Former Tottenham and England goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes Everton defender Mason Holgate has ‘gotten better with age’.
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson revealed he’s been impressed with the young defender in what has been a poor start to the season from the Toffees.
Everton were in the relegation zone at the start of the month, leading to the dismissal of Marco Silva as manager, with Duncan Ferguson taking over as caretaker manager.
Defending has been an issue for them, conceding 29 in their 17 Premier League games, including five at the hands of Merseyside rivals Liverpool.
Holgate has come back into the team of late, and Robinson has been pleased with his progress, he said: “I think he’s come back into the side, he’s another one that’s gotten better with age.
“He’s been loaned out, it looked like at one-point his future at Everton probably lay elsewhere, but he’s come back in, played centre-half as well, he’s also chipped in with a couple of goals and I think his defensive performances have been the best of a bad bunch.”
The 23-year-old showed his versatility as he played in central midfield during their 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford. Indeed, as per WhoScored, he picked up the highest rating of any Everton player yesterday (7.12/10) while the club’s official Twitter account also noted his performance after winning 7 duels, making 2 interceptions and 2 blocks.
Given their current injury problems, he could find himself playing that role more in the future as Ferguson continues on an interim basis and it’s easy to see why Robinson has said this.
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