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Silva should think twice before giving Mina his first Everton start versus Chelsea

Silva should think twice before giving Mina his first Everton start versus Chelsea

Everton will be looking to build on their recent 3-1 Premier League win over Brighton when they take on Chelsea next Sunday at Stamford Bridge.

The Toffees, however, will be without Kurt Zouma for the upcoming fixture with the Frenchman ineligible to play against his parent club.

As a result, Marco Silva could now hand Yerry Mina his first start of the season when his side make the trip to west London.

The Breakdown

While no decision has yet to be made, the Portuguese coach hinted that Mina could come into the team now he has fully recovered from his injury in Zouma’s absence for the clash at Stamford Bridge.

“It is important,” Silva told the Liverpool Echo after being asked about giving Mina his Everton debut in the club’s victory over Brighton.

“It was a good moment for him to feel the Premier League for the first time and for him to feel our blue shirt for the first time as well. Not just because it is possible he will play the next match but I just felt they could create some problems for us from set-pieces and they were playing with two upfront.”

Based on Silva’s words, it would not be a surprise to see Mina on the Stamford Bridge pitch from the start this Sunday and, given the current circumstances, it would also be understandable if such a decision is made.

That being said, Silva should also consider some other options on the basis that throwing £27m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Mina into the starting XI could easily backfire.

New to the league and lacking match sharpness, the Colombian could easily be pinpointed as a weakness in the team before being exploited by an in-form Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata.

With that in mind, Silva may be better off looking elsewhere rather than hand Mina what could end up being an unfair and impossible task.

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