Reports claim Mirallas unlikely to be retained by Olympiakos

Wednesday, 21 March, 2018 54comments  |  Jump to most recent

Kevin Mirallas could be on the move again this summer if a report in his native Belgium concerning his underwhelming form in Greece holds water.

The 30-year-old forward secured a January loan move back to Olympiakos, the club from which Everton signed him in 2012, but has struggled to replicate the performances that made him a star there.

Mirallas was greeted with a hero's welcome when he joined the Greek club in a temporary deal until the end of this season and the hope for all parties was that he would be offered a permanent transfer in May.

According to both the Liverpool Echo and Het Laatste Nieuwsblad (HLN), however, the disappointing form Mirallas exhibited with the Blues over the past couple of seasons has followed him to the Karaiskakis Stadium and his attempts to impress Olympiakos have not been helped by recent disruptions to the Greek league season.

A match between Olympiakos and PAOK Salonika was abandoned in February after the former's coach, Oscar Garcia, was pelted in the face by an object thrown from the stands.

Then, play in Greece was been suspended following an incident earlier this month after PAOK's owner, Ivan Savvidis marched onto the pitch to confront the referee armed with a gun during a match with AEK Athens.

HLN suggest, though, that Standard Liege could offer Mirallas a return to his home town in the summer if a deal can be reached with Everton where the Belgian international will still have two years left on his contract.


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Darryl Ritchie
1 Posted 21/03/2018 at 17:53:08
Why anybody would want to play in Greece, is beyond me. It's a football disaster area. Any decent player will be looking to get out in the summer.
Brian Williams
2 Posted 21/03/2018 at 17:54:40
Olympiakos finding out what we all already knew I reckon.
Jon Withey
3 Posted 21/03/2018 at 17:56:29
Him and Schneiderlin have basically retired but in work.
Derek Knox
4 Posted 21/03/2018 at 18:21:55
Jon Withey, you have nailed it on the head there, he always had the makings of a good player, and when he first came he showed glimpses of that.

Another Gravy Train passenger, it is all too easy for these type of players, once they get the equivalent of a Lottery winning contract, they get paid whether producing or not, and enjoy the lifestyle.

The worrying thing for me, it is like a disease, and can spread quite easily, the younger fringe players too, see this and think, "Well, if he gets away with it, so can I".

What other occupations in real life would tolerate this, apart from politics, high profile bankers and over-rated actors and TV 'personalities'?

Rick Pattinson
5 Posted 21/03/2018 at 19:15:34
Probably end up in China on a massive final pay day. Take Schneiderlin with you, please.
Gaute Lie
6 Posted 21/03/2018 at 19:21:52
Who? Actually forgotten about him. So he can't be missed that much. At least not by me.
Tony Everan
7 Posted 21/03/2018 at 20:00:11
I hope he gets himself sorted and moves on. He needs to find some motivation from somewhere. As Rick says, he will probably go to a China and link up with Big Vic.
Ian Riley
8 Posted 21/03/2018 at 20:00:19
He will have another chance under a new manager. Simply not good enough but we hand him a further contract. Unbelievable!
Bill Gienapp
10 Posted 21/03/2018 at 21:40:00
We can loan him out to Burger King for all I care. Just as long as this clod is gone.
Ryan Payne
11 Posted 21/03/2018 at 21:59:52
Get him back to Goodison! Most exciting player of recent time, when on form, of course. Shame that the performances can be few and far between but, for the money we'll get, he's more than an ample squad player.

I'll always love him for his 2-minute cameo vs Swansea and getting sent off, as if to tell Martinez, "I told you so" and that he should have been on the pitch from the start.

He has self-confidence and arrogance in abundance; essentially he wants to win. That's maybe why so many fans dislike him, as Everton aren't used to winning.

Similar to Phil Neville getting a relatively poor reception from fans was his winning mentality, in my opinion. There was a man who threw his FA Cup runners-up medal in the bin, whereas us fans thought we'd won the lottery just making it to Wembley.

Brian Williams
12 Posted 21/03/2018 at 22:03:23
Nice one Ryan, funny that :-))
Don Alexander
13 Posted 21/03/2018 at 22:19:36
Rooney aside, who has ever departed Everton and then improved as a player?

Can't really think of anyone except perhaps Lescott, and only very briefly in his case, but rather than gloat about it I get to thinking maybe the Finch Farm malaise that all but engulfs the current squad has had deeper roots than is comfortable to think about.

Jeez, being a fan of this club is so very, very depressing!

Brian Murray
14 Posted 21/03/2018 at 22:35:19
Super Kev needs to be kept in the past and discarded asap, along with any other Moyes losers, including Jagielka and Baines, hopefully this summer when the new more positive EFC will surface.
Hugh Jenkins
16 Posted 21/03/2018 at 23:02:09
Don (#13) – Do you honestly think Rooney improved after leaving Everton?

For his talent, I think it was all downhill from there!

When, for example, did he ever replicate his goal against Arsenal, as a 17-year-old, after he left us?

Derek Thomas
17 Posted 21/03/2018 at 23:22:21
His Everton peak, which was pretty good then, was reached 2 seconds before Ratboy did him in the Derby, which of course is why the snidey little shite did it... all downhill, quite steeply since then.

The only reason for the contract – apart from the usual one of management incompetence, is there must have been somebody sniffing around a deal.

[Puts on paranoid hat; agent 1 says to agent 2, "You sniff around my guy for a move and I'll sniff around yours and we might get new deals out of it... luverly jubberly, everyone's a winner."

Kevin who?

Jack Convery
18 Posted 21/03/2018 at 23:39:57
So much for wanting game time to get in the Belgium squad. Like Schneiderlin, his head's a mess and therefore so are his performances.

Surplus to requirements now so take the money available. Maybe Celtic or Rangers will want him... Farsley Celtic and Cove Rangers that is.

Andy Crooks
19 Posted 21/03/2018 at 23:47:18
Ryan @ 11 forgive me if you are being ironic, I don t always get it, but I am going to take your post as if it was serious.

Actually, before I make a fool of myself. I get it. Could you put some sort of irony font on your posts in future, because you nearly got me there.

Don Alexander
20 Posted 21/03/2018 at 00:09:53
Hugh (#16), fair comment. I've always thought Rooney failed to hit the heights his skills demanded but I always put that down to his upbringing and off-field personal habits as lately exemplified, again, during one night in, where was it, Muph?, Cheshire. That said, with us he was a very good player and with Man Utd he occasionally touched "excellent" in my opinion. Shame he never had it in him to be "a great" though.

And the greats to me include the likes of Cruyff, Messi, Maradona, Best and Pele by the way. Players who did things beyond exceptional shots and the like – players who did things beyond any previous contemplation is what I mean.

Lee Brownlie
21 Posted 22/03/2018 at 03:34:00
Ryan (@11): As Brian (@12) said, 'Funny that'..

.. cos, if it's as you say, that he's a 'winner' (who wants to win)... and a lot of fans don't like him cos we 'don't like players who want to win', then clearly he's super-motivated to do well, and we Everton fans just aren't into those kinds of 'winning mentality' players... er, what? Run that by us again..

This 'winning mentality' player was sent home from the training ground – not just hauled off the match-day pitch – with his pal, Schneiderlin, for clearly not giving a shit!!

So glad to see that's your sort of player, and the rest of us must have just used it as an excuse not to like him because what we reallydon't like is that he was really showing us how much of 'a winner' he was!!!

Yeah, funny that, alright.

Brian Williams
22 Posted 22/03/2018 at 07:58:51
When, for example, did he ever replicate his goal against Arsenal, as a 17-year-old, after he left us?

Hugh, replicate as in score an exact copy? Probably didn't. If you mean "emulate" however then the overhead kick against Man City is one of many, many great goals he scored, mate.

Jim Bennings
23 Posted 22/03/2018 at 08:21:08
Of the modern-day greats nobody will come close to Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi that's a fact!

These two are head and shoulders above anything that's played in the last decade.

Hugh Jenkins
25 Posted 22/03/2018 at 09:09:57
Brian (#22) – I did mean replicate, as opposed to emulate.

But, the underlying point was that given his undoubted and precocious talent as a teenager, he never developed those talents further. Perhaps he wasn't allowed to because SAF was grooming CR7 for the "star" role.

Simon Smith
26 Posted 22/03/2018 at 11:33:19
He did however become England's all-time leading goal scorer!!!

I for one would be pretty proud of that regardless of what talent I began with!

Shane Corcoran
27 Posted 22/03/2018 at 11:57:14
I didn't know Anichibe went to China. I'm packing.
Martin Reppion
28 Posted 22/03/2018 at 12:11:35
I love the posts on this site. It starts off about Mirallas, whom I'd forgotten was still under contract to us, and ends up with a discussion on how good or otherwise Wayne Rooney is/was!

I think that discussing these two diametrically opposite players in the same thread is an insult to Rooney.

Mirallas is all about Mirallas. Sulks when not playing. Petulant when brought on as a sub. Rarely brilliant. Usually ordinary. Occasionally a liability.

Rooney has always been like a kid who can't believe he's being allowed to play football for a living. Since I saw him as a teenager, out on his knees vs Aston Villa but kept on to score a late goal when we had no other hope, I have loved his attitude. Yes, off the field he can be a bit of a twat at times.

Yes, he has had bad games. But he never hides. Despite being finished according to some, he is our top scorer this season, mainly doing it from midfield. His passing, his tactical nouse – watch his tour de force vs West Ham – and his desire to win are always there.

If he can get a bit of that attitude into the rest of the squad, we would be on the up. That is what I pay my money to see. Not some moody Belgian who thinks the world owes him a living.

Paul Tran
29 Posted 22/03/2018 at 14:37:23
Presumably another manager and club who have bad-mouthed and mistreated poor Kevin?
Ryan Payne
30 Posted 22/03/2018 at 14:52:18
Lee @21. That's just my observations from being a season ticket holder who sees the bulk of those around me slate the likes of Romelu Lukaku who clearly IS a winner and were glad to see the back of him. I mean, he's the best player I have/will probably see in a blue shirt, and the fans want him out.

So, yes, I feel that adds to the argument that Everton fans prefer losers. I bet Denis Stracqualursi would get a better reception from blues than Romelu Lukaku, and that sums it up really.

Dave Abrahams
31 Posted 22/03/2018 at 16:13:15
Mirallas unlikely to be retained by Olympiakos: Surprise, surprise!!!!
Paul Hughes
32 Posted 22/03/2018 at 17:00:31
Don (#13) – players who have improved after leaving Everton:

Martin Keown?

Ian Bennett
33 Posted 22/03/2018 at 19:26:01
Most have gone downhill after us. I'll take Stones, Speed, Materazzi, Dacourt, Rooney, and Richard Dunne who improved. Lukaku should get better as well.

I'd say Lescott broadly flopped at Man City. Yes, he won 2 titles, but he was unconvincing in the first title win – and played just 10 times in the second.

The rest have flopped.

David Currie
34 Posted 22/03/2018 at 19:54:30
Mirallas can't even hack it in in Greece, no surprise that they have seen what sort of player he is.
Jamie Crowley
35 Posted 22/03/2018 at 20:36:30
Everyone commenting about Mirallas, but what caught my eye was:

Play in Greece was been suspended following an incident earlier this month after PAOK's owner, Ivan Savvidis marched onto the pitch to confront the referee armed with a gun.

Now I'm a 2nd-Amendment American to be sure. But that! Well that's taking things a bit too far.

What the hell? Surreal!

John Davies
36 Posted 22/03/2018 at 20:44:24
Kevin who?
Dave Abrahams
37 Posted 23/03/2018 at 09:15:23
Jamie (35), it was all bluff, the gun wasn't loaded. Plus he wasn't a Yank so there was no real danger!!!!!
John G Davies
38 Posted 23/03/2018 at 09:20:14
Mirallas has been firing blanks for a long time, Dave.
Jim Hardin
39 Posted 23/03/2018 at 09:46:55
For those slating Mirallas in Greece, think again. He went to play games and has done so. Plus, he is in the current Belgian side, so it must have worked for him. Plus, he remains a fan favorite. There are no articles or hints that he is a disruptive or other force with his teammates (sorry for all of you Belgian bashers on TW or those who don't like gold-colored cars).

Also, he has been eligible for 12 matches thus far (not sure if that counts the one that was postponed). He has made 11 appearances so far, per Transfermarkt stats, 8 league games, and 3 cup games.

He has played around 625 minutes out of the 8 games (give or take 10 minutes) and about the same minutes ratio in the three cup games. Also, he is playing on the right so maybe needs time to adjust to the position and to playing with a team that actually puts people in the box. He did notch his first goal the last league game. Finally, the entire team is having trouble scoring.

Olympiakos, is rumored to be planning on rebuilding for next season. There also might be money issues at the club, and in the league. The plan is to offload a bunch of the higher-priced older (>30-year-old) players. So, if that is true, then it would not make sense to purchase a player in the same age and salary brackets as the players the club is moving on, does it? It likely has less to do with Super Kev than it does the club and $$.

Dave Abrahams
40 Posted 23/03/2018 at 12:40:33
Jim (39), thanks for digging out all that information on Kevin, got to say Jim, you are a glutton for punishment!!!
Clive Rogers
41 Posted 23/03/2018 at 17:40:55
Martin (#28), “he is our top scorer this season”. Mirallas has zero goals this season and in fact has never reached double figures of Premier League goals in the five years he has been with us.
Lawrence Green
42 Posted 23/03/2018 at 17:44:20
Clive (#48),

The problem with speed-reading posts is that it can lead to errors about the main thrust of the post. I think you probably owe Martin (#28) an apology.

Jim Hardin
43 Posted 23/03/2018 at 18:18:26

I only had to look up the Transfermarkt stats. My wife has a cousin who is an Olympiakos fan who lives in or near Piraeus (something to do with shipping). He keeps me in the loop about Super Kev and the club knowing that I am an Everton fan.

As for the punishment, well, I can take it. I am an Everton fan after all.

Amit Vithlani
44 Posted 23/03/2018 at 18:25:50
"Rooney aside, who has ever departed Everton and then improved as a player?"

1. Materazzi
2. Mustafi
3. Speed
4. Lineker
5. Keown
6. Richardson
7. McMahon
8. Beardsley
9. Dacourt
10. Newell

Dave Abrahams
45 Posted 23/03/2018 at 18:58:07
Jim (#43),

I thought you had gone out of your way to look up the facts about Kevin – that's why I referred to you being a glutton for punishment.

But you are correct: being an Evertonian means you are used to disappointment. Hopefully that is about to change!!!

David Currie
46 Posted 23/03/2018 at 23:24:51
Amazing that anyone would call Mirallas "Super"...

How standards have dropped at our club.

Jim Hardin
47 Posted 24/03/2018 at 01:45:03
David (#46),

I apologize for my oversight. I thought everyone knew the players' nicknames. I didn't realize that you were new here.

"Super Kev" is a nickname associated with various Kevins in English football. Mirallas is one of them. Kevin Campell, Kevin Keegan, and Kevin Phillips were some others. I will try to use proper names in the future so you can keep up.

Don Alexander
48 Posted 24/03/2018 at 02:34:36
Amit (#44), good on you for presenting your version of top-notch also-rans who allegedly improved having departed us. I drew a line in the sand by way of Rooney. You counter by citing the likes of Mustafi, and a few others whose careers were over by the time the Premier League got going.

Sunstroke can do strange things to a person's pysche. Hope you get better soon!

Steve Brown
49 Posted 24/03/2018 at 05:13:05
What does your last paragraph mean, @ Don 48?
Amit Vithlani
50 Posted 24/03/2018 at 13:22:40

"Sunstroke can do strange things to a person's pysche. Hope you get better soon!"

Scratches head. Looks in the mirror for signs of sunstroke. Sees none. Phones Doctor.

"Hi Doc, sorry for bothering you, but do you have the symptoms for a medical condition known as Strange Psyche Syndrome?"

"Well, my boy, there are quite a few. From the relatively benign eg, being rather shy in large crowds, to the extreme – being a serial killer. I take it you are none of those. What symptoms are you exhibiting?"

"Well Doc, I posted a list of 10 players on ToffeeWeb, who I thought had done better after leaving Everton."

"Fucking hell, lad. Are you a nutter? Only Rooney improved after leaving Everton. Next thing you will be proclaiming David Ike as The Saviour. Book yourself in with the local quack straight away. Something wrong with you."

"But I don't understand, Doc, how I could have developed Strange Psyche Syndrome?"

"Were you hit on the head recently or take any hallucinogenic drugs?"

"No, Doc"

"Hmm. A recent study by the revered medical researcher, D Alexander (The Don to his mates), found a link between Sunstroke and Strange Psyche Syndrome. His research had the same reaction from sections of society as Darwin's book – The Origin of Species – did from churchgoers when it was first published. But once we looked at D Alexander's research on the links between Sunstroke and being a Lunatic closely, we realised he was indeed The Don. It all made complete sense. You need to be careful, given where you live".

"But I checked and I don't have sunstroke."

"Ah well, son, you see that was the second part of his research. You can have sunstroke without knowing it".

"So Doc, are you saying I might have sunstroke without knowing it, and therefore may have Strange Psyche Syndrome?"

"Lad, no doubt about it. Anyone who posts a list of players, besides Rooney, who improved after leaving Everton is most certainly a nutter, loon and a sufferer of SPS (sometimes called "Triple-S" for those who can't spell)."

"Doc, I need a lie down. I am starting to see and hear Dead People."

"Who ya gonna Call?"


John G Davies
51 Posted 24/03/2018 at 13:46:09
Amit, 😁
Dermot Byrne
52 Posted 24/03/2018 at 14:13:09
Amit, 😂

A joy to read something really funny. Clearly ill and not a real fan!

Don Alexander
53 Posted 24/03/2018 at 14:36:31
Good response, Amit! I deserved it.
Dermot Byrne
54 Posted 24/03/2018 at 14:51:17
Equally good response, Don, mate.
Dermot Byrne
55 Posted 24/03/2018 at 15:08:16
15:05... fantastic start. 2 goals in 2 mins! Schneiderlin back big style with that brace. Second one goal of the season. (Nurse?!!)
Jay Wood

56 Posted 24/03/2018 at 15:39:51
Kevin shouldn't sniff at any offer from the Olympiakos owner, if this story proves true...

Nottingham Forest owner, Evangelos Marinakis, charged with drug trafficking, according to reports in Greece.

Barry McNally
57 Posted 03/04/2018 at 21:06:35
Kev on his jollies already – Olympiacos president Evangelos Marinakis has taken the remarkable step of sending under-performing stars into exile for the rest of the season.

The Greek shipping magnate has become so furious at his side's lacklustre displays that he's planning to call up players from the Under-20s for the remaining games. 

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