Patterson was a rather expensive January signing last season, costing the Toffees £16m, which seemed like a lot at the time considering that he’d only been handed five first-team league starts at Rangers.
Fears will have only increased last campaign when the only match he started was an FA Cup game against Boreham Wood. However, he’s played every minute in the league so far this season and Scott has admitted that the defender has proved him wrong.
Speaking about his performance in the Merseyside derby this weekend, Scott said: “He was absolutely brilliant, wasn’t he, he really was. Great going forward, brilliant defending, he’s got the physique to play at that level as well, and listen, [I was] totally wrong and I’m so glad he’s proved me wrong and long may that continue.”
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It has been quite the turnaround for Patterson, who didn’t appear to have the trust of manager Frank Lampard last season as he has gone from not being afforded a single minute of league action to now seemingly being one of the first names on the teamsheet.
Patterson is still just 20, so he looks set to be the club’s right-back for many years to come, much like what club captain Seamus Coleman has been for a very long time now at Goodison Park, and he will likely only continue to develop and get better with more exposure to first-team football.
As things stand, Patterson is considered the club’s third-best performer this season according to WhoScored, with the full-back boasting a 6.88 average match rating, which is only bettered by Jordan Pickford and James Tarkowski, highlighting that he certainly has proved people wrong.