April 13, 2024

Nathan Patterson can be a ‘real force’ for Everton

Despite falling down Sean Dyche’s pecking order, former Rangers prospect Nathan Patterson is a ‘very popular’ figure around Goodison Park.

  • Nathan Patterson has struggled to make an impact at Everton and has been reduced to a bit-part role, with Ashley Young and Seamus Coleman preferred options at right-back.
  •  The 22-year-old defender has been praised for his high energy and passion for the game, but his defensive positioning needs improvement.
  •  Jarrad Branthwaite, on the other hand, has been impressive for Everton and has attracted interest from top clubs like Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, which could result in a big pay day for Everton.

Everton defender Nathan Patterson has struggled to settle into Goodison Park since his transfer from Rangers, though Paul Brown, while speaking to GIVEMESPORT, sung the youngster’s praises and revealed why he is ‘very popular’ among figures at the club.

In January 2022, Everton parted ways with £16 million for the Glasgow-born right-back and duly offered him a five-and-a-half-year contract at Goodison Park, per Sky Sports. His former side, Rangers, had rejected a duo of tabled bids prior to their agreement, insisting that Everton were not meeting their asking price.

Sean Dyche’s side, despite their 10-point deduction, have become a force to be reckoned with in the English top flight and are currently sitting outside the drop zone. Many Evertonians, however, did expect Patterson to have more of a part to play in this campaign and have been left perplexed as to why he has been reduced to a bit-part role.

Patterson unfancied by Sean Dyche

Barring an 11-game period that Patterson missed between January and March 2023, he was often a key part of the Toffees back line, racking up 19 appearances throughout. 2023/24 started much the same with the 22-year-old not missing a minute in Everton’s first four outings, which, coincidentally, yielded zero victories. Since then, his involvement has been much more hodgepodge with him not starting a game since their 1-0 win over West Ham United.

The £28,000-a-week earner, who has been capped by Scotland on 15 occasions, is clearly not high up on Sean Dyche’s pecking order with the seasoned duo of Ashley Young and Seamus Coleman being his preferred options of late. That said, Brown told GIVEMESPORT – back in September – that both Patterson and Young had ‘quite alarming’ starts to the campaign, with neither really making a case as to why the right-back berth should be considered their own.

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