Yerry Mina continued to impress for Everton this season with a strong showing against West Ham in the Premier League over the weekend. The Colombian has started this season reasonably well, considering the club’s generally poor form, and deserves credit for turning things around after last season’s struggles.
Signed from Barcelona for a reported (Sky Sports) £27.2 million last summer, it came after an impressive World Cup with his nation in Russia.
However, Mina also suffered an injury at the tournament and failed to recover his full fitness for some time after his Everton transfer.
He went on to struggle to usurp Kurt Zouma as Michael Keane’s partner but this year it is Mina who looks the strongest centre-back at the club.
But there is one area where he should be bringing more to the Everton team. Weirdly, it is actually in the opposing box.
Mina should be a regular goalscoring defender for Everton. His attacking prowess in the air was evident throughout Everton’s win over West Ham on Saturday.
Unfortunately, he could never get the power or precision right to truly trouble the opposing goalkeeper.
So far, Mina has just one goal for Everton but it is clear he has the ability to be a potent threat in the opposing box. If he could become a goalscoring centre-back it would give Everton an extra edge that they have not had since Joleon Lescott was popping up regularly a decade ago.
Hopefully, the Colombian powerhouse can start becoming a real goal threat going forward.