Nathan Patterson: Rangers To Everton Makes Sense For All Involved

According to media reports Nathan Patterson is on the verge of sealing a move from Rangers to Everton (Source – Liverpool Echo).

It could end up being a transfer that suits every party.

Rangers look set to get a record fee of around £12m plus possible add-ons. That’s for a young player with plenty of potential but who has yet to establish himself as a regular first team starter at Ibrox.

Unfortunately for Patterson, Gers club captain James Tavernier has been ahead of the youngster in the queue to start as the team’s first choice right-back.

Tavernier is been a consistently fine performer in both domestic and European games for Rangers since his arrival in 2015. He provides plenty of assists and goals, he’s also become much better defensively too.

Now the thirty year old has been integral in getting Rangers back to the top of Scottish football and his performances haven’t been in any sort of decline. I doubt he’d get the same fee as Patterson but he’s already proven his worth to Gers both on and off the park. So it makes sense in the Scottish Premiership champions cashing in on the younger talent who will bring in more money.

That income will also put Rangers in a better position when it comes to facing deals regarding first team stars like Alfredo Morelos, Joe Aribo, Ryan Kent and Glen Kamara. The Nathan Patterson move won’t quell the interest in such talent but it should allow Rangers to get a price they want for those players.

Rangers as a business model will look to be bit more selling club. I believe they’ll want to bring in players and promote youth, get the best out of those players and then sell them on for a nice profit.

Everton will be getting an exciting talent and one who is extremely eager to prove himself on a regular basis.

While Patterson hasn’t made a huge amount of first team appearances, he has shown up well in European competition for Rangers and on the international stage with Scotland.

Seamus Coleman has been a terrific servant for The Toffees but the thirty-three year old hasn’t had the best of campaigns for his club this term. Patterson’s arrival would give Everton a new option for the right side of their defence.

Nathan is a player that loves to get forward and help in attack whenever possible. He’s tenacious and has plenty of energy. He has scored a few goals in his few appearances for club and country, he loves an overlap and seems to remain fairly calm when he gets hold of the ball inside the opponent’s penalty area. In that regard, the young full-back has more attacking potential than Andrew Robertson at Liverpool.

While he’s probably better when bursting forward, Patterson is capable when in defensive positions and he also brings height into the backline.

Scotland boss Steve Clarke, a former Premier League right-back himself, recently praised Nathan after a fine showing against Moldova:

“It was the performance of a young player who is going to develop into a really good player.” 

“A great finish for the goal, with good hold-up play from John, a good ball in from Billy and a nice finish with his left foot which, as a former right-back myself, I can recognise is something right-backs don’t always do!”

Via Daily Record

For the player the move makes plenty of sense too.

Most young British players have an urge to prove themselves in the Premier League and I bet Nathan Patterson wants to do the same.

At Goodison, given Coleman’s age and form, Patterson will see a clear route into the Toffees first team as long as he adapts quickly to his new surroundings. He might actually get more first team minutes earlier in Merseyside compare to Govan.

There are quite a few Scottish internationals shining in England’s top flight, again I can only see Nathan being ambitious enough to continue that recent trend.

In Everton, he’ll be joining a big club and one with plenty of tradition much like his current employers.

So all in all, I think it’s an all win scenario with Nathan Patterson leaving Rangers for Everton during this transfer window.

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