Earlier this week, Everton announced that Kevin Mirallas would be joining Serie A club Fiorentina on a season-long loan.
After a nightmare 2017/18 season where he struggled for playing time at Goodison Park and endured a torrid loan spell at Olympiacos, the move away from Everton is good news for the club’s wingers who are hoping to break through this season,.
However, the switch most likely ends the Belgian’s Everton career and will come as a blow for Mirallas, as Marco Silva clearly does not have him in his plans.
Winner: Everton’s wingers
As the 30-year-old exits Goodison Park, the attacking wide players at Everton will rejoice at the prospect of having one less teammate to compete against for playing time.
The likes of Richarlison, Theo Walcott, Yannick Bolasie, and Ademola Lookman will all be vying for a starting role out wide next season in what is looking to be a congested attacking department.
Now with one less winger to muddy the waters, the remaining Everton players can hopefully enjoy more first team minutes this season.
Loser: Kevin Mirallas (and those who believed in him)
Leaving the Premier League is almost always a step down for a player, and Mirallas will be disappointed new manager Marco Silva did not rate him very highly.
Although a transfer to Fiorentina is a good move for the Belgian, the fact that it is simply a loan reveals the Italian club do not have the utmost faith in Mirallas’ abilities.
There is an option to buy the 30-year-old after the season-long loan, but the element of instability will nevertheless unnerve the winger.
And in addition, Everton supporters who placed their faith in Mirallas by buying a kit with his name on it were also left bitterly disappointed after his Merseyside departure.
Gutted got a Mirallas 8 shirt
— Chris Mclean (@MaccaEFC13) August 4, 2018
Just got Mirallas 8 on my new shirt tho
— Keiren (@18_78) August 4, 2018