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Mirallas heading back to Belgium

| Monday, 08 July 2019 37comments  |  Jump to last
Kevin Mirallas could be set to rejoin Standard Liege this summer, bringing an end to a seven-year association with Everton.

The Belgian forward spent last season on loan with Fiorentina but remains out of favour at Goodison Park and he is now in line to return to the club where he began his youth career.

Voetbal24 claim that the 31-year-old is in talks about a move to Standard and with just a year left on his current contract, it's possible that Everton would sanction a sale for a nominal fee and save on 12 months of wages.



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Brian Williams
1 Posted 08/07/2019 at 20:59:53
Is it possible we'd sanction a small fee?
I'd have a whipround in the Saddle to buy pay his fare ffs!
Les Moorcroft
2 Posted 08/07/2019 at 21:05:28
One down just a dozen to go.
Si Smith
3 Posted 08/07/2019 at 21:06:58
As above at 2.
Brian Williams
4 Posted 08/07/2019 at 21:16:40
*buy pay*?
I was so excited at the thought of getting rid my fingers went atcha!
Mike Gaynes
5 Posted 08/07/2019 at 21:25:24
Just imagine the excitement at Liege. The city must be electrified.
Richard Mason
6 Posted 08/07/2019 at 21:29:23
Last year of his contract, probably sent out on loan and then released next year.
Tony Abrahams
7 Posted 08/07/2019 at 21:39:02
He definitely could have been a contender, but rich beyond his wildest dreams, and this seems to have taken what little pride in his performance that he once had.
James Hughes
8 Posted 08/07/2019 at 21:42:09
Liege fans are not happy. They are saying their name is Standard not mediocre or can't be arsed Liege.
Rob Marsh
9 Posted 08/07/2019 at 22:08:20
What's the odds he tells us and Standard Liege to F*** Off?

How much is he paid for doing Zilcho? Unless Liege can match or come close to his pay (which I doubt), it makes no financial sense to move, especially since this coming year will be his last big pay packet.

How much does the average Liege player earn? Read this:
https://www.thebulletin.be/pro-footballers-belgium-earn-more-eu20000-month

What's he on now per week 50k 60k, 70k 80k ?

Mike Gaynes
10 Posted 08/07/2019 at 22:37:11
Rob, it's £70K per week.
Tommy Carter
11 Posted 08/07/2019 at 22:41:54
Should have been sold and never have played for the club again after the penalty vs West Brom. What’s he done since?
Bill Gienapp
12 Posted 08/07/2019 at 22:49:40
Remember when he was spouting off in the media about how much he loved Italy and how Fiorentina felt like home? Pity they didn't feel the same about him.
Rob Marsh
13 Posted 08/07/2019 at 22:52:21
Mike #10

Even if Liege were feeling generous and offered £100k per month to their returning son it still doesn't come close.

If we put our cynical business heads on, would either of us move knowing this is the last big pay out?

Best we can hope for is that he goes out on loan to a championship side and they pay £10k - £20k of his wages.

Paul Birmingham
14 Posted 08/07/2019 at 22:54:34
Time to cut the losses and offload, and move on.

Hopefully Standard Liege will take him, we save likely £3M in wages, money that could be used better elsewhere for Marcel Brands.

Rob Marsh
15 Posted 08/07/2019 at 23:02:19
Tommy # 11,

Yes, he should have been out the door that day and we might have covered his costs.

Here's another one who should have gone, remember when Anichebe got his 4 year £30k contract extension after proving season after season he couldn't hit the side of barn from 5 feet.

We've been a profitable home for no-hopers for far too long.

Rob Marsh
16 Posted 08/07/2019 at 23:08:00
Paul #14

For them to pay his £3m wage bill they would be paying 14 times their average salary.

Not going to happen.

Sam Hoare
17 Posted 08/07/2019 at 23:39:04
I presume the move would be a loan with us paying 50% of his wages. Similar to Sandro and probably Bolasie, Niasse, Martina, Tarashaj, Garbutt. We should be able to sell McCarthy, Besic and Pennington.
Rob Marsh
18 Posted 08/07/2019 at 23:45:54
Sam #17

I'd like to know the specifics of the loan agreements of the players you've mentioned.

I would be surprised if any of the loan clubs are paying 50% of the wages for any of that lot. We've been paying some silly salaries out.

Si Smith
19 Posted 08/07/2019 at 00:03:47
Big problem this with a lot of our unwanted players, we started to pay average players big money, Mirallas is average and £70k is big money. Same for Bolasie, Schneiderlin, Walcott, Williams, Martina, McCarthy, Sandro, Tosun, Niasse and so on.

Only us swallowing huge sums of money gets these fellas moved on and only keeping players around out of our youth squad keep us bulked up enough to play Premier League football.

Imo we should take literally anything for these players, give them there settlements and blood Davies, Lookman, Kenny, Dowell, Connolly, Holgate, Feeney and so on.

We already have a decent first team without all the lads mentioned in the top section, we could easily cope all season without them and with just a few signings as none of them played much anyway.

Pickford Lössl
Coleman Connolly
Keane Feeney
Mina Holgate
Digne Baines
Gana Baningime
Gomes Davies
Sigurdsson Dowell
Richarlison Lookman
Bernard (new signing)
Calvert-Lewin (new signing)

Still room for likes of Joe Williams, Lewis Gibson, and all the other kids to come through.

It may look thin, but there's many other players kicking around our squad like Besic who would give his all, plus there's the loan market.

I personally would swallow a season to get straight quick, imo, we would still finish top 10 and the wage bill would be slashed massively!!


Take into account we arent in Europe so total games will be in or around 45/50 and there's another transfer window in January.

Steavey Buckley
20 Posted 09/07/2019 at 01:42:25
Mirallas was a bargain when he first arrived but given a long contract by Martinez, reported to be £70,000 a week — not deserved.
Amit Vithlani
21 Posted 09/07/2019 at 05:01:16
I will believe this is happening if I find an Auto Trader advert with a Gold Bentley up for sale. low mileage, no scratches and occassionally tempermental.
James Ford
22 Posted 09/07/2019 at 05:16:17
Steavey #20. It wasn’t Martinez. It was Koeman and Walsh - a horrendous decision and I said so at the time.
Tommy Carter
23 Posted 09/07/2019 at 06:32:00
@15 Rob

At least Mirallas had ability. It was only seen in glimpses but it was there.

Anichebe on the other hand made a multi million pound living from Football despite the fact he couldn’t play it.

I was fortunate enough to see Everton training in the summer of 2005. There was a rigorous running session taking place. A mix of long distance and sprint work.

Astonishingly, Duncan Ferguson outdid pretty much everyone when it came to stamina and speed.

Anichebe looked like he was running with lead boots on. His stamina was a disgrace and his sprint work not much better. It looked as though they’d allowed a fan to join in. Moyes repeatedly singled him out for encouragement and support. Very good of the manager, he saw something in Anichebe. He continued to see something in him when nobody else could. Despite a poor injury record and generally abysmal performances. Technically he was very poor. He couldn’t hold up play very well for his size and had a poor injury record (Granted, he was injured horrifically by Kevin Nolan in 2009 which he did not deserve).

He was unorthodox. That’s the only positive thing I could say about his game. And he was rewarded handsomely for his efforts.

2 things struck me after Moyes left. 1) Martinez who is on record for preferring a target man type striker in his system got rid of Anichebe almost immediately.

2) Anichebe’s career was pretty much spent at the age of 30. He left us at age 25 and did absolutely nothing else in the game.

Pat Kelly
24 Posted 09/07/2019 at 07:38:21
So that explains the mile long queue of taxis outside Goodison this morning.
Francis van Lierop
25 Posted 09/07/2019 at 12:27:16
Tommy @ 11 : Spot on.
Rob Marsh
26 Posted 09/07/2019 at 13:24:05
Tommy #23

Lukaku was what Moyes hoped Anachibe would become and Drogba is what everyone of us hoped Lukaku would become.

Every so often a big and strong African turns up that lacks the technical side and coaches then often tend to bend over backwards in hope that they have a Drogba, but most often it never happens.

Anichebe is probably the best example of this ever, "All that glitters is not gold!".

Having said the above, It's always worth bending over backwards if you really do have a Drogba.

James Flynn
27 Posted 09/07/2019 at 15:47:53
Yeah, someone in the financial hierarchy fucked this one up.

Just short of his 30th birthday, gifted a 3-year deal at 70k per week. All to barely play under the new manager.

No club in Europe was going to offer him anything close to that contract. He simply wasn't worth it. Not talking hindsight. At the time, he wasn't worth it.

He must be still pinching himself every time the paycheck hits his account.


Rob Marsh
28 Posted 09/07/2019 at 20:16:38
When Rooney came back from ManU If I remember rightly we were paying half his ManU £250k pw, was that worth it?

EFC for the most part under Kenwright just loved to throw money at players they could get no return from.

That Walsh and Koeman also have so much to answer for.

Derek Knox
29 Posted 09/07/2019 at 20:47:11
I hope this comes off, and many other 'gravy train passengers' follow suit, but like many have mentioned why should they move? It was totally and utterly irresponsible to be offered a ridiculous contract when he was merely a fringe team player, in the first place.

I am sure this is why we have had not had more Transfer Activity to date, we have so many leeches in the system, that will be almost impossible to move on, even with a huge financial loss.

Rob Rothwell
30 Posted 10/07/2019 at 04:55:54
Super Kev?
Martin Nicholls
31 Posted 10/07/2019 at 13:38:01
Oh well, good rumour while it lasted! Now reported that this story was a complete fabrication - no surprise there!
Mike Andrews
32 Posted 10/07/2019 at 17:31:42
I’m pretty certain I saw him in Pisa airport on Monday (Pisa being the nearest airport to Florence and therefore Fiorentina). My only grounds for doubt that it was him was that he was getting the same jet2 flight as me and I would have thought 70k a week might have got you something better!
Rob Marsh
33 Posted 10/07/2019 at 19:11:16
Mike #32

I know a taxi driver who picked up a world famous Spanish player, super well paid even by prem standards and playing for the dark side.

He went on a journey worth £17.80 handed over £18 with one hand and immediately put his other hand out for the change. The driver who picked him was a dark side fan and it's a true story.

I've heard a few like that, I've no doubt there's some tight fisted B's among them.

Justin Doone
34 Posted 10/07/2019 at 22:16:56
Good luck to him. He was one of my favourite players for a few seasons. Always wanted to have a go, looked a real talent and was a real threat going forward.

Unfortunately a few injuries, different manager's and attitude meant his peak years have been wasted.

Not the only one but lazy, selfish and frustrating are all phrases that seem to fit his and many of our forward players in recent times. But one of the few players over the last 5 years that I did enjoy watching.

Rob Marsh
35 Posted 10/07/2019 at 22:47:53
Justin # 34

I agree with what you've said, good summary.

In the negative column I'll add arrogant, that penalty he took against West Brom was not the actions of a confident player in form wanting to take resposibility, it was the actions of an arrogant player who just didn't care anymore.

In the end I'll remember him as a talent never fulfilled due to his own arrogance.

Jamie Crowley
36 Posted 11/07/2019 at 17:52:03
Attitude. Gueye, Cahill, Carsley, et al had / have it in spades. Always give their best, never spout off, a credit to the Club.

Kevin sorely lacked the proper attitude. Entitled, waiting for the payday and then shipping it.

The only thing he gave us is a chant that lives on in the Crowley house - Oh Kevin Mirallas to the White Stripes song. Sung to this day randomly in the USA in an obscure home in Florida.

And that's about it.

Still wish he'd have done Suarez.

Paul Bernard
37 Posted 11/07/2019 at 17:58:43
Gutted Mirallas never really progressed to nothing more than a half decent player. The problem we have is that some of the players we want to offload are getting on. Bolasie, Mirallas, McCarthy, even Tosun who I really hope is given a chance, properly are all 27+ on decent money. Therefore clubs know that they have no resale value and will head into their early to mid-30s on £70k plus a week - that's if the move even works out for the buying club.

Having said that, I'm baffled why Lookman is only going for £22.5m.

As for simply promoting youth players, the club needs to make it crystal clear that is their intentions until the wage bill is reduced. If we signed nobody else until January I think fans would kick off. Moshiri pulled the plug, Brands failed etc etc...

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