Everton manager Marco Silva has explained that he’s got complete faith in defender Mason Holgate to play if needed at the weekend.
The Toffees travel to Brighton on Saturday for a Premier League fixture and will be searching for back-to-back victories.
They ended a four-game losing streak in the league by beating West Ham 2-0 in their last match and it was a standout performance of the season so far.
Everton defender Yerry Mina was a colossus at the back against West Ham and has looked so improved this year, but he’s not been able to participate in full training ahead of Brighton (official Twitter).
It looks like he’s a doubt for this Saturday due to a knee problem and the Merseyside club could be forced into a change at the back.
Holgate would be the obvious replacement for Mina and he could slot into the centre-back role alongside Michael Keane, which is something that Portuguese boss Silva would have confidence in.
“I’m 100 per cent sure if he has the chance he will be ready to perform at this level,” Silva said in his press conference, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
Holgate has been on the fringes so far this season at Everton and has not started a single Premier League games.
The English defender has been given just two appearances from the bench in the top-flight this campaign, but did complete 90 minutes in both Carabao Cup victories.
He’s a 23-year-old that has never really been able to nail down a spot at Goodison Park and impressed in the second half of last season out on loan with West Brom.
Silva has given Holgate a vote of confidence ahead of a potential start this weekend and it would be a big opportunity to show he can still carve out an Everton future.