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Yerry Mina must step up with two new threats to his Everton starting berth

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Yerry Mina must step up with two new threats to his Everton starting berth

Everton defender Yerry Mina is facing a test at Goodison Park, with two candidates now waiting in the wings to take his place.

The Colombian has played every single minute for the Toffees in the Premier League so far, scoring one goal and helping the side to one clean sheet.

The South American colossus made a really bright start with a solid display against Tottenham Hotspur.

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He also had good games against Brighton and Crystal Palace.

Largely he’s been solid through the first six league games, although Michael Keane has probably overshadowed his centre-back partner so far.

Now though, Everton are ready to welcome Mason Holgate back into the first-team picture.


The youngster has been unable to feature so far this term due to a toe problem, but is in line to make the squad this weekend to face Newcastle United after returning to training (Liverpool Echo).

Carlo Ancelotti also has Ben Godfrey as an option, and all of a sudden, there’s real competition for places – specifically Mina’s.

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There are now two excellent potential replacements breathing down Mina’s neck at Everton and hopefully the former Barcelona man can respond well to the challenge.

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Holgate was used quite often last term by Carlo Ancelotti who clearly likes the 24-year-old.

Godfrey has had to cover at right-back a couple of times so far since joining the club for £25 million (BBC Sport), but his qualities as a centre-back are well known from his time at Norwich City.

With Keane really kicking on, one would think if anyone is going to lose his starting berth it’d be Mina and so it’s vital for him to shine to stay at the top of the pecking order.

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