Everton interim boss Duncan Ferguson has utilised Mason Holgate as a holding midfielder during the last two games.
At Old Trafford on Sunday he was magnificent and he was equally assured during last night’s penalty shootout defeat to Leicester in the Carabao Cup.
With Fabian Delph, Andre Gomes and Morgan Schneirderlin all injured, it has been a case of needs must for the Toffees.
Based on the last two games, however, Holgate could quickly pin down a place in the middle of the park.
The 23-year-old has the game for a midfield berth. He is composed in possession, robust in the tackle and boasts exceptional awareness.
This season has seen Holgate earn a reprieve. His future was in jeopardy when he joined West Brom on loan for the second half of last season. His performances clearly caught the eye though and now he is thriving.
Holgate has played the last nine league games and is comfortable anywhere across the back four – and now seemingly in midfield.
Everton have a proud history of blooding youngsters and Holgate could be the next to thrive from a prolonged run in the team.
Signed from Barnsley as a teenager, the utility man has gone from strength to strength and his potential holds no barrier.
Holgate just needs a manager to believe in him and Ferguson has been that man. The fact that the Scot is likely to still be involved when a permanent successor to Silva is appointed can only be good news.
Alongside Tom Davies in the midfield, Everton have an axis that complements each other beautifully.
It may only be a temporary situation given the midfield injury crisis but Holgate is clearly relishing his place in midfield.