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Everton manager Marco Silva using Kevin Mirallas at right-back is intriguing

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Kevin Mirallas.

Remember him, Everton fans?

The Belgian last turned out for the Toffees in a competitive fixture on December 7th 2017, in a Europa League game against Apollon Limassol, where he incidentally grabbed an assist for those of you wondering how he fared.

Anyway, a January loan move back to Olympiacos, the side where Everton initially signed the forward from, followed and the 31-year-old has not featured competitively ever since for the Merseysiders.

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It appeared as if the 6 foot ace was close to joining Standard Liege, as reported by Voetbal 24, but then the very same source debunked the rumour which left Everton fan page Royal Blue Mersey feeling slightly upset by the sounds of it.

However, despite the mythical exit, could Mirallas still be of use to the Toffees?

Who knows, but Marco Silva’s use of the Belgium international in pre-season has been particularly intriguing – the former Hull boss has been using the attacker at right-back!

It may sound weird, but Silva has even done it more than once this summer.

Mirallas played on the right of defence against FC Sion, and also lined up in the role yet again in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw against Wigan.

Silva has made clear of his intentions to sign a right-back this summer to compete with Seamus Coleman, with that specific department weakened by the departure of Jonjoe Kenny to Schalke.

Pre-season is, of course, the time for managers to test out new things when there are no real consequences at large, and judging by his use of Mirallas it seems as if the Portuguese boss is gearing up to have the Belgian as right-back cover in case no new face can be signed.

Everton are still hoping to sign loan star Kurt Zouma from Chelsea, and are said to be keen on the £80m-rated Wilfried Zaha, so it remains to be seen how much money is left in the bank for a right-back if these two deals come off.

One thing is for certain though – Silva’s use of Mirallas is eye-catching.

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