New Everton boss Marco Silva is already beginning to plan how he will turn the Toffees into European hopefuls in the Premier League and, according to Goal, he believes that Barcelona and Colombia central defender Yerry Mina could be the answer.
Reports indicate that the club have made a £21 million bid for the tall defender, who netted against England as Colombia were eliminated in the last 16 of the World Cup, and are in talks with Barcelona over a potential deal.
He’s got huge potential
Signed from Palmeiras in January, Yerry Mina has struggled to adapt to life in Barcelona at first and has failed to impress coach Ernesto Valverde enough to earn regular game time. To date, his chances have been restricted to games with heavy rotation, and that looks unlikely to change.
To earn a move to the Camp Nou, you have to have something special and that is certainly the case for Mina, a 23-year-old who already has 15 caps for Colombia.
There can be no doubt that he is a raw talent, often getting carried away and looking overwhelmed, but with ability on the ball, strong in the tackle and dominant in the air, he could become one of the best around.
He scores goals
With three goals in three World Cup games, all from set pieces, Yerry Mina has already matched 50% of Everton’s tally for such scenarios in all of 2017/18, scoring three goals from crossed free-kicks and three from corners across 38 games.
Tall and a physical figure, what is perhaps most impressive in this regard is his intelligent movement in the box which could give him an advantage alongside the fact that his imposing figure gives him a chance to beat off anyone in his way.
With Ashley Williams likely to move on and Phil Jagielka no longer the player he once was, having a threat from defence at set pieces is something that Everton will be crying out for.
It’s a no lose situation for Everton
Or at least, that’s what many will think. Gerard Deulofeu hardly set the world alight during his spell at Goodison Park, struggling to find consistency, yet the Catalan club still brought him back to Camp Nou at a profit.
Mina could well go on to become a huge hit in the Premier League and if he does, Everton are guaranteed to net a tidy profit. If not, there are certainly far less promising deals on the market at such a price and can live in hope that Barcelona will take a risk.