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Everton: Paul Robinson surprised by Newcastle United’s reported interest in Mason Holgate

Everton: Paul Robinson surprised by Newcastle United’s reported interest in Mason Holgate - Everton

Former Premier League goalkeeper Paul Robinson has been left puzzled by Newcastle’s reported interest in Everton’s Mason Holgate given the long list of centre-backs currently at St. James’ Park.

According to Football Insider, the 23-year-old is on the Magpies’ radar ahead of the January window, with Everton reportedly in two minds as to whether to sell the defender.

Speaking to the same publication on interest from Steve Bruce’s side, Robinson questioned the motives of Newcastle, pointing to the size of their current defensive roster and the impressive performances they have produced so far this season.

Robinson also argued that the impending managerial changes at Everton could delay a decision on Holgate’s future.

He said: “The new manager is coming in, so I don’t think any decision will be made at the Toffees until it can be gauged what a new manager wants.

“So you’re better off holding onto a player he may potentially want.

“Newcastle have numerous centre-halves, and they’re very good centre-halves, so I am surprised they want him and while you can’t believe everything you read, if a player becomes available, you don’t know what Steve Bruce is thinking regarding the movement of other players in his squad.”

Newcastle currently have five centre-backs on their books – and they have scored six Premier League goals between them so far – accounting for just over 35% of their league strikes.

With injury absentee Jamaal Lascelles the youngest of that contingent at 26, perhaps sourcing a younger prospect as a long-term investment is behind the Magpies’ thinking.

Why Everton would want to sell is another matter. Holgate delivered his best performance of the season last weekend (according to WhoScored), as he was awarded a match rating of 7.12, while he has worked his way from the bench to take part in every minute of the Toffees’ last eight league games.

With the Goodison faithful potentially witnessing a possible coming of age from a resurgent Holgate, he may be timing his run of games and form just right in time for making a potential first impression to a new manager in the weeks to come.

So as it stands, as Robinson suggests, perhaps Everton are in no need to let Holgate go.

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