Everton: Sean Dyche will rage at Nathan Patterson after 17% Scotland stinker, January exit on cards
Everton manager Sean Dyche will undoubtedly be keeping a keen eye on his international players over the coming days.
And one of his players was involved in plenty of action right from the very off, with Nathan Patterson starting for Scotland in their meeting with Georgia.
The right-back got the nod from manager Steve Clarke for the Euro 2024 qualifier on Thursday (16 November), with the Scots having already qualified for next summer’s tournament.
They were still keen to get something from their travels, but Patterson was given a simply torrid time from the very first whistle in the 2-2 draw.
Unfortunately, the young defender was handed the task of staying close to Napoli ace Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, who adopted an attacking position towards the left, right near the Scotland right-back.
Patterson was walking a tightrope from early in the match, having been shown a yellow card before 10 minutes were on the clock.
And as per Sofascore, things didn’t get any easier, with Patterson the lowest-rated Scotland player on the night, with only Georgia’s Aleksandre Kalandadze – who played just 12 minutes – rated lower.
Patterson did chip in with two tackles and one clearance, but at the same time he won just four of his nine ground duels.
Moreover, the right-back was accurate with just one of his six crosses (17%) and lost possession of the ball a huge 17 times, more than any of his teammates.
While Toffees boss Dyche will be pleased that the player is getting much-needed minutes, the man in the dugout may not be too happy with the 22-year-old’s display.
Patterson certainly deserves plenty of defence, firstly having come up against a player like Kvaratskhelia, and secondly having played just a matter of minutes in the last two Everton matches.
With Ashley Young currently first choice at right-back under Dyche, and captain Seamus Coleman set to return from injury soon, it could be that Patterson is moved on during the upcoming January transfer window.