Everton could get Patterson boost for Fulham clash

21/10/2022 14comments  |  Jump to last

Everton  could have Nathan Patterson back in the matchday squad in time for their trip to Fulham next weekend after the Scot resumed full training with the rest of the first team.

Patterson sustained what was initially feared to be serious damage to his ankle when he had to be stretchered off the pitch while playing for Scotland against Ukraine last month. 

However, following detailed scans and consultation with a specialist, it was determined that the 22-year-old might only be out for four to five weeks and he will be in line with the more optimistic end of that prognosis if he is, indeed, fit to travel to Craven Cottage.

A January signing from Rangers at the age of 20, Patterson had to wait to make his Premier League debut after injuring his ankle ligaments in training on the eve of what was supposed to be his first appearance after the 45 minutes he had played against Boreham Wood in the FA Cup.

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The requirement for surgery on his ankle prematurely ended his 2021-22 season but he went straight into the starting line-up for the first match of the current campaign and was first-choice right-back until his unfortunate injury on international duty.

Though club captain Seamus Coleman has been solid as his replacement over the past few weeks, Everton have missed Patterson’s dynamism and ability to get up and down the right flank so the Scot’s return should be a boon to Frank Lampard.


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Paul Hewitt
1 Posted 22/10/2022 at 08:55:14
Brilliant. We've really missed the lad.
Francis van Lierop
2 Posted 22/10/2022 at 09:29:04
Indeed, he has been tremendous so far this season.
Christopher Timmins
3 Posted 22/10/2022 at 09:36:44
Great to have him back.
Tony Everan
4 Posted 22/10/2022 at 09:57:03
Buzzing he has recovered quickly. To have him back for Fulham will be a massive boost. Seamus is trying his best but can’t bring the energy and dynamism that Patterson has got, we’ve missed it.
Ajay Gopal
5 Posted 22/10/2022 at 10:03:39
It would be great to have Patterson back, he is a proper modern day full back. Coleman can no longer cut it at the very top level. I would play Holgate at RB until Patterson is back.
Rob Dolby
6 Posted 22/10/2022 at 10:52:17
Great to see such a swift recovery. Hopefully they will take a careful approach in easing him back. He was flying for us before that injury.

Good job we have such a fine understudy in Coleman still putting it all on the line for 90 minutes for the club. What a fantastic player he has been for us.

Coleman is at the stage of his career where the odd cameos for a few games will not damage his reputation.

The likes of Mike Lyons, Dave Watson and Peter Reed all endured the usual derisory comments about their age, fitness and ability whilst at the end of their Everton careers but you won't get any more committed players in a blue shirt.

All of them, including Coleman, are great servants to the club.

Fran Mitchell
7 Posted 22/10/2022 at 11:19:22
Important return. Hopefully not being rushed.

Coleman is great servant of the club, but the fact is, the game is quicker and quicker, and pace is essential, especially so at full-back.

With Coleman's lack of pace, it means we are unable to break down the right side. If he does go forward, we are very susceptible on the break, and that isn't helped by both Coady and Tarkowski lacking pace.

So the team is forced to sit deeper. The lack of full-backs supporting the attack also seriously limits the wing play. Gordon and Grey are forced to move and play the ball centrally as there are no overlapping runs creating space. This allows the oppostion full-backs to man-mark the wingers and close the attacks.

Full-back is quite possibly the most important role in modern football. Coleman can offer something as a sub when we need to close games out, but as a starter, it seriously weakens our team.

Rob Dolby
8 Posted 22/10/2022 at 12:14:55
Fran 7, Totally agree about modern full backs and their importance in creating goals. Man City and the shite are probably the best examples.

Ten Hag at Man Utd has wasted no time in dropping Wan Bissaka despite him being probably the best right-back defender in the league. He can't cross or pass the ball.

Patterson has done really well since he has started games. I am yet to see any real end product from him but the future looks good. I also think if we had a couple of Albrighton types in the wide positions, it would free up the fullbacks to get forward more. As it stands Gray and Gordon don't look like they can link up with anyone in the team which is another worry.

Nicolas Piñon
9 Posted 23/10/2022 at 01:55:28
Great news
At most he Will be on the bench I believe and I doubt hell play unless something happens
Lampard is always over cautious with injuries. But Great news anyway
Don Alexander
10 Posted 23/10/2022 at 02:38:21
He reminds me of a young Seamus - 'nuff said.
Tony Hill
11 Posted 23/10/2022 at 02:46:47
Heresy, perhaps, but I think he could be even better, Don.
Derek Knox
12 Posted 23/10/2022 at 11:55:47
Agree with all comments above, but I would be tempted to start with Seamus and see how things pan out. It would be a right kick in the Killybegs for Seamus to be overlooked, in favour of Nathan from injury. That way it looks good for all, and if we are in a winning position!

This positivity is having a positive effect, mind you, I am always optimistic where Everton are concerned, wish I could say that for all TW'ers.

Justin Doone
13 Posted 23/10/2022 at 20:15:49
I wouldn't want to change a winning team and I thought Seamus was very good against a top class Zaha.

Like Dom, ease him back whilst we can. It's a long season.

Stu Darlington
14 Posted 25/10/2022 at 09:32:46
Great news about Patterson, I think he gives us a whole new dimension down the right-hand side. Getting the ball forward at pace is a big asset to have, and we have been lacking in that respect over the last couple of seasons.

I just wonder if his 100% committed style of play may lead to him picking up more injuries as the season wears on?

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