The Chalkboard: Yerry Mina must start every remaining game this season

Everton defender Yerry Mina must start every remaining game for the Toffees this season after his colossal performance against Chelsea, but also because of the uncertainty over the future of loan star Kurt Zouma.

What’s the story so far?

Well, since signing from Barcelona back in the summer for a huge £27m fee, Mina has made just 14 appearances as a result of injury issues and a struggle to dislodge Kurt Zouma and Michael Keane from the starting eleven – 11 of those 14 games have been starts.

To spend such a fee on one player, the Toffees need to be starting the Colombian international when he is available for selection. As we saw against Chelsea on Sunday, a game that he was only playing in as Zouma was ineligible to face his parent side, Mina can be very, very good.

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His composure on the ball and dominant physical skills make him an ideal modern-day centre-back, and one that should be trusted more by Marco Silva.

Should be favoured over Zouma anyway

French international Zouma is set to return to Chelsea in the summer at the expiry of his loan deal, and with the Blues set to be under a transfer ban for the next two windows, one would assume that it will be unlikely for the Toffees to get him back.

So, as a result of that, Everton are simply nurturing Chelsea’s 24-year-old player and aiding his development, all whilst their own 24-year-old sits on the bench.

The Merseysiders are being foolish with their treatment of Mina, as he is unlikely to get to grips with English football and adapt whilst out of the side – Everton would be better placed throwing the South American defender into the team even if he does make a mistake or two, for it would benefit them more in the long term.

Zouma isn’t Everton’s player, and it feels unlikely that they’ll be able to get him back, so Silva must start putting his own first in the final few games of the season.