BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks has heaped praise on Everton’s Mason Holgate after the defender helped to steer his side to successive victories over the Christmas period.
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Carlo Ancelotti has overseen a perfect start as Everton boss with a brace of wins at home to Burnley and away at Newcastle – with Holgate playing every minute.
In selecting Holgate for his Team of the Week segment for BBC Sport, Crooks hailed the 23-year-old’s performances over the last few days, highlighting his versatility and ability to nullify the threat of the towering Andy Carroll.
He said: “The Everton youngster is looking like the real deal these days. The defender was part of a superb defensive display against Burnley and was inspirational away at Newcastle. This young man can play anywhere across the back-four and did so brilliantly twice in a matter of 48 hours. He also kept Andy Carroll quiet for 90 minutes.”
Holgate has certainly become a key man for Everton over the last few weeks and months, featuring in each of the club’s last 13 games in all competitions.
Indeed, he has taken up a number of positions during that time, including when filling in at right-back against Watford back in August, while he stepped out of his usual centre-back role to good effect as he was named as Everton’s top performer as a defensive midfielder against Manchester United by WhoScored.
That he has helped Everton to go five league games unbeaten is another indication of the defender’s progress, while his versatility demonstrates the multi-faceted talent he possesses.
He is therefore more than worthy of a place in Crooks’ Premier League XI given his form, while his continuation in the side following the arrival of Ancelotti is arguably a further sign of his current value to the squad – so the future looks pretty bright for the Toffees defender.
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