By Kevin Phillips

10th Jan, 2022 | 8:09pm

Pundit hails Everton after 'yet another' starlet in line to sign following Patterson and Mykolenko deals

Everton deserve credit for adopting a youth-geared approach in the transfer market.

So says ex-Premier League goalscorer Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Toffees’ January business so far.

Everton announced the signing of 22-year-old left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko from Dynamo Kiev on New Year’s Day.

They followed that up with the signing of 20-year-old right-back Nathan Patterson from Rangers, who was unveiled last Tuesday (4 December).

And an Everton source told this site last Friday (7 January) that they are also plotting a move for Man United midfielder James Garner, 20.

Garner, whose United contract expires in 2024, is currently impressing on loan at Championship outfit Nottingham Forest.

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Phillips applauded apparent Everton’s decision to pivot away from older big-name signings and target rising stars instead.

“They’ve tried other ways and it hasn’t worked,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

“They’re having a tough time and it’s time to go down the route of giving young players a chance.

“It’s all about getting players who are a good age who you know you are going to get longevity out of.

“In terms of assets, they can be worth a lot more than what they’ve paid for them. You have to say fair play because this is yet another example of that.

“If that’s the model they’re choosing to follow, you have to hold your hands up and say fair enough.

“Patterson looks a really good prospect. It’ll be interesting to see how he gets on in the Premier League. He will be tested a lot more than he did up there.

Everton are currently 15th in the Premier League.

Mykolenko played in the 3-2 FA Cup win over Hull City last Saturday (8 December), while Patterson is still waiting for his debut.

In other news, Lucas Digne set to undergo Aston Villa medical after bid accepted by Everton.