A number of Newcastle United fans have taken to Twitter to comment on recent reports from The Sun which suggested that the Magpies are one of the teams interested in signing Mason Holgate in January.
Holgate has made 10 Premier League appearances this season for the Toffees. He has certainly benefitted from the lack of depth that the club boast in defence.
But it appears that he could be on the move in January. The Sun reports that Newcastle, Sheffield United and Bournemouth all want the 23-year-old, who did also play in holding midfield during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Interestingly, it appears that Everton may be open to the idea of selling the former Barnsley man. The Sun suggests that the Toffees would be looking for around £14 million.
Based on Holgate’s display at the weekend, that asking price looks to be a potential bargain. But it seems fair to say that plenty of Newcastle fans have little interest in seeing a deal done.
The Magpies are arguably no stronger in any position than they are in defence. Meanwhile, they continue to struggle to score goals. Newcastle’s forwards boast just two league goals between them this season.
And the fans have implored the club to prioritise signing strikers in January rather than more defenders. They are not convinced that Holgate would be a significant upgrade on what they already have. So they are not sure that a January move would be a smart decision.
Here is how some of the supporters reacted to the links with Holgate…
@eastanio 6th choice CB for 14M 🥴
— David skelton (@daveskelton182) December 16, 2019
Because we’re really short in defence.
— winter will turn to spring (@MonsieurSharp) December 16, 2019
We have 3 right-backs in Krafth, Yedlin & Manquillo. And 5 centre backs (not including Dummett). Why would we be interested in Holgate unless we’re planning on off-loading a few?
— KARL05 (@KarlSnowdon) December 16, 2019
Imagine being Steve Bruce to Lee Charnley
SB: Lee we are lacking goals and we can’t rely on big Andy in the long term and Joelinton has produced the goods so far so we need a striker
LC: Steve don’t worry mate I have it covered, how about Mason Holgate and Lewis Gibson?
— Hammy (@H4mmy14) December 17, 2019
What a load of rubbish. CB is probably the only position where we don’t need to sign anyone!
— Jonny Easton (@eastanio) December 16, 2019
Just because Holgate is young doesn’t make him a good signing, don’t rate him at all, seen teams exploit the flank he’s playing down when they’re against him.. #NUFC
— ToonEssex (@ToonEssex) December 17, 2019
Centreback is literally the only position we don’t need to improve at the moment. I’m all for investing in good/promising young players but we have an incredibly long list of needs (striker and ball winning midfielder top for me) that should come before defenders imho #nufc
— Andrew Neill (@andrewsneill) December 17, 2019
Mason Holgate no better than what we got. Gibson all the ability and promise, knows the club too
— Ryan Davenport (@RyanDavenport89) December 17, 2019