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Everton’s Yerry Mina signing hasn’t worked out

Everton have been nothing short of rock solid this season, with the summer additions of Conor Coady and James Tarkowski paramount to transforming a defence that last season conceded 66 into statistically the best in the league.

At the start of the summer that would have seemed an impossible task without Yerry Mina available, as he was widely recognised as their best centre-back.

Would you now sell Yerry Mina?

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Yes

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Last season the Colombian boasted a 59.1% win percentage when he played, the best at the club, and the Toffees averaged one clean sheet in three with him starting.

When he was signed in 2018 off the back of an impressive World Cup, snatching him from Barcelona for £28.5m seemed like solid business to bring in a domineering defender who would act as an instant leader.

However, six years later and the 28-year-old, despite his importance last term, has been somewhat of a disastrous signing as he has managed just 92 appearances for the club due to various injuries.

When he went down with his most recent injury in their opening day defeat to Chelsea, there was a collective groan let out around Goodison Park, but almost a depressed chuckle shared by Evertonians who were so used to the sight of him being dragged off early.

However, the defensive reinforcements brought in this summer have led to the 6 foot 5 goliath becoming almost obsolete on Merseyside; many wonder where he might fit in when, or if he ever gets fit.

For a player brought in for such big money, who is currently sitting on a mammoth £120k-per-week, to not be the first name on the team sheet is criminal.

Due to his various elongated spells on the treatment table, his CIES Football Observatory value has unsurprisingly plummeted to just €5m (£4.3m).

Other than Jean-Philippe Gbamin, few of Farhad Moshiri’s numerous transfer blunders have been quite as financially draining as Mina with regards to the return the club have received.

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Everton's Richarlison celebrates scoring their first goal

Firstly, where did Everton finish in the Premier League?

When fit, he could certainly be a dependable option to fight amongst the two England stoppers they currently have and Ben Godfrey. The issue remains, however, that he is never fit.

Having cost the club a total fee of around £59.5m including his wages, he must go down as one of Moshiri’s biggest disasters. A classic case of what could have been if injuries had not ravaged his career at Goodison Park.

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