Former Rangers youngster Nathan Patterson could be set for his first Everton start as early as this weekend if the comments from manager Rafa Benitez during the pre-match press conference ahead of the FA Cup tie are to be believed.
Patterson sealed a move to Everton for a club-record fee and as sad as it is to see him move on, it is ultimately the correct decision. The chance to play in the Premiership is an excellent opportunity for the 20-year-old.
With the Merseyside club struggling at the moment, a chance could present itself to Patterson ahead of the weekend clash against Hull City in the FA Cup.
“We know both players well and know about their potential,” Benitez said about Patterson and fellow new signing Vitaliy Mykolenko [Everton].
“The first training season for them was to settle down and on Thursday it was much better, more communication with their teammates. Both players want to do well and perform.
“Are they ready? We will see. If we have to play them, they can play.” Said the Everton boss.
These words can only boost the defender’s confidence as he looks to impress at his new club and stamp his authority on the right-back slot.
Everton are currently languishing in 15th place in the Premier League. For a club with its resources and fanbase, it has been a poor start. They should avoid relegation, but this is a side that under Benitez, should be challenging for a European spot.
If Patterson does start against Hull, then expect him to put in a solid performance. The youngster is a generational talent and Everton may have got themselves a bargain.