Yerry Mina criticised by Andy Hinchcliffe for incident in Everton v Chelsea
Former Everton defender Andy Hinchliffe condemned Yerry Mina for his theatrics in the first half of Everton versus Chelsea at Goodison Park.
The Colombian centre back threw himself to the ground when challenging with Cezar Azpilicueta, with referee Kevin Friend unmoved as he signalled for a goal kick.
And Hinchcliffe believes it was silly from the Everton defender, who only went to ground once he knew he wouldn’t reach Alex Iwobi’s cross
“He’s never going to get to the ball,” said Hinchcliffe on Sky Sports (1 May).
“Yes, Azpilicueta is wrong side of his man but I feel Yerry Mina is throwing himself to the ground here.”
“Is he actually knocked off balance or caught on the head? He isn’t.
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“I feel he’s making a meal of this, he’s thrown himself to the ground clearly.”
There’s a lot been said in recent weeks about Everton’s lack of decisions given in their favour, but we’re with Hinchcliffe that they’re going to have to be a lot more streetwise than that if it’s going to change.
Mina certainly doesn’t look like having any acting career in his future post-retirement as the Colombian quite clearly looked to buy a penalty from the officials, with even the staunchest of Evertonians probably wondering what exactly he was doing.
The 27-year-old has been a welcome return to the Toffees backline as they desperately try and avoid Premier League relegation, a dependable defender who gives the side some much-needed physicality.
He has enjoyed a decent tussle with Chelsea forward Kai Havertz in the first half and done a good job so far of keeping the German quiet.
However he needs to focus on what he’s good at rather than getting involved in the dark arts of the game as, quite clearly, it is not exactly his forte.
In other Everton news, the club are reportedly after this 14-year-old wonderkid.
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