National media reported that Everton full-back Nathan Patterson had a difficult evening in France yesterday as Scotland lost 4-1 in a difficult friendly.
Patterson plays on the right of a back five as Steve Clarke’s side look to park the bus against a world-class player contradicted by his £16m performance for his country last night
Yes Despite playing almost the entire match, Everton man Patterson was unable to meet the challenge facing Scotland.
GlasgowLive gave this full-back a 5/10 rating, but he sympathized with the task he had to do.
“I really struggled tonight, but who wouldn’t against Kylian Mbappé?
“The French had electricity and all French attacks naturally took place on that side.
“A true test for youth.
Of course, Patterson has faced plenty of challenges under Sean Dyche at Everton this season.
In the absence of Seamus Coleman, £16m signing fits Ashley Young on the right
But both full-backs failed to show the form needed to secure a starting spot.
Patterson, 22, looks like he received some show of faith from Dyche at the start of the season.
The right-back played 90 minutes in the club’s first four games, but was then quickly dropped due to the team’s poor results.
And in Everton’s recent return, Scotsman Patterson made a cameo from the bench.
Former Everton player Conor Coady recently highlighted how underrated Seamus Coleman’s role has been at the club in recent years.
And perhaps in his absence, Dyche has now decided that he needs to repeat his experience with 38-year-old Ashley Young.
Regardless, Everton’s Patterson will learn a lot from facing such top opponents for Scotland, and he will be hoping to make big progress ahead of next summer’s Euros.