February 29, 2024

Everton’s recent history has been stuttered, blighted by the ownership of Farhad Moshiri who disrupted any semblance of stability forged beforehand.

David Moyes had enjoyed an 11-year reign at Goodison Park, yet following his exit it seemed like a decision set to benefit all parties. He had made the step up to Manchester United, whilst the Toffees had replaced him with the young, innovative Roberto Martinez.

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Whilst the Spaniard’s enjoyment in Merseyside would be short-lived, he is still largely well-thought-of by sections of the fanbase, despite bleeding the club dry following his dismissal.

His debut year was one of the best most younger Evertonians can remember, with the football free-flowing and the players so likable.

However, in hindsight, it is easy to see that his success was built off the foundation left by Moyes’ solidity. Not only that, but the squad he inherited was already strong too.

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One of those names was Kevin Mirallas, who had grown into a key figure at the club having joined in 2012.

And yet, it could have been all different had the Belgian had his way, revealing recently how he never truly wanted to move to Everton.

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He told Eleven Belgium: ‘When I signed in England I didn’t want to go there.

‘I felt really good at Olympiakos, I felt good at the football level, at the family level as my son had just been born so there was stability. My agent really pushed it. I don’t regret it because it was one of my best spells, I spent seven years there, but I didn’t want to go. The day I left Olympiakos I cried; I didn’t want to leave.

‘I got injured and in October I phoned my agent and said I want to leave. He tells me I signed for five years but I say ‘do what you want but I don’t want to stay’. He says to me ‘you’re crazy, everyone wants to be in your place’ but I just said, ‘call those in charge, I don’t want to stay’.’

How good was Kevin Mirallas?

Although Moyes only enjoyed one year of Mirallas before departing for Old Trafford, it was clear that he had already signed a top talent even if things weren’t quite going his way.

The £6m expended has since proven a huge coup, with the six goals and six assists in the Premier League a fine return for a debut year.

He would go on to play 186 times for the Toffees, recording 73 goal contributions and even earning 60 caps for his national team.

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A hard-working winger with a clinical scoring touch as well as the ability to drift past his man, the 36-year-old was perfect for Everton and Martinez, whose sacking rocked large parts of the dressing room.

Despite his theatrics before joining, at least he can admit that it might have been a successful venture in the end.

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