Former Everton defender Michael Ball has told Football FanCast in an exclusive interview that Michael Keane and Yerry Mina’s lack of pace is causing his old side issues.
The two central defenders have both been regulars at the back under manager Carlo Ancelotti, trying to build a wall to aid Everton’s push for European football.
Ball, however, has his concerns with the central defensive partnership, believing it to be too slow. Speaking exclusively to FFC about the pairing, the retired full-back said:
“I think Everton’s failures this season is how deep we have played because of the lack of pace of Michael Keane and Yerry Mina.
They play very, very deep, which is ok to defend as a unit, but it makes it difficult for our midfield. And our lack of legs in midfield, other opposition teams can bully us in those areas and cause us a lot of problems.
“We’ve had to play so deep because of the lack of pace.”
If the above is a concern that Ancelotti also shares, then the Italian could look to address it by using the transfer market this summer.
According to the reliable Fabrizio Romano, signing a new centre-back before the start of next season is currently a priority for the Merseyside club.