The Goodison Park faithful have a player debut on the horizon, as summer signing Yerry Mina nears a return to full fitness.
Mina excelled at the World Cup with Colombia, putting his advert firmly in the shop window as Barcelona looked to cash-in on the developing player they rarely utilised in his only season in Spain.
The 24-year-old’s key performances in Russia paved the way for the Camp Nou outcast to forge the next chapter of his career in England, returning the Catalan club a tidy profit in the process.
Though, since his transfer, Everton are yet to have his services in their locker due to a foot injury he held when signing. But that may soon change, with Mina expected to be fit come October 21, according to Premier Injuries.
Everton will be looking for the Guachené born player to make an immediate mark for himself, having paid out a sizeable figure for someone that has rarely played top club-level football.
The colossal height Mina possesses made him unsuitable for Barcelona’s high backline as he lacked the pace needed to defend close to the opposition half. Yet, standing at 6 foot 5 makes the Colombian a threat at set pieces, where he stood out most of all at the World Cup.
Each goal scored kept his name on the lips of supporters cheering his country on to the Round of 16, where only a penalty shoot-out against England brought a halt to their tournament.
It was even Mina that scored against his now team-mate, Jordan Pickford, in order for the tie to go beyond 90 minutes, as he found the back of the net in the depths of added time with his third goal in successive matches – becoming the first defender since 1966 to score three headed goals in a World Cup.
With a desire to see a return on the club’s investment, Kurt Zouma may find his position in the Toffees line-up at risk, given the French defender is only on loan from Chelsea.
Zouma joined the Merseyside squad on the back of relegation with Stoke, looking to re-establish himself. But it is unlikely Marco Silva would favour the 23-year-old over the club’s own Michael Keane, 25, and Mina once fit.
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