According to reports, Everton manager Frank Lampard is set to hand game time to January transfer window signing Nathan Patterson. Nathan joined Everton from the Scottish side Rangers in the January transfer window. But the young right-back is still waiting to make his debut for the Premier League outfit.
Nathan Patterson joined Everton on a record-breaking transfer fee of £16million from Rangers. But Seamus Coleman’s return to top form has seen the young right-back’s opportunities next to none. The young right-back was signed by previous Everton head coach Rafa Benitez. But Rafa Benitez was sacked midway through December and Frank Lampard took over.
Nathan Patterson made 11 appearances in all competitions for Rangers before his move to the Premier League outfit. In this time he recorded two assists in all competitions this term. The Scottland international has made one appearance in the Premier League two for Everton. But the defender is still on the lookout for his Everton first-team debut. (stats via Transfermarkt)
The Scotland international has seen Jonjoe Kenny emerge as the backup right-back option under Frank Lampard. The English head coach even preferred to play Jonjoe Kenny in the left wing-back slot ahead of Nathan Patterson.
Patterson has been named on the bench for every one of Frank Lampard’s Premier League games in charge. But he is still yet to experience even one minute of Premier League football till now. The lack of game time may even see the young right-back lose his spot in the Scotland international setup. Scotland have a very important World Cup play-off clash against Ukraine coming up.
Frank Lampard hints at a possible debut coming for Nathan Patterson
With Everton set to take on Premier League leaders Manchester City on Saturday and FA Cup clash against Boreham Wood next Thursday. The Everton manager Frank Lampard has hinted that the young right-back may finally be set to make his debut in Everton colors in the upcoming games.
Talking to Everton’s official website about the right-back situation and Nathan Patterson, Frank Lampard said:
“Nathan is obviously a young player we have a lot of hopes for in the longer term. There’s competition for a reason.”
“Seamus Coleman has been brilliant since I came in. Nathan will get his chance soon”
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