According to a report from The Liverpool Echo, Everton are interested in bringing Barcelona and Colombia defender Yerry Mina to Goodison Park this summer. The 23-year-old only made the move to the Nou Camp back in January but has since struggled for regular first team football, although a fine World Cup with his country appears to have attracted the interest of new Toffees boss Marco Silva.
And were the Merseysiders to indeed seal a deal for the £8.1 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt), it might finally rid them of the awful Ashley Williams.
Ultimately, the 33-year-old has endured a tough time at Goodison Park since his move from Swansea City back in 2016, with the centre back one of the most highly rated defenders in the Premier League during his time at the Liberty Stadium.
And after captaining Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, there was genuine optimism among our resident Evertonians that Williams could well strengthen and indeed sort out their backline. But it simply hasn’t worked out like that.
While there have been some decent moments from the 33-year-old, he has simply failed to replicate his Swansea and Wales form in the blue of Everton, with the defender often guilty of costly mistakes over the course of the last few seasons.
Yes, not all of Everton’s defensive woes can be pinned on the centre back, but their record last season makes for grim reading for the vast majority of their defenders, with the Toffees shipping 58 goals in their 38 Premier League games.
Significantly, things are particularly grim for Williams as the centre back was omitted from Sam Allardyce’s matchday squad from their final nine matches of the campaign, and in that time the Merseysiders won four, lost just two, conceded only nine goals, and kept four clean sheets.
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Thus, the Toffees appeared to defend better without the 33-year-old in the latter stages of the campaign, and they will surely be even stronger at the back were Mina, scorer of three goals in Colombia’s run to the last 16 of the World Cup, to make the move to Goodison Park.
And with the likes of young duo Michael Keane and Mason Holgate at the club, Mina’s arrival would also be a nod to the long term, of which Williams simply isn’t a part of given his age, but also the fact that he just a year left on his contract.
As such, Everton could finally get rid of the 33-year-old if they strike a deal for Barcelona’s Mina this summer.
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