Expert baffled by 'strange' Nathan Patterson update at Everton - 'something's happened there'
Gabby Agbonlahor has claimed it is “very strange” to see reports of Frank Lampard placing Nathan Patterson on the loan list just six months after his Everton arrival.
The former Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 20-year-old’s performances may not be meeting expectations at Goodison Park.
According to The Sun‘s Alan Nixon (23 July), Frank Lampard wants Patterson to go out on loan in order to play more games this season as he targets a new right-back.
The report claims Championship sides will be “queuing up” to sign the Scotland international on a temporary basis.
Following his arrival in January, Patterson played just 45 minutes for Everton before suffering a season-ending ankle injury in April.
Agbonlahor insisted Everton need to replace the ageing Seamus Coleman, 33, this summer.
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He told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “I don’t understand why they’ve brought him in.
“Maybe they’ve brought him in and he’s just not quite at the level they need. But it’s very strange to sign him from Rangers and now want to loan him out.
“Something has happened there with the manager. Either it’s a falling out or Lampard doesn’t think he is good enough.
“It’s really strange. For Nathan Patterson’s sake, I hope he can find the right club – because he won’t want to be second or third choice at Everton.
“They need a right-back to come in this season, because Seamus Coleman is really getting on now.”
Patterson joined Everton from Rangers in the January window for a reported initial fee of £16million as one of Rafa Benitez’s last acts at Goodison Park.
He has 10 caps for Scotland, scoring once.