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Report: Two Everton players' futures were under serious threat if Marcel Brands stayed at Goodison

Yerry Mina and Mason Holgate were under threat in the defensive clearout Marcel Brands was planning at Everton, according to the Athletic.

Brands left in December, when Rafa Benitez was still the manager, but Kevin Thelwell and Frank Lampard have overseen a slump to see the club in real relegation danger.

The short term priority now is getting the results which ensure that the Toffees are a Premier League club next season.

It is impossible to plan properly for the summer while it is unclear which division Everton will be in, but Brands was planning a squad revamp before his departure.

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The report reads: “This summer will see Mina move into the final 12 months of his contract. That no new deal has yet been formally offered, let alone signed, is a decision in itself for a club who often look to secure key players on fresh terms once they enter the final 24 months of their contracts.

A parting of ways is by no means guaranteed but is not altogether unlikely. At times over the past year, it has indeed seemed like the obvious direction of travel.

Everton have felt for a while that some sort of defensive restructuring is needed. Young full-backs Nathan Patterson, and Vitaliy Mykolenko arrived in the January window, with this summer expected to bring changes in the centre.

Sources suggest the plan under previous director of football Marcel Brands, before his December departure, was to trim the number of bodies at centre-back to free up funds and make room for additions. Two of those vulnerable in that scenario, according to several of those with knowledge of the situation, were Mina and Mason Holgate.”

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Mina and Holgate more likely to leave if Everton go down

The report says that Mina is not definitely going to leave in the summer but surely if Everton are relegated to the Championship, he would look to go.

Holgate would likely look for a Premier League move if the Toffees dropped, but he has played in the second tier on loan at West Brom and could be a valuable asset at that level.

Obviously, Brands is not around any more and there is no guarantee offered in the report that Thelwell is plotting to follow the same path as his predecessor.

This season has made it clear that Everton need to reshape their squad, whatever the future holds, but those changes will be more drastic if Lampard’s men come in the bottom three.

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