Everton will be “willing” to allow their £240k-per-week duo in Yerry Mina and Abdoulaye Doucoure to leave if a bid is to present itself across the January window.
The Lowdown: Sticky Toffee Strugglers
Whilst Yerry Mina has missed 32 games and counting for Everton over the last couple of seasons, Abdoulaye Doucoure has actually been an ever-present figure in the side since joining.
To make matters worse, Doucoure sustained an injury in Everton’s Australian camp, with Mina suffering the same fate.
The Colombian international’s latest injury setback, sustained in the Toffees’ recent friendly fixture against Celtic, will send him back to the treatment table.
It’s a huge setback for a star who has missed 15 of Everton’s games this season through an ankle injury.
The Latest: Brown’s doubt
Journalist Paul Brown has put dampeners on the pair’s futures at the club, with the recent injuries by no means helping matters.
Though, despite their setbacks, the journalist does not believe that boss Frank Lampard will be impacted by the pair’s respective absences.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Brown said: “I actually wonder about the futures of both Yerry Mina and Doucoure, because of their contract situation I think Everton will be willing to accept a bid for either, so I don’t think injuries to those two are a huge issue, really, for the club.”
The Verdict: A tough call
Deciding on the futures of two stars who offer depth when fit makes for a tough call.
Given Mina’s injury woes of recent, a new deal would serve as somewhat of a risk, but so too would allowing his contract to run its course.
A quick-fire January sale could be an option to recoup a bit of money on the former Barcelona asset, but it depends on whether Lampard has the star in his medium-term plans.
It’s the same for Doucoure who has offered an extremely consistent service in midfield for a number of years.
Ultimately, both serve as depth-bolstering options at the very least when fit, so the duo should be kept hold of.