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.
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.