|Joined on||19 August 2012|
|Signed by||David Moyes|
|Debut (sub)||v Aston Villa (A)
25 August 2012
|Full debut||v Leyton Orient (H)
29 August 2012
|Contract duration||4 + 3 years|
|Contract expires||June 2018|
|Date of birth||5 October 1987|
|Height||6' 0" (1.82 m)|
|Eye for goal|
When Jack Rodwell was somewhat surprisingly sold a week before the 2012-13 season kicked off, David Moyes wasted no time in attempting to put some of the £12m received from Manchester City to good use.
An approach to Olympiacos and a bid of around £6m was made to trigger a release clause in the contract of Belgian international, Kevin Mirallas, who was already firmly in the sights of Arsenal.
It took the best part of a week but Everton landed their man despite the Gunners' interest and the 24 year-old forward put pen to paper on a four-year contract the day before the Blues' season opener with Manchester United.
Hampered by a shoe-string budget, Moyes's small squad had for years been short of effective and consistent attacking options but he signalled his intent to finally put together a potentially dangerous forward line with the quadruplet acquisitions of Nikica Jelavić, Steven Pienaar, Steven Naismith and then Mirallas in the 2012 calendar year.
Born in Liege and a product of Standard Liege's youth system, Mirallas left Belgium as a 16 year-old to join Lille in France where he spent four years before moving on to St Etienne for a further two seasons in 2008 in a €4m move.
He made 129 appearances in League 1 and notched 13 goals, but it wasn't until he joined Olympiacos for €2m in 2010 that he began to attract wider recognition with an impressive goals return over the ensuing two seasons.
14 goals in his first season made him second top-scorer in the Greek Super League behind Djibril Cisse of Panathinaikos, but he claimed the top spot in 2011-12 with an impressive 20 goals in 25 games as Olympiacos reclaimed the league championship.
A versatile forward who can play up front or out wide and a YouTube showreel to rival the best of them, Mirallas' arrival was eagerly anticipated by Evertonians hoping to finally see some resolution to the problem area of the Blues' comparatively weak right side.
And he made an almost instantaneous impact, offering pace, trickery and a threat from goal as evidenced by his full debut in a League Cup tie against Leyton Orient where he scored twice and might have had a hat-trick in a 5-0 win for the Blues.
A hamstring injury suffered in early November against Sunderland and then a relapse against Tottenham a month later would deprive Everton of their new-found attacking weapon for the best part of three months and the team struggled at times in his absence.
After an abortive return in an FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Bolton in late January, Mirallas made only his ninth start for Everton against West Bromwich Albion, safely completing an hour of the 2-1 home win as his recuperation continued.
He started his third season at Goodison Park with goals against Chelsea, West Brom and Wolfsburg but pulled up after a good burst of speed against Liverpool at Anfield,, and tore his hamstring again. He would not recover for a number of weeks, coming back into the side against West Ham Utd.
But another season of mixed fortunes will be remembered mainly for a ridiculous penalty fiasco against West Brom, when Mirallas grabbed the ball and insisted on firing from the spot – in some supposed tribute to a Belgian friend killed that week – firing blanks as he proceeded to miss the target, and cause a furore of debate over who should be Everton's nominated penalty taker? (Baines, no question.)
The now expected talk of wanting Champions League football also blighted the mood, with these quotes adding to concerns about his level of committment to the Blues in reference to the January 2015 transfer window:
“Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid were interested," the former Olymipacos man said, "but Everton obliged me to stay at the club. I understood because our young group had performed below expectations. So I had to stay.
“But in the second half of the season I was suddenly playing less games. There are promises broken and it makes for a somewhat awkward relationship with the coach. Soon, I will have a conversation with him.
“I have had a beautiful three years with Everton. I have experienced many great moments and for that I must thank the club. I don't know whether I will leave, it is a decision I have to make in consultation with my family.”
Mirallas, while extremely talented, is someone who has not shown enough of it at Everton. His form at times can be spectacular, but he can drift out of games for long spells. His impact from the bench has perhaps been the most defining feature of his Everton career so far, where he can sometimes provide attacking impetus down the final stretch of games. Over the course of 90 minutes, however, the Belgian can struggle given his fitness is not at a particularly high level.
As the 2014-15 season ended, the rumour mill went into top gear, linking Mirallas with a move to Spurs, before he too joined McCarthy and others in recommitting to Everton and Roberto's embryonic Golden Generation of young players, agreeing to a new 3-year contract.
However, as the new season progressed, he found himself sitting on the bench far too often, and not getting the field time he felt his skills merited. Such was his frustration that, when he did get on the pitch in added time at Swansea, a stupid tackle just a minute later saw straight red and three more games watching from the sidelines.
When his ban was over, he still got little playing time, so the moaning to the Belgian press during the next International break, and rekindled hints of imminent departure in the New Year, came as no surprise. There was no move forthcoming, however, and he was given a handful of starts as well as some involvement from the bench in the second half of the season, scoring only a couple of goals against Leicester and Norwich.
|Season||Squad No.||League Apps (sub)||League Goals||Cup Apps (sub)||Cup Goals||Total Apps (sub)||Total Goals|
|2013-14||11||28 (4)||8||3 (2)||0||31 (6)||8|
|2014-15||11||18 (11)||7||6 (1)||4||24 (12)||11|
|2015-16||11||10 (13)||4||3 (4)||2||13 (17)||6|
|2016-17||11||16 (10)||4||0 (2)||0||16 (12)||4|
|Totals||95 (42)||29||17 (10)||9||112 (52)||38|
Note: Everton Career Stats on ToffeeWeb are updated after every game.