Yerry Mina. A player who, apart from his three-goal haul at the World Cup last summer, has never truly set European football alight with his performances.
The Toffees have a track record of being particularly naive in the market in recent windows. Their expensive, and miscalculated, captures of Davy Klaassen and Morgan Schneiderlin have proven to be awful pieces of business, and their erratic swoop for Mina is starting to look just as bad.
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Signed after his excellent World Cup campaign, as aforementioned, Mina arrived on Merseyside carrying a slight foot injury – Marco Silva had targeted the 16th September for the Colombian’s debut, although it took until the 11th November for Mina to make his full debut.
Since that debut against Chelsea, Mina has managed to make just 12 appearances throughout the Premier League season as injury issues have defined his maiden campaign in English football.
Recently, the 24-year-old has come back into Silva’s starting XI, and has put in some impressive performances, but those came before the international break where Everton received some extremely frustrating news.
Mina sustained an injury to his hamstring during his country’s match against South Korea, a blow which has been described as ‘serious’ for the club and for the player himself.
To spend around £30m on a player who hasn’t even truly proven himself in European football – he made just six appearances for Barcelona – was a truly ludicrous decision by the Toffees and one that is beginning to look extremely foolish.
That isn’t to say that Mina hasn’t impressed when he has made it out onto the pitch, although those showings are becoming too few and far between for Everton to consider their purchase a successful one.