Everton boss Marco Silva has demanded ‘more consistency’ from defender Yerry Mina, as the defender seeks to establish himself in the team at Goodison Park.
Colombian centre-back Mina moved to Merseyside in a £27m deal last summer, but has failed to cement a position in Silva’s side making just eight league starts.
The 24-year-old is likely to be handed a rare start when Everton face Chelsea on Sunday, with on-loan Kurt Zouma ineligible to face his parent club and Phil Jagielka out injured.
“What I ask to see from him is more consistency at Finch Farm. The first thing I hope is to see Yerry Mina working every day until the end of the season,” Silva said.
“His first season in the Premier League is completely different to everything that he had in his career playing in Colombia and after in Brazil and after in one club like Barcelona.
“Everything is completely different with what is happening in the Premier League.
“But he can get to be a really important player for us. We believe in him and we spent the money on him because we believed in that moment he could be a very good solution for us.
“He has to adapt as soon as possible, as fast as possible to this competition, to the big challenges he will have every single match.
“But he has to be more consistent here and he has to have some luck (with injuries).”