Tony Scott has blasted Everton duo Vitaliy Mykolenko and Nathan Patterson for their lack of impact since arriving while speaking on the All Together Now podcast.
Everton moved swiftly to bring in defensive duo Patterson (£16m) and Mykolenko (£17m) in January under former manager Rafael Benitez, however, under new boss Frank Lampard the former is yet to play a single minute in the league while the latter has only started two league games.
Are Mykolenko and Patterson already flops?
Patterson’s only minutes of action with the Toffees has come against non-league outfit Boreham Wood which is perhaps a worrying sign of how little Lampard rates the youngster who arrived before he took the job.
The Toffees decided to shell out the bulk of their January budget on their two new fullbacks, something Scott can’t understand.
(10:01) “This is what I’m saying, six years we still haven’t learnt our lesson even in January look at the state of January with the two full-backs, £40-50 million and they’re not fit for purpose they’re not ready for Premier League football.”
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Everton decided to back their former manager’s judgment by selling Lucas Digne in January and replace him with Mykolenko, but now Lampard is stuck with the Ukrainian full-back who he clearly doesn’t trust enough to start ahead of Jonjoe Kenny, who’s not even a natural left-back.
In terms of Patterson though it seems even more bizarre as he left Rangers, where he was a backup option to James Tavernier, and now he’s at Everton, being a backup option once again so it appears to be a poor fit for both the player and club which is even more frustrating given he cost Everton £11.6 million to prise away mid-season.