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Update On The Future Of This Everton Defender: Should Lampard Sanction His Departure?

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In a recent report, Torcedores offered an update on the future of Everton defender Yerry Mina who is gathering interest from Flamengo. It is believed that the Toffees have offered the Colombian centre-back to the Brazilian club following his injury-plagued season at Merseyside.

Mina’s Growing Injury Problems At Merseyside

Mina has struggled to give a good account of himself after missing a lot of games during this campaign due to injury. The 27-year-old has registered one goal in 11 matches for the Toffees this season across various competitions.

Still, the South American sensation deserves some credit for averaging 0.9 tackles, 0.9 interceptions and 2.7 clearances per game in Premier League football. He has even been careful when distributing the ball from the back based on his pass success rate of 80.6% in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JANUARY 22: Yerry Mina of Everton looks on during the warm up prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Aston Villa at Goodison Park on January 22, 2022 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Should Everton Boss Frank Lampard Sanction Mina’s Departure This Summer?

Mina can be a rock at the back when he is playing regularly and with confidence on the pitch. He can use his powerful 1.95m frame to dominate the opposition in the air and is a solid tackler of the ball.

The Colombia international can time his challenges well to earn the ball back for his side and doesn’t mind clearing the danger when the opposition are on the offensive. He is even proficient at playing his way out from the back.

At 27, Mina is enjoying the peak years of his playing career at the moment. However, frequent injuries have hampered his progress at the blue half of Merseyside. The player can definitely benefit from a change of scenery as it will give an opportunity to make a fresh start and get his career back on track. Thus, it makes sense for Everton boss Frank Lampard to sanction the talented centre-half’s departure in the summer.

The Toffees have currently got Michael Keane, Mason Holgate, Ben Godfrey and Jarrad Branthwaite fighting for a regular starting spot at Goodison Park. Therefore, Lampard has got enough depth in his squad to cope with Mina’s exit as long as he can keep hold of his other defensive options in the off-season.

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