Everton: £62k-a-week star 'massive upgrade' on Mina at Goodison Park

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Everton‘s Conor Coady is a “massive upgrade” on Yerry Mina, according to Daily Star journalist Paul Brown.

The 6ft1 defender became Frank Lampard’s fifth summer signing when he made the season-long loan switch from Wolves on Monday and Brown has described his arrival as “incredibly important”.

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Despite already bringing in James Tarkowski, injuries to Ben Godfrey and Mina against Chelsea on the opening day have forced Lampard to sign further defensive reinforcements.

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Godfrey is facing around three months on the sidelines after fracturing his leg, which could keep him out until after the World Cup, while Mina suffered ankle ligament damage in the 1-0 defeat.

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As a result, Lampard acted quickly and secured the services of Coady 48 hours after the game, with the £62,000 per-week ace set to provide stiff competition and cover for Mason Holgate, Michael Keane and Tarkowski.

What did Brown say about Coady?

Brown highlighted the importance of signing someone as reliable and vocal as Coady and also reckons that he’s an immediate upgrade on Mina, who he’ll be hoping to replace in the starting XI in the weeks ahead.

He told GIVEMESPORT: “It was incredibly important to get Coady signed, and I think he’s a massive upgrade on Mina.

“I think he has a skill set that Mina can’t compete with, he’s also much more reliable, he rarely misses a game through injury, and he’s going to bring a leadership to that team they didn’t have before.”

How did Coady perform last season?

Despite not being ever-present like in previous campaigns, Coady still managed to start all 38 games for Wolves, once again proving himself as one of the most reliable figures in the Premier League.

But on the pitch, Coady wasn’t at his best. According to WhoScored, the England international was Wolves’ 15th-best player, even though he made more blocks per 90 minutes (1.1) than any of his teammates and the second-most clearances (3.7).

Coady’s form was highlighted by Bruno Lage signing Nathan Collins from Burnley and then starting him at Leeds on Saturday, with the ex-Liverpool man dropped for the first time since Wolves’ promotion four years ago.

Regardless, with Everton’s defence one of the worst in the Premier League last season, which saw them concede 66 goals, Coady should tighten them up and will bring a wealth of experience and leadership qualities.

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