Kevin Mirallas, Olympiakos Agree Loan Deal: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJanuary 7, 2018

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 11:  Kevin Mirallas of Everton celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park on March 11, 2017 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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Olympiakos have completed the signing of Kevin Mirallas from Everton on loan for the remainder of the season.

The Belgium international returns to the Greek giants after six seasons at Goodison Park. The move was confirmed by the Everton website on Sunday.

Mirallas has fallen out of favour at Everton this term, first under former manager Ronald Koeman and more recently under current boss Sam Allardyce.

As a result, a move felt inevitable for the Belgian, who will still be hopeful of doing enough to earn a place in Roberto Martinez's national squad for the FIFA World Cup in the summer.

The Everton Aren't We Twitter account commented on how much the winger has declined in recent seasons:

Indeed, when he arrived at Everton, the forward provided a blistering threat from out wide and a consistent goal threat. However, a string of injuries robbed him of his searing pace, and as a result, Mirallas has found it tougher to have an impact on games in the Premier League.

While he signed a new contract with the Toffees at the end of the previous season, the player's days at Everton have felt numbered for a while.

Indeed, earlier this season Mirallas and team-mate Morgan Schneiderlin were reportedly sent away from training by caretaker manager David Unsworth due to issues over their application. He posted the following message on Instagram after the reports emerged:

Mirallas has shown glimpses of quality when he gets on the field. He can still make things happen on the ball with his dribbling skill and inventiveness, and when he's motivated, he can put in a lot of work.

Mirallas' career has stalled at Everton.
Mirallas' career has stalled at Everton.Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images

At Olympiakos, he will be hopeful of relaunching a career that has stalled. The 30-year-old spent two years at the club between 2010 and 2012, grabbing 34 goals in 52 appearances; he was also part of two title-winning teams.

His aim will be to help Olympiakos to another Greek crown this season. They currently sit in third place in the Superleague, although they have a game in hand on AEK Athens and PAOK, who are each two points clear of them.

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