It was only a few months ago that Everton looked to finally address the largely ignored right-back department by bringing in youngster Nathan Patterson, however, for differing reasons, he never managed to make it onto the pitch in a Premier League match.
Therefore, that has raised questions as to why he was signed and whether he is even good enough to cut it with the Toffees, which isn’t great considering that Seamus Coleman is currently out of the club’s pre-season plans due to his fitness.
This is why Scott believes a right-back will be brought in this summer.
Scott said: “He was fit for a couple of games under Frank Lampard, Benitez didn’t play him, and I think he had a couple of chances under Duncan Ferguson as well, but never got a look-in, either.
Do Everton need to sign a new right back?
“Listen, I may be proved wrong, I hope I’m proved wrong. I hope he plays out of his skin at the weekend against Arsenal, and I hope he’s our right-back for five or six years and we’ve got a bit of a bargain on our hands, but it remains to be seen how good he is.
“I’m convinced that we’ll get another right-back in the window.”
TIF Thoughts on Everton’s right back position…
It is still quite amazing that Coleman, who only cost Everton £63,000 back in 2009, was able to start 30 league games for the Toffees last season, despite being 33 years old and having never started that many times since the 2014/15 campaign.
However, it also does raise many questions as to why a young Patterson, who left Rangers after being deputy to James Tavernier, was unable to shift an ageing defender during a period of time when the club was performing so poorly, so the idea of signing a second right-back in just a few months is not that unlikely.