Owing to a dispute between French left back, Lucas Digne, and former Everton manager, Benitez, which put unsure the previous’s stay at Goodison, the Toffees went for Ukrainian teenager, Vitality Mykolenko, as a substitute.
When the 22-year old ex Dynamo Kyiv’s debut for the EPL side resulted in a 2-1 defeat against Norwich, resulting in Benitez’s firing, his (Mykolenko) absence from the next game against Digne’s latest side raised eyebrows.
Some understandably thought that, unlike the previous manager, the brand new caretaker coach, Duncan Ferguson, didn’t hold the Ukrainian’s ability in high regard.
Chatting with Vlada Sedan, a Ukrainian journalist, the left back make clear the matter, revealing that the rationale he missed the Villa game was because he was uncomfortable after the Norwich game and thus didn’t attend all training sessions.
“I missed a couple of training sessions…leading as much as the sport after having some discomfort in my back…and wasn’t sure if I’d make the squad,” stated Mykolenko.
Vitality’s strongest points, and the rationale he can almost perfectly fit into Digne’s shows are his consistent speed on the back, great recovery runs, and timely crosses, which could earn him a fighting likelihood with the brand new manager, Frank Lampard confirmed.
If the discomfort was just that and nothing serious, the Ukrainian international will get his first opportunity/test when his side faces Brentford in an FA Cup clash in 4 days.