After an outstanding debut campaign for Everton manager Roberto Martinez, his second season has not gone according to plan, with the Toffees struggling for much of the time.
Given the players at Everton’s disposal and Martinez’s own reputation as a manager, the significant dip in form came as a shock and while the Toffees have won their last two league matches, there are likely to be changes in the summer.
As much as the close-season is about signing new players to improve a side, there are also the inevitable farewells, and there could be one player more likely than most to wave goodbye to Goodison Park at the end of the current campaign.
That player is Kevin Mirallas, who has played 99 times for Everton to date but whose long-term future at the club remains in question.
In comments published by the Guardian following an interview with La Capitale back in February, the Belgian international admitted he wanted to play at the highest level sooner rather than later.
“I dream of playing in the Champions League next season,” he said, “with Everton or with another club.”
Well it certainly will not be with Everton, with Martinez’s men way off the top-four and seeking a mid-table finish at best.
So what next for Mirallas? The simple fact is he has not played anywhere near his potential for a sustained period of time for a while now, and if he were to leave Everton this summer, it would be no great surprise.