Sean Dyche, according to Paul Brown, does not trust Nathan Patterson.
The journalist revealed to GIVEMESPORT that it is ‘obvious’ that the Everton manager does not trust Patterson defensively.
The full-back had only made nine appearances for Rangers the previous season, but Everton were willing to pay an initial £12 million to bring Patterson to the club on a five-and-a-half-year contract in January 2022.
Rafa Benitez was ousted only two weeks later, and Patterson did not make another senior game for the Toffees for the rest of the season.
Patterson went onto make 19 appearances in the Premier League last season and has a further five under his belt this term, starting in place of the injured Seamus Coleman.
The 21-year-old was dropped for the clash with Arsenal at the weekend though, with Brown claiming Dyche isn’t convinced by the defender.
“I’m really quite worried about Everton’s options at full-back,” Brown said. “I don’t think any of them look ideal.
“Sean Dyche doesn’t trust Patterson defensively, that’s clear. I didn’t think Ashley Young or Mykolenko did at all well against Arsenal, I thought they were both exposed.
“I’m not really sure what options there are for him. He’s going to have to try and get game out of them and it’s going to take some coaching and maybe a tinker to the way the team is set up and plays, but I think the full-back area is a major area of concern for Everton.”
Everton’s full-back options are a concern this season
Nathan Patterson has years ahead of him to improve and could definitely become a capable replacement for Coleman, however Everton certainly can’t rely on him right now.
Ashley Young replaced him against Arsenal, but he is no longer the player he once was as he approaches his 39th birthday next year. Meanwhile, Vitaliy Mykolenko is another defender who is struggling to adjust to life in the Premier League and isn’t necessarily a superior option than Patterson.
The Toffees could definitely use Coleman’s return, with the skipper already back on the pitch and scheduled to return at the end of October.