Heading into the new 2018/19 Premier League season, it was clear for everyone to see that central defence was the weakest area of Everton’s squad.
The recent signings of Ashley Williams — now playing his football at Stoke City — and Michael Keane had simply not worked out.
Meanwhile, at 36 years of age, captain Phil Jagielka has declined massively as a footballer.
As a result, manager Marco Silva moved for Kurt Zouma and Yerry Mina with the latter yet to feature for Everton.
Mina has only just returned from injury but, now that he is finally available for selection following his transfer from Barcelona over the summer, much will be expected of the 24-year-old once he steps onto the pitch in a blue shirt.
Mina impressed in the World Cup for Colombia — scoring three brilliant headers including in his side’s knockout round defeat to England — and possesses the sort of attributes that should give Everton the boost in defence they have needed for some time.
At 6’5″, £27m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Mina is often unrivalled when going up for headers. Alongside Kurt Zouma, who is also very dominant in his aerial duels, Everton should be one of the most defensively sturdy teams in the Premier League when it comes to dealing with crosses.
Ultimately, despite not playing a single minute yet for the Toffees, Mina’s addition looks a terrific one.
However, given his ability, once he gets a run in the team, it is likely to be only a matter of time before Mina’s Everton future already starts to come into question.
Upon his arrival at Everton, it was reported by many publications — including the Daily Mail — that Barcelona had included a £54m buy-back clause into the deal which saw Mina leave the Camp Nou for Goodison Park.
And given that Barcelona have shown in the past a willingness to trigger such clauses after re-signing the likes of Gerard Deulofeu and Denis Suarez, it would not be a surprise to see Mina back in Spain the moment Ernesto Valverde decides he needs a new central defender.
Interest in Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt (via Goal) will give Everton hope that Barcelona will not return for Mina. But the fact that the clause is there means it cannot be ruled out.