Disinterested Mirallas? Wantaway Belgian's Merseyside derbies compared

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Tottenham linked Kevin Mirallas could not produce the same level of performance for Everton as he did last year against Liverpool at Goodison Park.

Kevin Mirallas lasted just an hour in the Merseyside derby against Liverpool, a match which highlighted his slump in form.

The Belgian was granted a standing ovation in the same fixture a year ago, reported The Telegraph at the time, when he played a crucial role in helping his side to a 3-3 draw.

The midfielder had scored one and created another in the Goodison classic, while at the weekend, the same level of performance was lacking.

  MatchTotal Scoring AttemptsGoalsKey Passes AssistsWon DribblesSuccessful Final Third PassesMins Played
Kevin Mirallas Everton vs Liverpool 3 1 4 1 1 12 88
Kevin Mirallas Everton vs Liverpool 1 0 1 0 0 4 60

Mirallas was not the only Everton player whose game was not at a similar level, Romelu Lukaku also failed to display the clinical ability he did a year ago.

Yet Mirallas' downturn in form is especially concerning due to his recent comments, reported by The Guardian that he is looking for a new challenge if Everton do not qualify for the Champions League.

With the Toffees sitting in 12th place in the Premier League, their best chance is the long shot of winning the Europa League, for which they must beat Swiss side Young Boys in the upcoming round.

Mirallas has been strongly linked with a move to Tottenham by The Mirror, whose own Champions League qualification prospects were boosted this weekend with a win in the North London derby over Arsenal.

Despite having just 18 months remaining on his contract, Mirallas will however have to lift his game if he is convince interested clubs he is worth the outlay, and is capable of re-igniting the level of performances he produced last season.

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