April 13, 2024

Sean Dyche could ease big Everton injury blow by starting 22-year-old v Chelsea.


With Everton returning to action so soon after their last result, the Goodison Park crowd are set to be treated to a quickfire double helping of their revitalised side within the same week.


Having dealt with Newcastle United in emphatic fashion, claiming a well-earned 3-0 victory, attention immediately turned to today’s clash with Chelsea. After all, they had no time to even enjoy the win with the Christmas period so relentless.


Whilst many from Thursday’s win impressed, with the bulk of those who featured faultless, the returning Seamus Coleman was a true standout as he reinforced his status as a consummate professional and a top athlete.


Having not featured since his injury in May, the Ireland international was imperious up against an in-form Anthony Gordon, silencing the 22-year-old on his return to Merseyside.


However, due to that lack of game time, the 35-year-old pulled up after just 65 minutes.


It would have been a miracle if he had enjoyed a turnaround in order to be ready today, but fortunately, he already boasts a readymade replacement.


Who could replace Seamus Coleman at Everton?

With Ashley Young forced into a more offensive role due to various absentees, at last, the 38-year-old was moved out of the full-back role which has drawn widespread scrutiny.


Therefore, when Coleman did go off, it finally allowed Nathan Patterson his moment to impress.


And, to be fair to the Scotsman, that is exactly what he did.

The 22-year-old showcased his fine athleticism and endeavour to maintain the solidity within the backline, before playing a key role in the incisive retention of the ball that led to Everton‘s final goal.


In fact, it was his through ball that set Beto free, allowing him to slide home a third.


Despite only being on the pitch for 23 minutes, the former Rangers man managed two clearances, lost possession just three times, and added the perfect ending to an otherwise outstanding night with his assist, via Sofascore.


It offered a mere glimpse of the potential they are still set to gain from the £16m man, who has been branded a ‘diamond’ in the past by pundit Danny Murphy.


Although not quite as solid or intelligent as Coleman, it is clear that his attacking prowess, physicality and pace all make up for his absence.


Against the likes of Cole Palmer, it should mark a fine battle down that right flank as Patterson once again tries to stake a starting claim in the Premier League.



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