May 15, 2024

Everton must have MASSIVE regret for selling £27m ace who Richarlison loved 😍💪

Over recent years, the list of regrets made by Everton has grown to a ridiculous length.

From managerial mistakes, the purchasing of players unfit to wear the shirt or just the general financial faux paus, of which there have been plenty, fans of this historic club have been subjected to a torrid past few campaigns.

Whilst a few heroes did emerge from the mire to save the Toffees, far more villains were created, as duds who were blamed for leading the club into such a perilous position.

However, someone who trod that fine line was Yerry Mina, who despite being a lucrative acquisition who spent the bulk of his time in Merseyside on the treatment table, remained a well-liked figure.

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Signed under Marco Silva for just over £27m, the towering centre-back had just enjoyed a fine World Cup campaign with Colombia. So, trading Barcelona for Goodison Park marked a strange backwards step in a career showing promise.

However, it quickly became clear why the Catalan giants were so keen to offload him, with those aforementioned ailments starting early and persisting relentlessly.

How good was Yerry Mina for Everton?

Everton should have known what would happen with Mina from the start, given he was unable to feature in the first few games after signing as he joined with a pre-existing injury.

Over the course of his career with the club, he would suffer approximately another ten injuries of varying severity.

Often unavailable in key moments, his absence was made even more frustrating by the quality he showcased when fit.

After all, one report by The Athletic showcased how their win rate during the 2020/21 season rose from just 27 to 56.1 when the 29-year-old started.

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Richarlison, another cult hero at the club, would even suggest he was the ‘best defender’ on Instagram back in 2021, echoing Michael Ball’s suggestion that he was a ‘monster’.

Although his £120k-per-week wage was exorbitant for someone so unreliable, allowing his free exit in the summer just gone seemed somewhat unwise even with Jarrad Branthwaite’s emergence.

Perhaps they might have offered him a shorter deal with a cheaper salary in order to account for moments like now.

This weekend poses an opportunity for Everton to win their fourth straight Premier League game for the first time in years. However, they are blighted by the suspension of Branthwaite, and the potential injury to Michael Keane.

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Ben Godfrey emerges as the outstanding stand-in, but even he has failed to make a single league start this season.

Surely, in moments like this, Sean Dyche must be feeling like he might have made a mistake by not pushing harder to tie down Mina and offer the depth needed to mitigate such crises.

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