Everton defender Mason Holgate has spoken about his desire to break into the Everton team and explained it’s vital he impresses whenever he gets the chance.
The English centre-back has been with the Toffees since 2015 and played 50 senior games.
But he was loaned out to West Brom last season and has struggled to make a serious impact under Marco Silva.
The 22-year-old is back at Goodison Park this season and he’s had just one appearance off the bench in the Premier League so far, while also featuring in the previous round of the cup against Lincoln City.
The Merseyside club travel to Championship opposition Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night for a Carabao Cup third round tie and it will be interesting to see if manager Silva makes wholesale changes.
Holgate is desperate for more Everton opportunities and recognised he needs more minutes.
“Every opportunity I get, I need to be proving why I should be playing and showing what I can do,” Holgate said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“If you don’t believe in yourself, who is going to? Hopefully I can prove in training or the games I get, I am ready for that step.
“I am training with world-class players but I need to be trying to play games.”
Holgate left for West Brom to help his development and it’s vital that at his young age he’s playing on a regular basis.
The versatile defender is a centre-back by trade, but did a decent job at right-back during his spell at the Hawthorns and has a lot of potential.
Michael Keane and Yerry Mina the preferred centre-back combination right now, but they are hardly setting the world alight as a partnership right now and Everton have lost three of their opening six Premier League games so far.
It could be sensible to give Holgate his opportunity to impress in the cup and the pacey defender should perhaps come into consideration for his first league start of the season too.