By Azeem Siddiqui

23rd Sep, 2022 | 7:45pm

BBC pundit heaps praise on 'no fear' Everton favourite Nathan Patterson

Simon Donnelly has heaped praise on Everton defender Nathan Patterson and compared him with Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney.

The 20-year-old has been one of the star performers for the Merseyside club in the ongoing campaign before he picked up an injury on international duty.

Former Celtic player Donnelly, a BBC pundit, was quoted in a report by Glasgow Times where he heaped praise on the Scotland player, who according to him is now a “fan favourite”.

“Patterson is a big player, I really like him,” he said. “He’s very similar to a young Kieran Tierney on the left-hand side.

“There’s no fear in his play, wants to get forward at any opportunity, he’s easily slotted into this Scotland team and has already scored a goal. I’ve seen how he’s a fan favourite for Everton and he’s going from strength to strength.”

Big miss

Everton’s season is finally looking a little better as they managed to secure their first win in the league campaign against West Ham (18 September).

However, they have now suffered a massive blow as Patterson might be sidelined for some time after getting injured while representing the national team against Ukraine on Wednesday (21 September).

That injury has definitely put a question mark on the prospects of the side that looked extremely stubborn defensively in the early part of the campaign.

It will be interesting to see what Frank Lampard will be able to do in the absence of a first-team regular like Patterson as whatever options there are, they are not the same as the 20-year-old.

Patterson joined Everton from Scottish club Rangers in a deal worth £16 million in January earlier this year [Sky Sports].

In the ongoing season, the Scotland international has played the full 90 minutes in all seven league matches where he just picked one yellow card [Transfermarkt].