Everton staged a behind-closed-doors game today at Finch Farm, and new signings Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes played the full 60 minutes, according to a Guardian journalist.
Andy Hunter reported that Mina and Gomes, along with James McCarthy and Beni Baningime played the game, but it will be the two major signings that Everton fans will be keyed into.
Neither Gomes, on-loan from Barcelona, or Mina, who signed for £27million from the same club in August, have made their debuts for their new side yet, but are in contention for the Crystal Palace clash the weekend after next.
James McCarthy, Yerry Mina, Andre Gomes and Beni Baningime all played full 60 minute training game at Finch Farm today. All could be involved for #efc v Crystal Palace after the international break.
— Andy Hunter (@AHunterGuardian) October 11, 2018
Everton have had a mixed start to the season but these two players are major signings and they could transform the side when they’re back to full fitness. Both came from Spanish giants Barcelona and both offer something different to the side. Mina is a no-nonsense enforcer who is a full Colombia international. Gomes is a midfielder who’s played 29 times for Portugal and 78 times for Barcelona. getting one player back of this calibre would be exciting but to potentially get both back at the same time is potentially team-changing. Both players will probably be eased into the first-team and are likely to start from the bench, but getting them through this game unscathed is a major plus for Marco Silva. Everton host Crystal Palace in the next Premier League game after the international break, with the game kicking off at 4pm on Sunday October 21.