Could season three be Yerry Mina’s time to shine for Everton?by Tom Procter
Everton wowed in their first game of the new Premier League season against Tottenham Hotspur.
The Toffees took all three points against the Londoners with a 1-0 win and ended their abysmal run of results against top-six sides away from home.
The club’s new signings made a huge difference for Carlo Ancelotti, with James Rodriguez already looking like he could be a bargain.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison were both very lively up top, and there is plenty of reason for optimism if you’re an Everton fan.
There was one man who flew under the radar yesterday though, and that’s central defender Yerry Mina.
The Colombian hardly put a foot wrong at the back, dealing well with England striker Harry Kane. According to WhoScored, Mina had a pass completion rate of 91.2%, and produced seven clearances as well as three interceptions.
If he can keep consistent at the back this year, Everton could be about to go places.
TBR’s View – Mina form could be key
Mina is now into his third season at Goodison Park following his £27 million move (BBC Sport) from Barcelona after the World Cup.
The South American has had ample time to settle, and now knows the nature of the Premier League.
It is clear that Mina is a fearsome defender, but previous tactics from Marco Silva were questionable and the 25-year-old hasn’t always been consistent.
With Carlo Ancelotti now at the helm, and with new signings Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure theoretically providing that bit more protection, £120,000-a-week star Mina (Spotrac) could be set to flourish – and his solidity could be key in any push for Europe.
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