Everton face Brighton this weekend at Goodison Park and Marco Silva must consider giving Yerry Mina his debut.
Mina arrived from Barcelona in the summer but is yet to play his first game for the Toffees.
Injuries held back his progress and Silva has been reluctant to throw him into the deep end since his return.
But it is time to drop Kurt Zouma and partner Mina with Michael Keane as this should be the long-term aim.
The 24-year-old stands at 6ft 5in tall, making him an aerial presence. And he showed his worth in the World Cup for Colombia.
Alongside 6ft 3in 25-year-old Keane, Everton could have a blossoming centre-half partnership for years to come.
But there is another more pressing reason why Silva must give Mina his debut against Brighton.
Everton’s game against Brighton is followed up by an away trip to Chelsea. Zouma, on loan from Chelsea, will be unavailable for this clash.
Mina will therefore be playing against the Blues but this would be a baptism of fire in the Premier League.
Surely it is more sensible to blood him in with a game against lesser opposition before he faces the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro.
Mina must take over from Zouma against Brighton to give him a taste of Premier League football before he is tested against Chelsea.