Anthony Gordon lauds Vitaliy Mykolenko and Nathan Patterson as ‘young and hungry’ stars who can now improve Everton after their transfers, while speaking with the Liverpool Echo.
The Toffees secured two early January transfers to improve Rafa Benitez’s defensive line in Mykolenko and Patterson. They agreed to pay Dynamo Kyiv £17m for the former and £16m to Rangers for the latter, including potential add-ons.
Benitez requested Everton revived their pursuit of Patterson, as Rangers rejected two bids in the summer window, per Sky Sports. He will now offer the Spaniard a backup for Seamus Coleman and possibly their long-sought, long-term replacement for the Irishman.
Mykolenko also offers Benitez needed depth at full-back, having tackled the first-half of the season with only Lucas Digne. Thierry Small had appeared a promising prospect, but joined Southampton last year. Benitez has also fallen out with Digne, who may leave this month.
Gordon gives early impressions of Mykolenko and Patterson after Everton transfers
Gordon believes Everton have improved with their transfers for Patterson and Mykolenko from Rangers and Dynamo Kyiv respectively. Their arrivals offer Benitez extra options after an injury-ravished season so far, as well as competition for Coleman and Digne.
“I’ve met both of them. They seem like really nice lads,” Gordon said. “They’re really young and hungry, which means they’re going to be determined to produce good performances and they’re going to provide an extra boost for the team.
“It builds better competition and makes the team better. We need more competition for places. This year, we’ve had injuries and the covid, so we’ve had a lot of players missing throughout the season.
“We’ve signed two really good players there, and hopefully they can make an impact.”
Benitez could quickly have a new first-choice left-back at Goodison Park
Mykolenko could quickly become Everton’s first-choice left-back if Digne now leaves in the January transfer window. The 22-year-old amassed 132 first-team games for Dynamo Kyiv and 21-caps for Ukraine before leaving the Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium.
He made 21 of his outings this season and offered three assists, as well, each in the Premier Liga. Patterson, meanwhile, leaves Rangers after 27 appearances. The 20-year-old has also only featured 11 times this term, starting just six, and played a mere total of 588-minutes.
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