Everton have had to work with minimal finances in the ongoing transfer window and it’s so far led them to a grand total of four new acquisitions.
Demarai Gray remains the most impressive capture after his first goal for the club last weekend but there is still plenty of work for the Toffees to undertake.
One of the biggest priorities this summer has been addressing their limited options at right-back.
The last name on the right-back shortlist is Rangers youngster Nathan Patterson.
The 19-year-old is behind Marcus Tavernier in the pecking order at Ibrox and Benitez looks keen to capitalise on that.
According to The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell, they made an offer for the defender that went in on Friday.
However, fresh reports believe that bid was actually rejected.
After missing out on Dumfries to Inter Milan, supporters had every right to be frustrated.
We know the Toffees don’t have much to spend this summer but the Dutch wing-back only moved for a total of around €12.5m.
In a regular window, that would have been a piece of cake for Everton who are used to spending hefty sums.
Focusing on Buta as an alternative hardly pulled up any trees but Patterson seems to fit the bill more.
The teenager already has experience of British football and has the commitment and will to learn that would enthuse those who watch him play at Goodison Park.
Capped two times by Scotland, Patterson doesn’t actually have too much experience under his belt. The full-back has only played for Rangers on 17 occasions but has caught the eye when taking to the field.
He was described as “outstanding” by David Weir after an Old Firm derby last term, hailed for his ability to play without any fear.
Coleman is a fearless character at full-back and if they can eventually replace him with a player of a similar personality, it should make the Irishman’s departure a seamless one.
That provides another reason for fans to be pleased about their interest in the youngster but the main point is that he can defend and attack astutely.
During Rangers’ Europa League campaign last season, Patterson won a mightily impressive 2.3 tackles and made 1.5 interceptions a match.
Furthermore, the full-back has produced 0.8 key passes in the Scottish Premiership so far this term.
He is a rampant threat down the right-hand side and possesses all the energy that made Coleman such a wily character during his prime.