Steve Clarke says he had “no concerns at all” that Nathan Patterson could play a role for Scotland despite his lack of minutes at Everton so far, via quotes from Glasgow Times.
Frank Lampard has been reluctant to use the defender since replacing Rafa Benitez, who signed Patterson in January. The Toffees backed the Spaniard to the tune of £12 millionwho climb to £16million with add-ons to finally end their long-running search for Seamus Coleman’s heir.
But Patterson is yet to break through and oust the Blues captain, 33, with the 20-year-old playing just 45 minutes. Lampard pulled the full-back off at half-time on his debut with home National League club Boreham Wood in the FA Cup earlier this month.
A few flashes of attacking intent with plenty of ball failed to convince Lampard he was ready to replace Coleman. Patterson rarely used his time in possession effectively and thus fell victim to the need for new ideas. Since then he has been on the bench twice in four games.
Still, Clarke had no problem giving Patterson his seventh cap and fourth start for Scotland at home against Poland on Thursday. A night he showed great attack intent, circling Arkadiusz Reca while the Rangers product continuously broke down the channel.
Steve Clarke had “no worries” about Patterson for Scotland despite Everton’s plight
His night finally ended after 67 minutes when Clarke feared Patterson could injure himself when the Everton outcast started stretching. But the Scotland boss believes that despite a lack of games on Merseyside, Premier League training is enough for the Tartan Army.
“I wasn’t worried about Nathan, not at all,” he said called. “I know the level he has been training at and even if I’m just training at that level and working with English Premier League players it’s a good level.
“As long as he does his job properly on the training ground, he always has enough legs to come and play with us.
“I saw him stretch and when he starts to stretch you don’t want to risk injury to the boy so we stripped him off. But his performance was really good for a boy who had so little football.”
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