Everton defender Mason Holgate’s future at the club appears to be in some doubt.
The 22-year-old hasn’t made a single Premier League appearance since the game with West Ham United on September 16.
Before that, he had started the previous four games, capitalising on Phil Jagielka’s straight red card picked on the opening day against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
He wasn’t even chosen to start against Southampton in the Carabao Cup last month, and opportunities have been seriously sparse for the 2015 signing from Barnsley.
Most concerningly for Holgate, Yerry Mina is now firmly in the picture after finally making his debut for the club following his £27.2 million move (BBC Sport) from Barcelona in the summer.
Mina was deputising for the ineligible Kurt Zouma against Chelsea, and did relatively well on the whole against the Blues despite some shaky moments.
Even more frustratingly for Holgate, Marco Silva then turned to Jagielka to replace .
The youngster has seemingly slipped way down in the pecking order at Goodison Park.
What next for Holgate?
Holgate will be chomping at the bit to get some minutes under his belt.
It would not be a surprise to see him head out on loan in January, and he wouldn’t be short of takers.
His chances at right back don’t look any greater either, with Seamus Coleman and Jonjoe Kenny battling it out for that particular position.
There’s likely going to be injuries somewhere down the line and his chances of playing, in theory, would increase.
But Holgate surely cannot sit around and wait for that to happen; he must be proactive.