Since Sean Dyche took over from Frank Lampard at Everton, Yerry Mina, the only senior centre-back yet to play, has been left out of the team for over a month, writes the GN.
Despite Dyche making changes to the squad, including dropping Conor Coady and playing Ben Godfrey at left-back, Mina has not been given any game time to prove his worth.
In the past, Mina has been a regular starter or played every other game for the team when he was fit, but his fitness has been a concern for over a year. Although he has been fit enough to be included in matchday squads, it seems that Dyche is intentionally excluding him from the team.
This may be because the club has decided not to renew Mina’s contract, a stance that has not changed under Dyche. With his contract running out at the end of the season, Mina may no longer make matchday line-ups unless there is a major injury crisis.
Dyche’s decision to leave Mina out may be an unpopular one, but it sends a message to players that attitude is crucial, and those who do not have the right attitude may not be at Everton for long.