Danny Mills has backed Everton defender Yerry Mina to bounce back from his disappointing first season at Goodison Park.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds and England full-back says that the Colombian international showed his weaknesses before arriving on Merseyside during the 2018 World Cup, criticising the centre-back’s positioning at times.
The 24-year-old endured a difficult debut season in the Premier League, having joined the Toffees from Barcelona, with injury and form limiting him to just 13 top flight appearances, another two FA Cup outings making it 15 games in England.
Mills says that the warning signs were there for Everton last summer but has still backed the South American star to come good under the leadership of Marco Silva.
Asked if the Colombian had lived up to expectation, Mills told Football Insider: “No, he’s obviously been injured for a lot and hasn’t played a lot of football. When I watched him in the World Cup, there were clearly deficiencies in some of his positional play, Davinson Sanchez bailing him out.
“He’s got to learn, it’s a different culture, different way of playing, different type of players he’s playing against week in, week out. He’s got to adapt, learn to cope with that.
“I’m sure he will, that’s what good players do. He’s been at a very good club before, different high standards, different expectations. I’m pretty sure he will soon learn. It often takes six to nine months for players to come in from abroad.”
A foot injury kept Mina out of action until November 2018 after his summer signing before going on to start eight out of ten games over the winter period, which included his only Everton goal to date versus Burnley.
However, he has featured just four times since the turn of 2019, a hamstring problem forcing him to the sidelines for much of the second half of the campaign.
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