Former Premier League star Peter Crouch has picked out three Everton players for praise in their 2-0 win over Liverpool at the weekend – with Mason Holgate getting a special mention.
The former talisman was asked about the Merseyside-derby, Everton’s first win at Anfield since 1999, during his weekly question and answer piece in the Daily Mail.
Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson compounded Liverpool’s recent misery; leaving Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti ecstatic.
Crouch believed Holgate deserved special praise but during his assessment of the contest, he named three players who he believed were star men for the Toffees.
He wrote in the Daily Mail: “Give Everton due credit because they played really well.
“So many players made that result possible. Jordan Pickford was outstanding in goal, I loved the way Seamus Coleman kept Andy Roberton in check and Mason Holgate was brilliant.
“He needs to be mentioned; he’s different class and is going to be a top player.”
Holgate has spent some of this season out injured but since his return, he’s quickly become a regular in Ancelotti’s team again.
He has played 14 Premier League games during 2020/21 and has showcased his versatility to play at centre-back and right-back.
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Plenty of summer signings have caught the eye at Goodison Park but the future is bright with regards to young talent too.
Crouch was right to praise Holgate for his stunning showing on Saturday. He operated in a back three, alongside Michael Keane and Ben Godfrey.
The versatile performer earns £37,500-a-week at Everton and is under contract until 2025 at the club.
He has plenty of time on his side in his professional career and he’s proving to be a solid signing for Everton.
Holgate checked in on Merseyside in 2015 from Barnsley having been linked with Bournemouth, Manchester United and Newcastle.
At 24 there is more to come from the defender and as a result, Everton will hope he can continue to flourish under Ancelotti.