Former Aston Villa favourite Juan Pablo Angel has claimed that Colombian compatriot Yerry Mina can be as good as he wants, and he hailed his move from Barcelona to Everton last summer as being a very ‘smart move’ for the player even if the 24-year-old was hampered by injuries and only made 12 starting appearances for us.
Manager Marco Silva will no doubt remain pleased with his performances though, knowing full well that a good pre-season under him and staying injury free should certainly see an improvement in his performance levels in the coming 2029/10 campaign.
Having more than played his part in the recent Copa America tie between Colombia and Argentina, the former Villa cult hero told our Official Site that he always expected Mina to go on to big things given his attributes at an early age.
“He was one of the young, talented centre-backs emerging in Colombia. You could tell, with his size and power, he had all the attributes to play in Europe. He progressed into the national team and developed further with the experience of playing abroad, in Brazil and then Europe. And he has matured into one of the most important figures in Colombia’s team.”
Angel went on to add.
“It is pretty much up to him how good he becomes. It is down to how much he continues to learn and adjust to the demands of playing in England and whether he makes the most of being in the best league in the world. The effort, discipline, work ethic and personal responsibility he invests in his career in the coming years is all down to him. He has shown all of those things so far in his career, the attitude and willingness to continue improving his strengths and working on weaknesses – so he has the chance to become a very, very good defender. I think it was a smart move and as he adjusts to the physicality and pace of the Premier League, I think he will be a very good asset for Everton.”
With Mina rising to fame last summer given his showings for Colombia in their World Cup campaign, hopefully next season Evertonians will get to see far more of what he’s capable of when he pulls the shirt on.