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Everton close on Rangers young prodigy Patterson

Everton Patterson

Everton are closing in on Rangers’ fullback Nathan Patterson. The 20-year-old Scott has been a revelation for the Rangers. The Toffees have closely followed his development and even made a bid for the young fullback in August.

Patterson’s Career Snapshot

The Glaswegian defender began his youth career at Rangers. Progressing through the ranks, Patterson made his debut for Rangers on 17th January 2020, against Stranraer in a league cup match. Nathan Patterson has also made appearances for Scotland in international fixtures.

He deputised for James Tavernier throughout his time at Rangers at right-back with occasional appearances at left-back. Patterson has made nine appearances for Rangers, with six being substitute appearances. Patterson has averaged 0.8 tackles, 0.5 key passes, 0.5 crosses and 1.0 dribbles per 90 minutes. He has an average rating of 6.53 in the Scottish Premiership. Nathan Patterson averaged an impressive pass success rate of 86.5% in league football.

As a result of his eye-catching performances off the bench, he was given a chance against Royal Antwerp in the Europa League. Where he scored after just 16.6 seconds, on his Europa League debut.

Everton’s Patterson Interest

Everton Patterson transfer

Steven Gerrard, then Rangers’ manager praised Patterson and said, “We’re delighted with Nathan, he’s not someone we’re looking to move on but every single person has got a number.” These comments were in light of Everton’s £5 million bid in August. However, the bid was laughed-off but now, Everton are showing serious interest in Patterson.

Nathan Patterson has decent pace; he is also very versatile. These two attributes mean that, Everton can deploy Patterson on the right or the left flank. In addition to that, he can also be developed as a right-winger. Combined with his young age, he seems a decent prospect. Everton would want Patterson to develop under Rafa Benitez, who has a track record of improving young players.  

Everton would also benefit from the competition offered by Patterson to the veteran, Seamus Coleman, and fellow youth Jonjoe Kenny.

To secure his services, Rangers are looking for a transfer fees of around £10 million.

Verdict

In spite of spending a king’s ransom on transfers, Everton do not have the quality and the depth to compete for the European places. However, the acquisition of Patterson feels like a step in the right direction given his youth and potential. The recent successes of West Ham, Brentford and Leicester prove that shrewd business and stability at the top could pave the way for success.

Everton would do well to heed the example of these clubs

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