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Yerry Mina showing for Colombia surely hands Holgate the initiative at Everton

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Yerry Mina showing for Colombia surely hands Holgate the initiative at Everton

Yerry Mina’s time as a starter for Everton may be coming to an end for the time being, with his form starting to wane.

The former Barcelona man was benched by Carlo Ancelotti for the Toffees’ last game against Manchester United, with Mason Holgate lining up alongside Michael Keane in a four-man defence.

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Mina was handed a start for Colombia against Uruguay though by Carlos Queiroz, but it was a night to forget for the  26-year-old.

They were comfortably beaten 3-0 at the Estadio Metropolitano, with Mina enduring something of a nightmare.

Sofascore statistics indicate Mina lost possession 13 times and committed three fouls.

 

Those fouls led to two bookings and a subsequent sending off to cap off a miserable night for the colossus, who may now find himself warming the bench back at Goodison Park.

TBR’s View – Holgate back on top

£27 million signing Mina (BBC Sport) enjoyed a relatively good start to the season alongside Keane, although the Englishman was probably playing at a level just above the South American.

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But during Everton’s last few results Mina has looked a little shaky, with Sofascore rating him 6.5 against Newcastle, 6.7 against Southampton and 5.7 against Liverpool.

Ancelotti decided to replace him with £25,000-a-week star Holgate (Spotrac) against United, and following his iffy showing for Colombia, he may now struggle to win back his place.

Ancelotti has previously used all three centre-backs with wing-backs, but that system seems unlikely this term, and Holgate seems the likeliest player to partner Keane going forwards with Ben Godfrey still settling in.

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