Mirallas may have to settle for being a squad player at Everton

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has announced that Kevin Mirallas will sign a new long-term contract at Goodison Park.

What’s the word?

The Everton chief confirmed the news during the club’s end-of-season awards at Liverpool’s Royal Philharmonic Hall on Tuesday night.

Mirallas’s current contract does not expire until the end of next summer, but it appears that manager Ronald Koeman is keen to tie him down to fresh terms.

The 29-year-old has been part of the Toffees’ fold since 2012 when he joined from Olympiacos for a reported £6m fee.

Does Mirallas deserve a new deal?

Well, it comes as a slight surprise given that Koeman has not seemed to favour the midfielder throughout the season.

The Belgian has started just 21 Premier League games and has come off the bench in a further 12 during the campaign.

In that time he has scored four goals and made six assists, and has only played a full 90 minutes on four occasions.

The fact that he is penning a new deal suggests that he has either been promised more game time next season, or he is content being a squad player.

From Koeman’s point of view, he will need as much strength in depth as possible given that the club will be competing in the Europa League.

If the Merseyside outfit want to break into the top six in the 2017-18 campaign, then higher calibre players are needed.