Everton defender Mason Holgate has explained that he’s pleased with his individual progress, but claims he won’t be satisfied unless he keeps improving.
The Toffees signed Holgate back in 2015 from Barnsley for around £2million (Sky Sports) and was slowly integrated to the first-team group.
The Merseyside giants decided to loan him out to West Brom in the Championship during the second half of the 2018/19 campaign and that proved to be the making of him.
He returned in the summer to Goodison Park and it feels like a real breakthrough year for the 23-year-old.
Holgate has played 27 games across all competitions this season and since Carlo Ancelotti arrived as manager he’s become a nailed-on starter in the team.
The ball-playing centre-back has certainly made improvements to look an assured Premier League defender and has discussed his form.
“If I look back on what I have done, I’m quite happy. But if I haven’t progressed again in 12 months there would be no point in thinking I have done well now. I can’t stay at this level. I can’t go backwards. I have to go again,” Holgate told the Daily Mail.
Ancelotti has put faith into the likes of Holgate and Dominic Calvert-Lewin since his appointment, something that for now appears to be massively paying off.
Holgate is still a young defender that is only going to improve with more experience, but he’s got the right mentality to be a top player as well as being quick, athletic and a good leader at the back.
He’s got the perfect opportunity to develop under Ancelotti and pick his brain, as he’s worked with some centre-back greats like John Terry, Fabio Cannavaro and Paolo Maldini.