Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that Yerry Mina was struggling earlier in the season, but feels that now he’s improved to help him regain his position in the starting XI.
Mina, who cost the Toffees £27.19million (BBC Sport), has had a mixed time on Merseyside since he joined from Barcelona in 2018.
The 26-year-old defender has certainly been inconsistent, as he can go from a top-class performer one week to somebody that can make big individual errors the next.
He is an experienced centre-back that was left on the bench during games against Manchester United and Leeds United in November, but he’s started the two most recent fixture against Chelsea and Burnley.
There is competition for places in the heart of the Everton defence, but it looks like right now he’s back in Ancelotti’s good books.
“I am happy with his level. He is doing better. He had some problems in some games, but now is more focused, more concentrated. He is playing with confidence. I am satisfied,” Ancelotti said in his press conference, as quoted by the club’s official Youtube account.
Mina is an athletic centre-back that has all the qualities to be a top player with his pace and power, but his concentration levels need to improve for that to be the case.
He put in an excellent performance in the win over Chelsea over the weekend, but it’ll be a different kind of challenge for the midweek league meeting with Leicester City as he faces Jamie Vardy.
Ancelotti is looking to build a side at Goodison Park that can break into the European positions and right now it seems like Mina is on trial to prove he can help achieve that.