By Daniel Feliciano

13th Aug, 2022 | 8:00am

Scouting expert: Nathan Patterson could replace Seamus Coleman for Everton this season

We’re delighted to welcome Football Manager’s Wolves researcher Dave Azzopardi as our exclusive columnist. Each week the scouting expert will be giving his views on the biggest talking points on Wonderkids across the UK…

Nathan Patterson could be ready to take over from Seamus Coleman as first-choice right-back at Everton this season, says Dave Azzopardi.

The Scotland international joined the club in January last season but struggled to make an impact, however he has featured heavily in pre-season and impressed from the start during the first game of the season against Chelsea.

With club captain Coleman now 33-years-old he is entering the twilight of his career, and Azzopardi believes that Patterson has the talent to come in and replace Coleman which is something that could benefit Everton as a club.

“I think so,” he told The Football Wonderkids. “They brought him in last season and I think Coleman has been at Everton for such a long time.

“Defensively Everton have been poor and they need fresh faces. They need changes. Obviously they’ve brought in some centre halves, they’re looking to bring in a couple more, but you need players like that.

“Yes he might lack a bit of experience at times that Coleman has got, but obviously he’s a very talented player. He’s going to be quicker than Coleman, a bit sharper than Coleman probably.

“I think Everton need fresh faces and need changes, so someone like him would be a good replacement for Seamus Coleman.”

Patterson is expected to start once again in the lunchtime kickoff on Saturday when Everton head to Villa Park for a Premier League clash against Aston Villa, while Coleman continues to recover from surgery during the summer.

In other Everton news, talks are “ongoing” to bring Armando Broja to Goodison Park according to a report