Everton could finally be set to ditch their long-term injury liability but at a huge loss…
That’s according to GOAL Brasil reporter Raisa Simplicio, who took to Twitter to issue the following update on Yerry Mina’s future:
“Yerry Mina has a contract with Everton until June 2023 and in January he can already sign a pre-contract with any club.
“The English club will not make an effort to keep the defender and if a proposal arrives, he can be released”.
The Colombian has just six months left on his £120k-per-week deal.
When fit, Mina has been one of the club’s best defenders during his time there, but the issue has remained regarding his fitness and lack of reliability.
This culminated in his continued absence last season, where he truly let his team down when they needed him most.
In a season blighted by protests and fan discontent, the Toffees had slumped into a relegation battle under Rafael Benitez.
Frank Lampard was handed the unenviable task of turning it around, and only secured survival in their penultimate game of the season.
What further exacerbated his importance was outlined in a report made by The Athletic, as they noted how during that campaign their win percentage grew from 19% without him to 36% with him. This was a figure made even more extreme for the season before that, as a win percentage of 58.3% with him in the team dropped to 21.4% without.
Despite this, Noel Whelan still saw fit to claim: “On his day, he can be a fantastic defender. On most days, he looks average.”
Having been relied upon by fans and his coaching staff on numerous occasions, he has constantly found new ways to let them all down with his crippling fitness issues.
As such, his departure will be a welcome sight as they look to reinvest his mammoth wages into some newfound reliability.
He has let the club down with his lack of playtime and has bled the club dry financially along the way.