Many Everton fans have been criticising the performance of Mason Holgate in their 2-0 home loss to Manchester City in the FA Cup on Saturday evening.
The Merseyside club did very well to keep out Pep Guardiola’s team for 84 minutes at Goodison Park before Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne struck late blows as Carlo Ancelotti’s side crashed out of the competition at the quarter-final stage.
Is Holgate the best centre-back at Everton?
Holgate did not have the best of games, losing out on four of his duels and failing to block any shots on his goal, while also recording fewer touches (36) than his own goalkeeper in Joao Virginia and losing possession of the ball no fewer than 11 times in total in the game, earning him a measly 6.2 overall rating on Sofascore, the third-lowest out of any Everton player to have set foot on the pitch.
Everton fan reaction to Holgate display
These Toffees supporters slammed Holgate’s performance on Twitter, with one Blues fan even going as far to say that he is a ‘major issue’:
“Used to rate Holgate highly. His decision making these past few months have been awful and have cost us. Must invest in a RB in the summer”
“Holgate is another what’s not good enough”
“Holgate out of his depth. Gomes is far to slow in midfield and get Iwobi out gives the ball away to cheaply.”
“Can’t fault the effort there! Best we have played against City for a long time, however, that kind of performance needs to be replicated against Fulham, Newcastle etc! I see progress but we need to be better with the ball! RB Holgate is a major issue! @EvertonBlueArmy #EVEMCI”
“We will have Sigurdsson, Iwobi and Holgate sacked please @Everton”
“Holgate gets dragged out to easily”
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