Former Rangers defender Nathan Patterson faces up to his second manager at Everton in the space of a few weeks after Rafa Benitez was sacked this afternoon by the Toffees after a string of poor results.
The Scotland international moved to Goodison Park earlier this month for a club-record sale but is yet to make his first-team debut for Everton, having twice been named on the bench for Benitez’s side.
Defeat by Norwich City yesterday afternoon brought an end to an underwhelming spell on the blue side of Stanley Park, having been such a success as Liverpool manager previously.
The Spaniard was only appointed as Carlo Ancelotti’s replacement in the summer but Everton will now look for a new boss to help them climb up the Premier League table.
For Patterson, there will be an anxious wait to see who the new manager is but there is a huge opportunity for the Rangers Academy graduate to impress and force his way into the starting XI.
Patterson was handed a bit of a snub by the now-former Everton boss yesterday when he replaced Seamus Coleman with Yerry Mina and moved Ben Godfrey in to right-back.
While his lack of experience may have counted against him for Benitez as his job hung in the balance, any new manager may look at the defender as a strong option to put his own stamp on the Toffees.
There’s no doubting the talent Patterson has and, while nobody expected him to walk into the first-team, Benitez’ exit will probably end up benefitting him in the long-run.
Former Rangers striker Duncan Ferguson is likely to take charge of Everton in the short-term and may look to introduce Patterson to the first-team and get him some minutes before the arrival of a new permanent boss.
His performances at Euro 2020 for Scotland and in the Europa League will help him out too – but he’ll no doubt catch the eye in training as he looks to build on his impressive breakthrough for club and country over the last 18 months.