Everton fans have been debating on social media whether or not Mason Holgate should be pushed into midfield and Jean-Philippe Gbamin should move to centre back.
Holgate, who typically plays as a defender, featured in midfield during his side’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United earlier in the season, with the temporary manager Duncan Ferguson utilising him in the middle of the park. Having been touted as the replacement for Idrissa Gana Gueye, Gbamin has been riddled with injury since his arrival at Goodison Park in the summer. The 23-year-old made his breakthrough at French side RC Lens as a right-back before transitioning into a centre-back role. During his spell at Mainz, he played 12 games in that position and 24 games for Lens, as per TransferMarkt.
Might be an unpopular opinion but when Jean-Phillippe Gbamin’s black magic spell has wore off. I’d push Holgate into the middle and start him at centre-half, get him up to speed with the physicality + he will have more time on the ball at the back rather than in the middle!#EFC pic.twitter.com/FZlju9FF6N
— The Gwladys Street (@TheGwladysSt) January 19, 2020
As a result, fans began to discuss whether the two players should trade positions in the Toffees’ setup. Gbamin has been sidelined since August with a hamstring setback and some supporters have discussed the possibility of moving him to the back while bringing Holgate further forward. This created a great debate on Twitter and those involved made their feelings clear on social media.
Check out some of the best comments from Everton fans down below…
This seems quite logical. Don’t understand why people are against this.
It’s not as if we have anything to lose really, either. Plenty of time and opportunity for Carlo to test things out. Things like these are what he should be trying.
— KO🇮🇹 (@Kosborne2462) January 19, 2020
He used to play centre half/right back years ago at Lens. He’s more than capable
— Dan (@DW1878) January 19, 2020
Gbamin has played a centre half before
— COME ON YOU BLUES! (@Tezza_c1878) January 19, 2020
crying out for a decent centre mid and when one gets fit put him centre half 🤷♂️ also holgates our best centre back too, makes no sense
— Andrew Riley (@AndrewRiley94) January 19, 2020
Just let him settle and adapt in his position rather than throw him in at centre half just to change him again in the future meaning more adaptation time
— Ree$ (@ReesJones99) January 19, 2020
Holgate currently our best defender just get gbamin in center mid that’s his best position need to get him up to speed a few sub appearance get him in slowly
— craig johno (@cjohno1001) January 19, 2020
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