Mirallas's new deal is confirmed

Friday, 12 May, 2017 20comments  |  Jump to most recent
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Kevin Mirallas has put pen to paper on a new three-year contract that ties him to Everton until 2020.

Club chairman Bill Kenwright had suggested earlier in the week that the Belgian was about to extend his stay with the Toffees and the new deal was confirmed before kick of today's 1-0 win over Watford.

Mirallas joined Everton from Olympiacos in 2012 when he was signed by then manager David Moyes for £5.3m. Though he has battled injury and mercurial form during his five years with the club, he has remained an explosive player on his day and is now very much settled in the northwest.

He has 30 goals in 145 league appearances, managing four this season from 21 starts.

“This contract is very important for me and my family," he told the official site after agreeing to the new terms. "I am very happy here — this is the best club for me.

“I've been here five years and it's very important for me to win a trophy here. I've said before that my dream is to win at least one trophy with Everton and I firmly believe we are heading in the right direction.

“We have an amazing manager, an amazing team, and amazing fans."


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Brian Porter
1 Posted 13/05/2017 at 06:19:17
Some refreshing loyalty at last! By his own words, 'Super Kev' admits to his own inconsistencies and that Koeman has pointed out what's required from him. He's accepted the manager's words and has shown maturity in accepting he needs to do more, but shows his loyalty by stating his desire to help Everton to win a trophy and qualify for the Champions League.

An established international for one of the world's top-ranked nations, he has, in effect, pledged the rest of his career to Everton; after all, he'll be 32 by the end of this new deal.

If only others, Ross Barkley for one, could show such loyalty and maturity. If Kev can see a bright future for us under Koeman & Moshiri, why can't Ross or even Rom see the positives in our future as our rebuilding project takes shape?

Inconsistent? Yes, but so are lots of wingers, and he can still be mercurial and a potential match winner on his day.

Good on you, Kevin, nice to know you feel this is 'your' club. I wish you and the whole team success next season.

Philip Yensen
2 Posted 13/05/2017 at 07:49:56
Why? 😨 😲
Teddy Bertin
3 Posted 13/05/2017 at 08:19:20
Koeman's been frustrated in the market twice now so it's a smart move from Everton.

He's obviously not 100% what Koeman is looking for, or he'd be starting every game, but there's no point letting someone of his talent leave on a free if he wants to fight for his place and believes the club is going in the right direction.

I wouldn't be surprised if he leaves next January but I'd love to see him become a consistent performer for us.

Stan Schofield
4 Posted 13/05/2017 at 10:03:20
Although he's inconsistent, I love his skill and swagger. If he could become more consistent, he'd have a big influence on us.

He seems to turn it on against Leicester for example. I remember the goal he scored against them last season, when we lost 3-1 at theirs and were in free-fall.

I was with relatives from Leicester, who were obviously celebrating the title win. But they were well impressed when Kev made that goal from nothing, beating players with style. I just said to them, that's what Everton CAN do. They agreed, and said we'd be back this season – which, to a large extent, we are.

Paul Burns
5 Posted 13/05/2017 at 10:22:57
Garbage. 3 goals in 30 odd games. Aspires to be inconsistent.

Rewarded for failure. Sums up the depths that Everton FC are plumbing under Kenwright's desperate regime and gives all the signals that the era of no trophies and just making up the numbers are here to stay.

The fact that people are happy with this situation is another symptom of how the happy-clappy Premier League sickness has infected even our support, nothing but cannon fodder for the media darlings.

Count me out.

Stan Schofield
6 Posted 13/05/2017 at 10:34:45
Paul, count you out? Voting with your feet then? If I were voting with my feet, I can't see that I'd be posting on TW.
Richard Reeves
7 Posted 13/05/2017 at 11:06:08
Fantastic news... now sell him!

Andy Meighan
8 Posted 13/05/2017 at 11:35:28
Stan. To a large extent, we are. I must've been asleep when that happened But if I suppose you mean we are back in Europe, well wowee. Still got to qualify though, haven't we?

Let's be honest, the fayre that's been dished up has been awful and, apart from the Man City and Bournemouth games, the season has been underwhelming. The away form is embarrassing and some of Koeman's team selections leave me nonplussed.

I tend to agree with what Paul Burns said; it does sum up the depths we are plumbing. I'll be straight here: I expect more of the same next season.

Eivind Nyhus
9 Posted 13/05/2017 at 13:10:52
Before 2015-16, he scored 10-ish goals pr season for us. Hope he gets more game time going forward and starts scoring again. I'm glad he signed.
Dan Egerton
10 Posted 13/05/2017 at 13:51:13
I agree with Paul: not good enough. We need to sign only top 4 Champions League players, and extend the contracts of Champions League players, if and when we have them.
Kieran Kinsella
11 Posted 13/05/2017 at 14:03:45
His age is a problem for me. If he was a goalie or centre-half aged 29 then yeah he may be short of his peak.

How many quick attackers get better when they hit 30? Generally they lose some pace and became less impactful. Aaron Lennon, for example.

Minik Hansen
12 Posted 13/05/2017 at 14:45:50
In January we'll likely still be in the Europa League, so my guess is he is staying here until at least the end of 2017-18.

Maybe Mirallas being here can attract his buddy Lukaku, though it will take big signings to make it up. By keeping our good players, the club can also attract better players. COYB.

Clive Rogers
13 Posted 13/05/2017 at 20:13:24
I find this disappointing. He's a player who deceives. Take yesterday's game. A lot of people have commented that he had a decent game, but when you analyse his end product, you find it of little substance.

No crosses, just one shot, few forward passes, spent almost all the game passing and running when with the ball across the pitch or back towards his own goal.

No link-up play with Lukaku (not easy). Only 30 goals in 144 games and only 4 this season after a lot of game time. Simply not good enough.

Clive Rogers
14 Posted 13/05/2017 at 22:49:15
Elvin (#9),

His Premier League goals since he came in 2012 season have been 6, 9, 7, 4, 4 this season. Average 6. He's had a lot of game time this season. Not good enough.

Ciaran O'Brien
15 Posted 13/05/2017 at 22:56:02
Super Kev may be inconsistent and annoyingly selfish but he has largely been in and out of the side since we signed him from Olympiakos nearly 5 years ago. We have no real width and support from Lukaku, so it makes sense with him staying with Europe next year.

Perhaps he and Barkley would play better if we had more creative players in the team and intelligent, quick defenders. Also a livewire up front if Lukaku goes or stays and plays alongside him.

Philip Yensen
16 Posted 14/05/2017 at 08:11:19
Has anyone been to local markets home and abroad. There is a fluffy thing attached to a ball that goes round and round a square tray, flips over now and again. This is Mirallas, going nowhere.

Once again... Why?

Jim Bennings
17 Posted 14/05/2017 at 08:47:29
A good player on his day between 2012 and maybe the early part of 2015 but he's not been anywhere near as effective over the 18 months or so, I don't know exactly why that is?

Maybe age... although 29 isn't that old but yes, a bit of the pace has gone, maybe he has just gone a bit stale after five years here now?

A decent squad player next season but I don't see many starts and don't expect more than what I've seen from him than this season to be honest.

Dave Abrahams
18 Posted 14/05/2017 at 08:58:09
The only good thing about Mirallas re-signing is we might, hopefully, get a few million for him if some club takes him off our hands.

The only thing consistent about him is he flatters to deceive; you can bet your life he will never change.

Eric Paul
19 Posted 14/05/2017 at 14:05:55

How can our manager sell our future plans to top 4 Champions League players when he only has 2 years left?

Jim Harrison
20 Posted 15/05/2017 at 06:13:44
We need a bigger squad next season. Kev wont be a regular starter in Premier League but will be handy to have about. EC will stretch our resources, no point selling him on then going and replacing him as a squad member.

I can't remember which one of the pundits said it, but what we need to do in the transfer market now is buy first team players that are an improvement on current ones. Those who are displaced then join the squad. As the quality of the team goes up, the quality of the players we let go also goes up!

At the beginning of this season, we had a bloated squad with plenty of deadwood taking up wages. Credit to the club for moving so many out this year.

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