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‘Bit of guidance’: James Tarkowski admits he’s been trying to help Everton youngster who’s been ‘unbelievable’ this season
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‘Bit of guidance’: James Tarkowski admits he’s been trying to help Everton youngster who’s been ‘unbelievable’ this season

James Tarkowski has admitted he’s been trying to help Everton youngster Nathan Patterson this season.

Speaking on the official Everton podcast, Tarkowski thinks the 20-year-old defender has been ‘unbelievable’ this season.

Patterson was signed from Rangers in January, and arrived as back-up to Seamus Coleman.

However, he required ankle surgery that ruled him out of making his league debut last season.

The roles were reversed this season, with Coleman missing due to injury, and Patterson made the right-back spot his own.

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The 20-year-old started seven games on the bounce at the start of the season.

He contributed to Everton currently having the best defensive record in the Premier League.

Everton staff noticed that Patterson had put on a lot of muscle over the summer to get stronger.

However, Patterson was unfortunate to pick up another ankle injury over the international break.

Everton have confirmed that he’s likely to be unavailable for another month.

Tarkowski has been trying to help Patterson

In his interview, Tarkowski talked about the responsibility he feels to look after younger members of the squad.

In particular, Tarkowski singled out Patterson as a player he’s been trying to help on the pitch.

“So, there’s been a few new faces here that I’ve spoken to and tried to help.” Tarkowski said.

“And then the younger lads, they just need a bit of guidance, especially on the pitch because it’s not easy, especially playing at this level.

“Like Patto (Patterson) has been unbelievable so far, but it’s difficult out there, so just that voice beside you, being a bit more calming can just help guide you through a game here and there.”

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Everton fans will be hoping to see Patterson return soon, given his amazing potential.

Alan Shearer has said that Patterson has been ‘immense’ this season.

Coleman has been Everton’s go-to right-back for over a decade.

In Patterson, the Toffees might have finally found his long-term replacement.

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