Yerry Mina produced a man of the match display on his full Everton debut against unbeaten Chelsea yesterday afternoon as the Toffees underlined their new-found defensive resilience under Marco Silva.
The Portuguese had Michael Keane and Kurt Zouma performing impressively and after the latter was ineligible to play against his parent club, Mina deputised excellently.
With all three likely available and on form after the international break, which central defensive combination should Silva go for when Cardiff visit Goodison Park on the 24th November?
Mina’s impressive full debut offers Everton a new tactical option; a switch to three at the back.
In Lucas Digne and Seamus Coleman, Everton have two full-backs with sufficient energy and attacking intent to make the switch to wing-back with minimum fuss.
Current wingers Bernard and Theo Walcott would suffer the downside, but the Brazilian is comfortable operating in a more central role as an energetic alternative to Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Walcott is surely in danger of dropping out for Ademola Lookman after his poor recent form, but could be moved up front alongside Richarlison if Silva went for a 3-5-2.
It pays for Silva to have strings to his tactical bow and from a situation where Everton looked weak at the heart of defence at the beginning of the season, now they have enough quality centre-halves to consider a switch to three at the back a viable option.