Everton’s summer signing Kevin Mirallas returned on Monday from a hamstring injury that has seen him miss almost two months of his first Premier League season.
The Belgian was the top scorer in Greece last season and made an impressive start to his Toffees career before he was side-lined through injury, from which he made his comeback appearing as a second-half substitute in Everton’s 0-0 draw with Southampton.
The 25-year-old was a shrewd acquisition by Everton manager David Moyes last summer – he cost just £6 million despite having scored 20 goals in just 34 appearances the previous season for Olympiacos.
The striker is another emerging Belgian talent and possesses the quality that Moyes will hope can fire the Toffees back into the top four this season. The striker made a decent start to his Premier League career before his injury, netting 3 goals already for Everton.
He is also a team player who is capable of adding to his team’s goal tally via his assists – he is technically gifted on the ball and make intelligent runs into dangerous positions – something that Everton currently rely mostly on Nikica Jelavic and Marouane Fellaini for.
Mirallas can be a very tricky customer if he plays in a system suited an catered for his strengths – but I’m inclined to feel his manager will look to him as an impact substitute for now, especially as they’ll be keen to get him up to optimum match fitness in the coming weeks.
He’s a dynamic forward with great versatility and in my opinion that is what makes him so dangerous to oppositions defences. We didn’t really get enough of a chance to see him flourish in an Everton shirt before his injury but, if he can build up his fitness and form, he really can put a spanner in the works for Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea who will have likely forgotten all about him and his ability.
His signing is another fantastic example of David Moyes’ superiority to his contemporaries when it comes to the transfer market.
Whilst all around him clubs spend in excess for big names and designer signings that often don’t turn out to be value for money, Moyes’ finds underrated gems from all over world and polishes them into top notch and, every now and then, world class professional footballers.
£6 million on Kevin Mirallas is, in my estimation, money very very well spent; and he might just be the difference maker the side needs.
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