Everton have made a promising start to the 2020/21 campaign as they look to make a long-awaited return to European competition under the influence of Carlo Ancelotti.
The Toffees are certainly giving this season a decent go and the Italian boss signed extremely well during the summer. James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure looking like the pick of the bunch.
Everton didn’t sign a renowned central defender though. Ben Godfrey was added, although his versatility to operate at full-back too was probably a deciding factor.
With that in mind, one of Everton’s current defenders could be facing a pivotal period between now and the transfer window reopening on January 1st.
Yerry Mina signed for Everton in the summer of 2018, costing the Toffees £27 million from Spanish giants Barcelona.
His impressive showing at the World Cup in Russia proving an important factor in Everton’s decision to land the Colombian.
It’s fair to see he’s yet to really convince that he has what it takes to lead the Toffees towards their ambitions, however.
The 26-year-old has struggled with injuries, whilst his form has proved erratic at times – highlighted recently with some poor positional play against Southampton.
Ancelotti is a perfectionist and over time he will want to ensure he has the very best players possible in as many positions as possible.
Mina has managed 56 games during his time at Goodison Park and he is still striving to prove his critics wrong and gain some consistency.
The signing of Rodriguez will give Ancelotti hope that he can go out and attract stellar quality to the blue half of Merseyside.
With that in mind, Mina could need to buck his ideas up in the coming weeks, with January looming large.
Defence still cause for concern
Despite a strong start to the campaign, Everton have kept just once clean sheet during 2020/21 and that came on the first day of the season.
Mina isn’t a bad player but Ancelotti might start eyeing up another central defensive option which will ultimately lead to there being a fall guy.
Mina needs to start proving to the boss that it shouldn’t be him and the £120,000-a-week star is facing a big few weeks.