Yerry Mina was an exciting addition to the Everton squad in the summer, but he has spent the majority of the campaign on the sidelines.
The defender moved to Goodison Park from Barcelona, but injury has delayed his progress.
For most of the season so far, manager Marco Silva has opted for a centre-back partnership of Michael Keane and Kurt Zouma.
On Sunday, the Portuguese coach brought Mina into the first XI as Zouma is not permitted to play against his parent club Chelsea, who sent the defender to Everton on a season-long loan arrangement.
Mina put in a positive display at Stamford Bridge as he helped Everton restrict the Blues to a goalless draw.
Silva now has the international break to mull over his options, but some fans have already begun discussing whether now is the time for Mina to overtake Zouma permanently.
Everton’s first match after the international break will be a home match against Cardiff City on November 24.