Everton might’ve just splashed out on signing Rangers star Nathan Patterson but the £16m right-back watched on from the bench as his new side pipped Hull in a five-goal thriller.
The Toffees have agreed a deal with Rangers that will see them pay £12m for Nathan Patterson with another £4m in add-ons dependent on the 20-year-old’s success.
But before Nathan’s Everton career gets underway under fire Goodison Park boss Rafa Benitez got a vital FA Cup victory over Hull City with Andros Townsend’s extra-time winner good enough to win any game.
Everton actually preferred failed Celtic loanee Jonjoe Kenny at right wing-back for the match with Seamus Coleman – the club’s other right-back – starting on the right side of a back three.
We’re sure Nathan Patterson will be in the starting line up before long but this shape perhaps gives an inclination as to how Rafa is going to get the ex-Rangers kid into his Everton team.
But whilst Nathan didn’t start the game – even if he was named on the bench – new £17m Everton signing Vitaly Mykolenko did get the shout at left wing-back.
Nathan Patterson watches on as Everton teammates rescue FA Cup dream
Things would get off to a poor start for Everton in the match, the Premier League outfit falling behind to their Championship counterparts only a minute into the match.
Tyler Smith headed in an early free-kick to have Hull hopeful but Everton would turn things around before the break.
Demarai Gray slotted home into the bottom corner after a neat one-two at the edge of the box before Andre Gomes powered home a header in the Hull City box.
With 20 minutes to play, Hull midfielder Ryan Longman would force the game to extra time with a superb curling effort before Andros Townsend won the game for Everton AET with a stunning long-range effort of his own to make it 3-2.
Whilst ex-Rangers kid Nathan Patterson wasn’t called upon in this match, he can thank his Everton teammates that he could have an FA Cup tie on the horizon as the Toffees booked their place in the fourth round.
Speaking of high-profile exits to England, one Rangers star’s agent is reportedly touting him to top clubs south of the border.