Everton boss David Moyes has acted quickly to reinvest the money from the sale of Jack Rodwell, agreeing a fee of £5.3 million for Olympiacos forward Kevin Mirallas.
The 24-year-old will have a medical over the weekend before finalising his switch to the Premier League. Everton beat off competition from Arsenal to sign the Belgian, who believes he will get more first team opportunities at Goodison Park.
Moyes will hope that Mirallas can replicate last season’s form. The forward scored 20 goals in 25 games last season, claiming the top scorer award and player of the year award as he lead Olympiacos to a league and cup double.
With the arrival of Steven Naismith and the return of Steven Pienaar, Mirallas adds to the Toffees exciting attacking options. Below I take a look at the reasons why the forward could prove to be a great signing.
Wenger Wanted Him
- The Arsenal manager expressed a keen interest in Mirallas and was lining up a bid for him while he waited for the Robin Van Persie transfer saga to unravel. When it comes to discovering and developing promising, young talent, the Frenchman cannot be beaten. He was clearly impressed with the former Lille player’s combination of good technical ability, pace and trickery. Not only that, Wenger will have expected him to improve further. Which he will, at Everton. If Mirallas develops in the manner that some of Wenger’s previous youngster have he could prove to be a Premier League star and play a significant role in Everton challenging for a top six position.
- The Belgian international lead the line for the Greek club and to great effect. However, he will face much stiffer competition at Everton in the form of Nikica Jelavic. However, Mirallas is equally as adept on either flank and his versatility is a big plus for his new club. A 4-2-3-1 formation seems most likely for Everton this year with Jelavic in the lone striker role. Mirallas will be comfortable on either flank in the three behind the Croatian. The benefits are twofold, he could solve the problem right wing position at the club while also giving Moyes more options in central midfield as Leon Osman will not be forced out wide. With the injury problems Everton have had in recent years, the fact Mirallas is comfortable in a number of attacking positions could be vital.
- Critics will point to the fact that the 24-year-old has only scored goals in Greece, a league comparatively weaker than the Premier League. Yet goals were still scored and Mirallas will arrive on Merseyside full of confidence. Jelavic showed what having a goal scorer could do for Everton and Mirallas can only add to this firepower. Due to the success of former Rangers’ forward, people have obviously questioned what would happen if he got injured. Mirallas gives Everton strength in depth up front. Should Jelavic sustain an injury he is a suitable replacement. There is also the positive that he will take the pressure to get goals off his new team mate.