Where next for Kevin Mirallas? That's the question many football fans on Merseyside are asking right now after a difficult week for the Belgian winger.
Mirallas has been linked with Tottenham Hotspur, Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid, but can Everton really afford to let such a talented player to given their hugely disappointing season so far?
The 27-year-old has on fleeting occasions been one of the rare shining lights for Everton this season, their second highest goalscorer behind only countrymen Romelu Lukaku.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez has plenty of reason to be worried about Mirallas though, following the aftermath of Monday's 0-0 draw with West Bromwich Albion.
Mirallas surprisingly took a penalty in the 42nd minute of that clash ahead of their regular, ever-reliable man from the spot Leighton Baines, despite never taking a competitive penalty in his career. The midfielder missed and substituted soon after.
Martinez sends rumour mill into overdrive
Martinez categorically denies that he took Mirallas off because of that particular incident, instead saying that the reason was that he had a hamstring strain. My question is if a player had a slight hamstring strain, why would he be taking a penalty with two minutes to go till half time? Seems very peculiar.
As a result of Mirallas being substituted off at half time, rumours were flying about on social media, saying that it would be Mirallas' last game. The Mirror were quick to link him to Spurs, and maybe a potential cash-plus-player deal including Aaron Lennon.
Personally I cannot see Martinez letting one of his prized assets leave in January, with Everton potentially facing a relegation scrap if things don't improve. With no financially viable replacements that would have the same immediate impact as Mirallas, I think it would be a rather naive move from Everton and one that Martinez could massively regret if it happens.
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