Mina: Everton Is One Big Family

Yerry Mina has revealed how the "one big family" at Everton has played a key role in helping him settle on Merseyside.

The Colombia international, who signed from Barcelona in the summer, was made to wait for his Blues debut because of a toe injury but took no time to catch the eye when he made his full bow in the goalless draw at high-flying Chelsea on 11 November.

Mina was named man of the match after a powerful performance at Stamford Bridge, as Marco Silva's men kept out a Chelsea side which has scored in all their previous home matches in 2018-19.

The centre-back's early success on the pitch is matching his popularity off it, with the 24-year-old already endearing himself to Evertonians. And he spoke of how support from everyone at the Club had ensured a smooth transition from Barcelona to the Blues.

“Everyone has been great since I have arrived here," Mina told evertontv. "I have been impressed with the whole team, they are all great people and great players. They have helped me not just with the football but the language.

“This is very important for me coming from the outside. You can see the Club is one big family. Every day we are making the most of being together and if we carry on like this we can achieve success."

Mina also praised the influence of Michael Keane, his centre-back partner against Chelsea, as well as Jordan Pickford who he believes he can form a "great relationship" with at Everton.

Pickford helped England reach the Nations League semi-finals on Sunday thanks to a 2-1 win over Croatia at Wembley, while Keane was rewarded for his fine form this season with a recall to the Three Lions squad, starting last week's 3-0 friendly success against USA.

In the Premier League, Keane leads his Everton teammates in clearances made with 51, and ranks second (with four) and third (14) for blocks and interceptions.

Across the league, he has become one of the most aerially-dominant players in the top flight – he is eighth on the list of aerial duels won, with 57, and 11th when it comes to headed clearances (36).

“Michael is a great player and great person,” said Mina. “What he is doing is fantastic and he deserved his England call-up with the way he is playing."

On Pickford, who Mina faced in the last 16 of the World Cup in Russia in the summer, the Colombian added: "He is someone who defends his goal with everything - like I do - and loves to play with his feet, which is my style of play as well.

“On the very first day [I met him], I said to him, ‘We are here now, we are together’ – I hope that was the start of a great relationship.

“This is a really great goalkeeper and England’s number one. I think together we can achieve success on the field of play.

“Jordan is a fantastic guy. He speaks with me at training every day and is always telling me things.

“The best thing is for us to work together and achieve success.”





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