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What next for Mason Holgate at Everton?

The England under-21 international risks becoming a forgotten man at Everton.

Mathew Nash

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There has been a lot of talk in recent weeks regarding Everton’s transfer options for the summer. One area in particular that needs work is at the back. It seems as though Ashley Williams can leave the club, the Welshman woefully out of form for much of last season. There are also question marks over the future of Ramiro Funes Mori. Phil Jagielka’s best years are behind him and that leaves Everton short at centre-back.

But one player who hasn’t been mentioned is Mason Holgate. Signed from Barnsley for a fee reported to be in the region of £2 million he was immediately compared to fellow former Tyke John Stones. However, his impact has not been as sudden.

Capable at both right-back or centre-back, last season he settled into the latter of the roles. With Jagielka and Williams struggling and Keane injured he put in some impressive performances for the Toffees.

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After coming into the side in November he looked particularly good up until the New Year. Soon he found himself out of the starting XI and an ankle injury then ended his season early.

So will he get a chance next season?

There is little doubt that Holgate is an extremely talented young player. At just 21-years-old, there are few Everton fans who would want to see Holgate leave.

He performed better than the likes of Williams last season and alongside Keane or with another new signing he can be a real asset still at the heart of the Everton defence.

Amidst all the improvements that Everton have to make this summer, the club must not forget about the talented Yorkshireman.

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Everton round-up: No Jagielka appeal, new duo train and Usmanov investment

A selection of the latest news and gossip from Everton.

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No appeal

Everton will not appeal Phil Jagielka’s red card against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Everton captain received a straight red for a dangerous tackle on Diogo Jota, which the player protested was extremely harsh.

Everton boss Marco Silva also felt it was the wrong decision.

However, Everton have decided not to appeal the ruling and accept a three-match ban for the veteran defender – starting this weekend v Southampton.

Everton’s new signings Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma will now push for a starting spot along with youngster Mason Holgate.

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Newbies train

However, Mina has still not trained with the Everton first-team. Today saw Zouma and fellow new signing Bernard take part in their first training sessions for the club.

However, the £28.5 million Colombian missed training at Finch Farm. Fellow newbie Andre Gomes also missed the session as he is out with an injury.

Zouma was all smiles in his first session, whilst Bernard stuck by countryman Richarlison’s side for most of training.

Mina, as reported by the Daily Mail, is expected to train later this week.

Usmanov investment

Alisher Usmanov has admitted he could invest in Everton if the deal is right. The Russian billionaire has recently agreed to the sale of his stake in Arsenal to Stan Kroenke.

His company already sponsors Everton’s Finch Farm training complex and he is very close with Everton’s major shareholder Farhad Moshiri.

Speaking to Bloomberg, he admitted he was open to investing in another club, including Everton, if there is a chance of good potential return on his investment.

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Everton newbie Andre Gomes frustrated Barcelona fans in similar fashion to Morgan Schneiderlin

The Portuguese midfielder struggled at Barcelona

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Everton had a busy transfer deadline day, with three deals going over the line in the final hour on Thursday. Bernard arrived on a free transfer whilst a double raid on Barcelona saw them bring in both Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes. The former arrived at the club on a permanent deal, but Gomes is only at the club on loan until the end of the season.

It looks a great deal for Everton. The Portuguese midfielder was an expensive recruit for Barcelona in 2016. The Catalan side swooped to sign Gomes after excellent form at previous club Valencia.

But Everton fans should be warned, because Gomes has been out of form for some time.

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Gomes played just 16 games for Barcelona in La Liga last season after falling out of favour with the Ernesto Valverde and, it seems, the Barcelona fans.

The Nou Camp faithful were not exactly disappointed to see Gomes head out the exit door last week. His poor performances were not helped by his body language which, suggests a lack of effort. It is probably not true, just the way he plays the game. It is similar to the way Everton fans feel about their £22 million man Morgan Schneiderlin. They know what he can do on his best days, so when he has such a sustained period of poor form, like last season, the fans get on his back.

Gomes is extremely similar in style and will also be easy to chastise when things go wrong. Everton fans must give him the chance to improve, as Schneiderlin has in the past few months.

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20 games last season, but Everton must loan out Jonjoe Kenny this month

The England youth star needs to play regular football, which he will not get at Everton.

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Last season was an impressive one from Everton’s young right-back Jonjoe Kenny. He came into the season off the back of an impressive summer, helping England’s under-20s win the World Cup.

He then went on to play a much larger role in the first-team than anticipated at the start of the campaign. Injuries saw him play 20 times for Everton last season before Seamus Coleman returned to fitness.

Kenny came away from the season as one of few Everton players with any credit from the fans.

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But this season already looks like it will be a lot tougher for Kenny. With Coleman fit, the Irishman can be expected to play every game he is available for Everton. Without European competition, the chance of rotation is very low.

Judging by the season opener v Wolves, Mason Holgate will also get the nod for matchday squads ahead of Kenny. With his ability to play both at centre-back and right-back, it makes perfect sense. With the out-of-favour Cuco Martina still around, Everton are well stocked at right-back.

But Kenny is now beyond under-23 football. He needs to be playing regularly this term though so Everton must surely consider sending him out on loan.

Plenty of Championship teams, who have until the end of the month to secure a deal, and even teams in mainland Europe, would love to have Kenny on board for the season.

If Everton want him to continue progressing, he needs to spend the upcoming campaign away from Goodison Park.

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