Noel Whelan has given his reaction to some Everton injury news that has now emerged involving Yerry Mina.
The Lowdown: Stepping up recovery
They are next due to play West Ham United away from home in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, and while Mina is unlikely to be ready by then, he will be desperate to return to the squad for the remaining games of the season, with Dinnery’s website tracking the middle of April as a likely return date.
The Latest: Whelan reacts
“Yerry Mina has been a bit like Marmite in recent years, you either love him or you hate him.
“But what he does give you is that real defensive presence and Everton need that. We know he carries a real threat from set pieces as well.
“He’s so experienced and he’s been at the club for a very long time. When you’re down at the bottom of the table, you need options.
“With the poor form of Michael Keane, Frank Lampard has had nowhere to turn to in order to replace him. He will have that option again when Mina comes back.
“He’s a player who is going to be very important in the run-in. He’s inconsistent, but on his day he can really dominate a game.”
The Verdict: Lampard needs him
The Toffees have been shipping far too many goals of late, with no fewer than 11 conceded in total in their last four matches over all competitions, and so Frank Lampard needs Mina back in order to steady the backline.
Should Mina play ahead of Holgate or Keane at Everton?
Standing at a mammoth six-foot-five-inches tall, the Colombia international is certainly an imposing central defender, emphasised by him winning 2.6 of his aerial duels per game on average in the top flight, only bettered by Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Michael Keane for the Blues.
Four of their seven wins in the division have come when he is playing, suggesting that they are a better team with him in it, and so Lampard will no doubt want him back available as soon as possible.
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