Mina grateful for Toffees support

Yerry Mina

Yerry Mina has thanked Everton for the faith they have shown in him after his frustrating first season at the club.

The 25-year-old moved to Goodison Park from Barcelona in the summer of 2018 in a deal worth €30million but barely featured in 2018-2019 due to a series of injuries.

In his absence, Michael Keane and Kurt Zouma became the established centre-back partnership but it has been a different story this season after Zouma returned to parent club Chelsea.

The Colombia international has played every minute of the Toffees’ seven Premier League games this term, with the Merseysiders making an indifferent start to the campaign to sit 15th in the standings.

It was tough during his first year on Merseyside and Mina is grateful that the manager and fans stuck by him through the dark days.

“I really want to thank the coach for the belief he has shown in me,” he told evertontv. “Last season was really hard, the adaptation, the language barrier, many things.

“Some injuries, too. But Marco Silva was always speaking to me and showing he had belief in me. That kept me strong.”

Mina has been part of an Everton defence that has conceded 12 league goals to date in 2019-2020 and Saturday’s 3-1 home reverse to Manchester City was their fourth loss of the season.

They have now lost four of their last five top-flight games and an EFL Cup third-round triumph over Sheffield Wednesday has been the only crumb of comfort.

Rumours persist that boss Marco Silva is living on borrowed time and next Saturday’s trip to Turf Moor to take on an improved Burnley side has become critical.

The Clarets are in mid-table with nine points to their name and have improved markedly since last season’s flirtation with the relegation zone.

They will be tough nut to crack and Silva will need Mina and his rearguard to be at their very best to get a positive result.