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  1. Stig
    December 17, 2014

    If you’re saying that Mirallas is overrated, this post can clearly be the most stupid ever.

    He is in absolute stunning form for Everton and links up well with Lukaku (look at their goal-assists to each other) and Barkley (look at how many passes they share in a game, you’d be suprised).

    If you post stuff like this then make sure it’s founded. Like Liverpool: Balotelli THAT is an overrated player. Pick of the bunch in that: Ben Arfa. Amazing skills, but does he use them? NO! Mirallas makes himself important EVERY week AND supplies wonderful goals, assists and performances. Overrated my ass.

    But then again, what can you expect from a Red.

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  2. Andrew McCole
    December 17, 2014

    Lukaku has taken a step back this year as well, which is how I described Mirallas. Stats can be misleading, but watching all the games and matching them up with those numbers is where the basis can be found. Of course, Mirallas would score about 48 hours after this post was written, but I still believe in this list (not to mention that he has one assist this season…so, there’s always that).

    Ben Arfa is currently playing for Hull City…he hasn’t been OVERrated in a few seasons.

    But, then again, what can you expect from someone clearly displaying fandom (which just so happens to be on the list) for a fellow Belgian.

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  3. Stig
    December 18, 2014

    Andrew

    Fandom – Realism. If you would watch every Everton game, like me, you would clearly see that Mirallas is NOT over-rated. What is over-rated anyways? When he plays, he’s always a hand-full for every fullback in the PL. He takes on defenders, always looking for goal AND most importantly: he IS important for Everton. So why over-rated? He is doing exactly what we expect from him.

    Also he was injured, so that plays. And we started poorly to the season which is not Mirallas fault, it’s the whole team. So still I ask: why over-rated? Is he one of the best wingers in the world? No, and nobody states it, not even me! He was just coming to form, and recently he is tearing up the wing for Everton, linking up well with Lukaku!

    About Lukaku: not taking a step back, just finding form after a frustrating toe injury. Recently scoring in every game he played in. If you decide to make your opinion about a player then make sure it’s correct.

    Mirallas does what the world expects from him, at Everton we want him to get past people, we want him to shoot at goal (because: look at the goal vs Spurs, that’s why), he finds the net easy for a winger. Does he needs to work on his stats? Yes offcourse. But if you only look at stats you are not being correct. It’s what he DOES on the pitch: he makes space with runs OFF the ball, he takes on defenders when he is ON the ball, upsetting defenders, making them doubt and run out position. He looks to find Lukaku in de 16m area, he links up well with Barkley, rarely loses posession (important to Martinez) AND is far better then our other wingers at the moment. So no: if someone does what is expected from him then he is not over-rated.

    What does he have to do in your opinion? Have 11 assists so far en 20 goals? He’s not Ronaldo or Messi and everybody knows it. He’s had an injury and fought back from it, now he’s injured again (not so difficult if you see how he gets kicked every single game), and he’ll be back after the Southampton game (let’s hope).

    He is important for Everton, but surely not over-rated. Take McGeady who I find over-rated, or Besic for the matter (if you have to pick someone in the Everton squad). Like I said before: there are other players who are over-rated. Ben Arfa is playing for Hull? No he’s sitting on the bench. 8 starts and 3 subs: no goals what so ever. HE is not fullfilling it on the Pitch, Mirallas is performing well. Even before he scored last monday. He was running riot the last weeks.

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  4. Andrew McCole
    December 18, 2014

    First, this list is an opinion. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Second, obviously I rated Mirallas higher than you last season because, up to this point, I truly believe he has been overrated. Now, much like Arsenal’s Ramsey (who made an earlier overrated list), it is entirely possible for a player to play their way OFF the list. Towards the end of last season, I thought Mirallas WAS one of the better wingers on show…but he truly seems to have slipped back into some old habits that remind me of when he first slipped on the blue of Everton. His head goes down too quickly, and his play has suffered…will he get it back? I truly think so…but, right now, he’s not the player he was in the last half of the 2013-14 season. I still believe he is a good player, but not the great one that I started to see emerge as the last season came to a close.

    I definitely respect your opinion and you make some very valid points, but I want you to know that (since it is my job on this site) that I watch every single BPL game that is shown (sometimes twice) and have yet to miss a game this season (God bless DVR). As for the Ben Arfa thing, once again it is just pure wasted talent…not being overrated. Fans of the game have known what Ben Arfa is for years…his current situation comes as no surprise.

    Thanks for reading…and don’t think I’m trying to shove anything your way or tell you that you’re wrong, but I just seem to see Mirallas differently this season.

    Plus, getting upset at me for using stats when you wanted to use them to get irate at me in your first comment…that hurts my feelings 😉

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