2019 at 16:50:18
Mike, I didn’t see a lot of the game but Kenny was doing well before his 85th minute strike. An excellent goal.
Mike Gaynes
91 Posted 31/08/2019 at 16:52:25
That's great, Ray. I will look up the highlights online later. Delighted he's doing so well. Thanks for the report!
Ray Roche
92 Posted 31/08/2019 at 16:57:09
Mike, there’s an interview somewhere online, he’s happy there and has performed well despite giving a penalty away in his second(I think) game. Loves the fans there.
Ray Roche
93 Posted 31/08/2019 at 17:11:23
Mike, scroll down their twitter account (below) for a view of his goal.

https://twitter.com/s04_en

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

94 Posted 31/08/2019 at 17:12:59
Kenny coughed up a penalty last week in the 3-0 home loss to Bayern Munich, but otherwise played well. I watched the entire game live.

On his debut I looked up some Schalke fan forums. No criticism. Only praise. Even likened to a young Lahm by one supporter.

I'll try and find highlights of today's game to see his strike. His first in senior club football, if I'm not mistaken.

Ray Roche
95 Posted 31/08/2019 at 17:13:52
Jay have a look at the link I've posted. Good goal.
Mike Gaynes
96 Posted 31/08/2019 at 17:21:32
Unfortunately it won't show me the video in the US, but thanks, Ray. Note there says he's the first English player ever to score for Schalke.
Jay Wood
[BRZ]

97 Posted 31/08/2019 at 17:29:01
Thanks Ray, but same for me as Mike Gaynes. Won't play for me here in Brazil. Fired up my VPN and it still won't play. It'll appear somewhere later, I'm sure. Sounds a good hit from the description.
Ray Roche
98 Posted 31/08/2019 at 17:29:36
Mike it might be on YouTube somewhere, but trust me, it's good strike, a “Daisy Cutter” as we call them.
Kieran Kinsella
99 Posted 31/08/2019 at 18:07:38
Kenny came straight into the team which shows they rate him and he wasn’t just a punt on a squad filler.
Jay Wood
[BRZ]

100 Posted 31/08/2019 at 18:16:36
Here yer go boys! 7-8 minute highlights (with a spattering of irritating ads to skip).

Link

Some laughable Hertha Berlin defender, but watch out for Kenny's part in the first goal - good positioning, control, awareness and pass in behind the Hertha defence to create the opening - as well as his excellent strike.

Note his technique. He deliberately halts his follow through on his shot. This ensures power behind the shot AND ensures the ball stays down and is a grass cutter as Ray describes. Anything else and he doesn't score as precisely as he does through a crowd of players.

Excellent effort by JJK.

Francis van Lierop
102 Posted 31/08/2019 at 19:01:27
On the subject of German teams, RB Leipzig won again, 1-3 against Mönchengladbach, that's 9 points from 3 games.

Ademola Lookman, however, was an unused sub.

Liam Reilly
103 Posted 31/08/2019 at 19:05:24
Lovely strike from Kenny in those highlights Jay. Good luck to him this season.

Dunno why they add adverts to those clips; cause no-one watches them. Anyway, I'm off to get some Coca Coffee.

Ian Riley
104 Posted 31/08/2019 at 23:03:16
Stayed too long. Last of the few of the Moyes era.

Good luck.

Kevin Dyer
105 Posted 01/09/2019 at 00:45:44
Talented player, able to scare defenders when on it. Pace, could travel with the ball, cracking shot. Negatives: always looking for that shot, lacked awareness of teammates being in better positions, defensively slack, rash tackles.

Strangely dropped by Martinez then talked into resigning, then not played. Koeman then bizarrely extends his contract and refuses to give him a league start 2nd season, despite us being shocking. Last chance under Unsworth at Leicester he's our most dangerous player but DU bottles it and hauls him off at half-time. Think he got messed around somewhat tbh and lost focus.

Should have been sold in Martinez's 3rd season and certainly in the summer of 2016. I remember when we offered him a new contract the following year talk on here of "protecting his value". Didn't make a lot of sense to me at the time, I have to say.

Hope he finishes his career with a flourish back home. Zero hard feelings from me. Nobody made the club offer him big wages and he always gave it a go and tried to make something happen. The penalty thing with Baines was kind of stupid but he was always hot-headed. Hardly makes me despise the fella. Besides, Baines was weak letting him take the ball off him.

Justin Doone
106 Posted 01/09/2019 at 16:18:23
I'm a Mirallis fan. A player with good technical ability that wanted to get forward and was not afraid to shoot.

He wasn't as good as he thought he was but playing or competing with Pienaar, Osman, Barkley and some dreadful players I won't mention I can understand why he took the opportunity to shoot rather than pass to a 'lessor striker'.

He'd have been good in the Championship, maybe a loan their would have sorted out him out but instead club or agent decided the Turkish league would be better.

Thanks for the memories, a much needed attacking threat when we were simply a defensive unit.

He's no worse than Bernard other than lacked a bit defensively but was more a threat going forward.

In today's team he may have flourished so I'll simply wish him luck.

Denis Richardson
107 Posted 02/09/2019 at 13:18:20
A great player when on form but sadly too inconsistent.

I wonder if we'll ever find out why he was given a new contract in 2017. Speculation is that Everton didn't want him to leave on a free and were expecting to sell him for a fee once he'd signed – if true, that backfired spectacularly!

I wish him well – end of the day the club offered him the new contract when they should have let him go (and save a few million in wages!).

I was always a fan of his as he was one of the very few players who dared to shoot when more than 5 yards from goal!

Peter Thistle
108 Posted 08/09/2019 at 20:38:54
He was cool as fuck for a while, scored some class goals, and was a buzz to watch. Then he got a gold Bentley and became more interested in posing, never one to dodge a camera opportunity. Don't think he loved Everton as much as he loved himself sadly.
Tony Abrahams
109 Posted 08/09/2019 at 20:44:30
He wasn't as good has he thought he was, but he probably didn't know how good he could have been, which is the saddest thing.

Too much money, but nowhere near enough application, who knows if he will have any real regrets about how good he could have been?

John McFarlane Snr
110 Posted 08/09/2019 at 21:47:58
Hi Tony [109] I'm afraid that Kevin Mirallas has made it into my top four frustrating players, joining Gary Jones, Peter Beagrie, and Ross Barkley. There's no doubt that each one was talented, but frustration was their strong point. It's a shame because each one of them could have been Goodison Idols.
Steve Ferns
111 Posted 10/09/2019 at 13:49:58
Question for someone in the know, but where are Oumar Niasse and Cuco Martina. It seems that both are still on our books. I've seen no sign of Martina at Everton in the various videos and I do not believe that he even has a squad number. Niasse seems like he was involved but I assume he disappeared when given the chance to move, but when nothing came to fruition, I presume he is set to re-join the first team squad. Niasse is supposition on my part, so I wonder if anyone else has confirmation. Martina, however, seems like he is being kept away on paid leave until his contract expires. Not bad work if you can get it!
Brian Harrison
112 Posted 10/09/2019 at 14:25:01
Steve

Like you I suppose seeing both didn't move in the window then they are both still on the payroll. The problem is that outside the top 6 Everton pay top money to players, so when they are considered not good enough its difficult to move them on. I assume both players have been told if they needed telling that they don't figure in Marcos plans but unlike Mirallas and Bolasie who were both told the same they haven't managed to find a club willing to take them.

Add Your Comments

In order to post a comment, you need to be logged in as a registered user of the site.

» Log in now

Or Sign up as a ToffeeWeb Member — it's free, takes just a few minutes and will allow you to post your comments on articles and Talking Points submissions across the site.


About these ads