Marco Silva has no doubt the competition between Michael Keane, Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma will make all three better players – even if it is giving the Everton manager a headache.
Mina got his chance in the centre of defence last week with Zouma ineligible to face parent club Chelsea and the former Barcelona man kept his place alongside Keane for Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Cardiff.
Mina and Keane have kept clean sheets in both games and Silva admits he is torn between wanting to give all three opportunities and the stability of a settled back four.
He said of leaving out Zouma: “It was a really difficult decision to take. We have very good solutions in that position at this moment.
“Kurt Zouma deserved to play the 90 minutes as well but it’s football. Other times Mina was on the bench and Kurt was playing, or Michael wasn’t playing some moments.
“Zouma worked really hard during the week to show me he wants to play. We have five, six months to play, a busy December as well, and all of them will have their chance to play more and more.
“I’ll see what will be my decisions. What we achieved before Mina came into the starting XI with Kurt and Michael, and (Seamus) Coleman and Lucas (Digne) as well, that stability is really important. They start to know better each other and they did really well.
“Last game our organisation was fantastic and the back-line did really well, and Mina did well and kept his position. I can change for many reasons. I like to have this problem. That means we have quality and I don’t have doubts.
“This competition between them will make them better players every day and we can grow as a club in this way.”