By Frank McAvennie

9th Aug, 2022 | 11:10am

Pundit suggests Nathan Patterson transfer twist after confirmed Everton news

Frank McAvennie has claimed it is up to Nathan Patterson to hold onto his place in the Everton starting XI.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former West Ham and Scotland striker said it will do Patterson “the world of good” to have been given the chance to start for the Toffees.

The 20-year-old was in the starting line-up for Everton’s opening Premier League game against Chelsea.

The Scotland international played the full 90 minutes as his side lost 1-0 to the Blues.

According to FootballScotland (25 July), the right-back’s agent revealed that a move away from Goodison Park has “never been considered” for the 20-year-old despite reports claiming Frank Lampard was keen to send him on loan.

Patterson has five years left on his contract with the Merseyside club after joining from Rangers in January for £12million.

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When asked for his assessment of Patterson’s inclusion in the Everton team, McAvennie told Football Insider: “It’s going to do him the world of good.

The manager has put his faith in him and given him the chance and I don’t think he didn’t do too badly by all accounts. The more he plays the better he’ll get.

There’s a lot of boys who go down from Scotland to England and they take their time to establish themselves in the team. Once they get in they stay in.

Everton have built him up and made him into a player that can hold onto the ball. He’s a lot stronger and fitter. He’s had his chance it’s now down to him whether he keeps that spot or not.

In other news, an ex-Fifa official has lambasted Abdoulaye Doucoure as controversial Everton footage analysed.