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Why Yerry Mina should have to wait even longer for Everton debut; Michael Keane and Kurt Zouma have built up a promising partnership during Colombian's absence.

Byline: Kevin Ratcliffe

Yerry Mina will be hoping to finally get his Everton career started now that Premier League action is resuming but the Colombian World Cup player might have to keep waiting for now.

When all your centre-backs are fit you know which are your best pairing and at the moment these are the best two.

We've not seen anything ofMinayet and it's going to be difficult for him because he hasn't had a proper pre-season.

In that position it's as much about your concentration as your fitness. You can get by on the fitness but you have to retain your focus at all times.

It's amazing how things can quickly turn around in football.

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One week you don't know what your best pairing is and you can't wait for another lad to be fit to see what he is like but then all of a sudden a partnership has developed.

It puts pressure on people to keep performing because there are others waiting for their opportunity to come in.

Michael KeaneandKurt Zoumahave developed a good partnership and you want that to continue because it's healthy and they're doing something right.

Keane has upped his game and maybe we're now seeing what we bought whereas there wasn't so much of that last season.

It's taken him a little bit longer to settle down and find some comfort.

Maybe he needs someone with certain attributes alongside him and he's looked a lot more assured next to Kurt than what we've previously seen.

He's getting better, which is nice to see and all of a sudden things have clicked for him and he's improving with every game.

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Before he was making what you'd call elementary mistakes but he's eradicated those.

When it comes to partnerships, the best combinations can often take you by surprise.

I remember when I was playing, I liked being alongside Mark Higgins in my early years.

We were both left-footers but that wasn't really considered for a centre-back combination -- even though you'd often have two right-footers together!

Two left-footers together was unheard of and I had an argument with Howard Kendall about that before I got into the side.

I felt comfortable playing with Higgy and I think I was proven right on that score before his injuries of course.

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I was on my natural left-hand side but had no problems on the right.

There was a similar phenomenon with full-backs. You'd often have a right-footer at left-back but the only left-footed right-back I recall is Steve Chettle at Nottingham Forest who played there because they had Stuart Pearce on the other flank.


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Yerry Mina during the Everton training session

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Mark Higgins at Everton's VIP Stadium Tour

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Publication:Crosby Herald (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 19, 2018
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