Paul Robinson showered Everton defender Yerry Mina with praise after his performance in the 2-1 win over Southampton on Saturday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Tottenham and Blackburn goalkeeper claimed Mina was a leader at the back for the Toffees in their latest outing and even added that he thought the Colombian led teammate Mason Holgate to a good game.

Mina has played all but 90 minutes of the Toffees’ Premier League campaign, with him only missing the 3-2 loss to Brighton due to a knee injury.

Robinson stated that he thought Mina was outstanding and suggested that Marco Silva had made a conscious attempt to make his side more solid at the back.

When asked about Mina’s performance against the Saints, Robinson told Football Insider: “I thought Everton showed a lot of character at the weekend in what was potentially a very very tough game.

“They’ve had problems at centre-half, Michael Keane has been indifferent and that has cost him his place for club and country, and they’ve been conceding far too many goals from set-pieces, which you think they could put right.

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“But I think Mina was outstanding, I thought he was leader, he was strong, he led Holgate who had a very good game as well, and the first thing you do when you’re struggling is you try to build results off solidity by being hard to beat and they were.”

Mina has been at Goodison Park since August 2018 and is contracted to stay with the club until 2023 after signing a five-year deal upon joining.

The 25-year-old has only played a total of 28 times for the club after an injury-hit debut season which saw him miss several games due to a foot injury before a hamstring issue ruled him out.

In other Everton news, it can be REVEALED that a 25-year-old wants to quit his loan mid-season and return to Goodison Park.