Former England international Danny Mills has backed Yerry Mina to find his feet in the Premier League following a troubled debut campaign in England, as told to Football Insider.
Mina’s first season in English football following his €30.25million (£27m) summer switch from Barcelona saw the Colombian make 13 top-flight outings in Royal Blue, as injuries regularly took a hold of his body, and left Marco Silva favouring a centre-back partnership of Michael Keane and Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma.
With Zouma back at Stamford Bridge and keen to fight for minutes under Frank Lampard, Silva will now have to hope that Mina can shrug off his injury problems to become a key part of his plans, with Mason Holgate his only other recognised senior centre-half.
Mills, though, feels the difficulties Mina displayed adjusting to the English game when fit should have come as no surprise, as the towering 24-year-old showed his deficiencies during the 2018 World Cup, and needed Tottenham Hotspur’s Davinson Sanchez to regularly bail him out.
The ex-Leeds right-back expects our £120,000-a-week defender to make the grade eventually, but concedes it could take some time.
“He’s obviously been injured for a lot, and hasn’t played a lot of football,” Mills said. “When I watched him in the World Cup, there were clearly deficiencies in some of his positional play, [and needed] Davinson Sanchez bailing him out.
“He’s got to learn, it’s a different culture [in the Premier League to La Liga], different way of playing, different type of players he’s playing against week in, week out. He’s got to adapt, learn to cope with that.
“I’m sure he will, that’s what good players do. He’s been at a very good club before [in Barcelona], different high standards, different expectations. I’m pretty sure he will soon learn. It often takes six to nine months for players to come in from abroad.”