By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

19th Jun, 2022 | 8:10am

Sky Sports pundit tells Everton they have to cash in on Yerry Mina

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The time has come for Everton to cash in on Yerry Mina while they still have the chance according to former Toffees captain Kevin Campbell.

The centre-back is entering the last year of his contract at the club and proved to be the leading man at his position during the 2021/22 season, but was limited to just 14 appearances all year due to a myriad of injury problems.

A £27.2million signing from Barcelona in 2018, the 27 year old undoubtedly makes the Toffees back line stronger when he’s available, but the lack of availability is an issue that his dogged him throughout his time at Goodison and Sky Sports pundit Campbell thinks it is time to cut the chord as a result.

“No,” he said when asked by Goodison News if the Colombian should be offered a new deal.

“The time for Mina [has come]. He’s a good character and all that but just hasn’t been available enough.

“That’s been the problem, and now he’s got 12 months [left].

“If it was me, what I see now, I’d cash in.

“You cash in and then you can start getting the money and shaping what the future looks like. 

“Because realistically Yerry Mina isn’t going to be around too much longer at Everton.

“Frank Lampard’s got to get that money and start shaping the squad to his liking. That’s for sure.”

Frank Lampard’s transfer budget is constrained by the wider financial situation at the club so, in light of the free agent addition of James Tarkowski from Burnley, some funding from a Mina sale would be useful.

In an ideal world he would be fit and available throughout the year, in which case he would almost certainly be offered a new contract, but with a total of 91 appearances across four years, there is not enough return on investment.

The only question is whether another side will be willing to offer a price to make the deal worthwhile since they will inevitably also be aware of his injury history.

In other Everton news, the club may be at the front of the queue for a Premier League midfielder who has a number of teams after him.

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