By Connor Andrews
Danny Murphy has raved about Everton and Scotland defender Nathan Paterson as it’s revealed his injury isn’t as bad as first feared.
The 20-year-old has been given a five-week timeframe to recover from an ankle injury picked up against Ukraine in the Nations League.
There were some concerns the Toffees star may be facing a long spell on the sidelines when he was put on a stretcher and looked crestfallen on the sidelines at Hampden Park.
However, specialists in London have given Patterson a timeframe of just over a month, and as former Liverpool midfielder Murphy explained, his club will be very relieved.
“He’s been terrific,” the talkSPORT host said on White and Jordan. “I’ve been absolutely blown away by him, honestly.
“Looks a real talent, really good athlete, nice passer of the ball, goes forward at will and doesn’t mind defending one-on-one.”
Patterson joined Everton from Rangers in January 2022 for an initial £5.5million rising to £11m, and so far the signing has looked inspired.
Playing across the right side of defence and midfield, Patterson has started all eight of Everton’s games under Frank Lampard this season, with Murphy explaining his impact.
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“He’s got that tenacity and passion that the Everton fans love,” said the former Liverpool midfielder.
“He is a super talent. Five weeks in the bigger scheme of things is not bad, he’ll be right as rain.
“When he first did it you looked at it and thought it could be even longer, so it’s not too bad.
“Everton will miss him, that’s for sure, but good luck to him, hope he gets fit.”
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