Djibril Sidibe put in an impressive performance for Everton in Thursday’s 1-0 win over Burnley, leading to praise from supporters on social media, but he wasn’t the only defender to shine. Yerry Mina was also solid at the back and helped Everton pick up consecutive clean sheets.
The 25-year-old was dominanent in the air, saw more of the ball than any of his teammates and was a major threat in the final third – Mina had chances to score and made opportunities for his teammates too.
Mina is fast becoming one of my favourite players. Would have been a riot to see him and a pirouetting Stones in the same defence 👀😬 #EFC
— Adrian Egley (@adyady14) December 26, 2019
Everybody played well but special mentions for Coleman, Mina, Holgate, DCL and Delph. Thought Sigurdsson put a shift in as well #EFC
— Paul Brown (@PaulBrownEFC) December 26, 2019
Yerry Mina has the makings a future @Everton captain to me. Hard nosed player. Vocal. And shows great on pitch leadership. After the DCL goal, everyone celebrating…he runs over to Ancelotti to receive and discuss tactics and plans. Becoming a favorite for me! #COYB #EFC #Mina
— Brett (@BrettSearcy) December 26, 2019
He’s superb. Him and a Digne have been our most consistent players this season by far.
— Dean Massey (@DMass1990) December 26, 2019
He’s been putting in solid performances for the past few games. Growing into the player we saw at the last World Cup for Colombia.
— Mel Jones (@meljones1967) December 26, 2019
Against Burnley, Mina played a full 90 minutes, made 85 touches, won nine aerial duels, completed 86.5% of his 74 passes, created one chance, made four clearances, had three shots, made one interception and drew two fouls.
The Colombian international has made 20 appearances in all competitions this season, missing only two Premier League games. Mina has impressed alongside Mason Holgate in recent weeks, but he shone in a makeshift defence on Thursday that included Seamus Coleman at centre-back.
After falling into the relegation zone following their 5-2 defeat to Liverpool (December 4), Everton have really turned a corner with two wins and two draws from their last four games. They’ll be full of confidence ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Newcastle United.