Although his solitary goal for the Toffees proved to be the winner last time out against Burnley, Kevin Mirallas has recently seen his name all over the sports news headlines lately for reasons other than his week to week contributions out on the pitch.
The 27-year-old Belgian seemingly took to dispelling the talk surrounding his current game with his post-goal celebration last weekend, yet as the Everton midfielder has been subject to his fair share of transfer speculation and supposition of late, it seems the rumours linking him with a move away from Goodison Park this summer will likely maintain their presence for now.
Several Premier League outfits have supposedly raised an interest in landing the star in the not too distant future. Both Liverpool and West Ham have been linked to Roberto Martinez’s man this season, but as Tottenham certainly arrive as favourites to sign the player should he move on from his current employers at the end of the 2014/15 campaign, the quick-footed no. 11 seemingly has a lot on his plate at the moment.
However, whilst an illustrious new challenge may certainly await the Belgian international if the circumstances prove suitable, Kevin Mirallas must simply stay focused on his current job with Martinez’ side, and not be tempted by a move away from Goodison Park if he wants to continue impressing fans of the English game.
It could in-fact be reasonably argued that all players must go on to test themselves at the best club possible if they really want to be remembered as a star of the modern game, and yes, nothing seemingly lasts forever within the ever changing realm of Premier League football these days – but as the hot-shot midfielder certainly has things nicely placed for him at the moment with Everton – any decision to part ways with the Toffees would seem a bit mad to say the least.
Whilst the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool could offer the player in question a somewhat increased chance of winning some silverware next season, both Mauricio Pochettino and Brendan Rodgers simply couldn’t guarantee the Belgian midfielder the same amount of first team opportunities he currently enjoys with Everton.
At 27-years-old, Mirallas is in the prime stages of his career at the moment. Any decision to lessen his time out on the pitch would only arrive as a backwards step for the current Goodsion Park favourite – even if he can still develop his game to a certain extent and become an even stronger asset for Roberto Martinez to utilize next season.
That said though, it remains obvious that the no. 11 isn’t going to start every single game for Everton regardless of how well he plays. Yet as the former Olympiacos man certainly goes down as a very good player at this current stage, the Toffees faithful would surely want to hold onto their Belgian international at all costs.
Kevin Mirallas can be a deadly threat when he strides forward with the ball in the final third. Yes, consistency may be one area of his game that could do with that little bit of improvement as the 2015/16 campaign approaches, but as the midfielder is a proven passer of the ball among his Everton teammates, a strong presence on free-kicks and set-pieces – as well as a decent goal-scorer for that matter – very few complaints have arisen over the Belgian and his overall game.
With that in mind, Liverpool and Tottenham are two teams who have seemingly been unable to tie down what their best starting XI actually is in the last few seasons. They simply wouldn’t improve Mirallas enough for such a move to be warranted on the player’s behalf.
In working with a manager that solidly trusts him going into the new season, a bunch of teammates who suit his style of play down to the ground and a fan base strong enough to rival any of their counterparts in the English game, the no. 11 simply has all he could reasonably ask for with Everton at this current stage.
As Aaron Lennon could in-fact prove to be a game-changing bargaining chip for Tottenham should Martinez decide to sign the English winger permanently in the summer however, maybe this particular transfer story may have more to it than initially meets the eye…