Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the new era at their football club following the appointment of Marco Silva as their club’s new manager last week.
The Portuguese had been out of a job since being sacked at fellow Premier League side Watford back in January, with the Hornets firmly laying the blame on Everton for his departure following their approaches for the 40-year-old in their quest to replace Ronald Koeman. Yet the Toffees now have their man following Sam Allardyce’s dismissal, what with the former England chief relieved of his duties last month despite taking the club to eighth place in the Premier League.
Subsequently, there are many excited Evertonians in the Tavern at present, with many hoping that Silva can make some telling signings over the summer, one of which could well be Newcastle United’s Jamaal Lascelles given recent reports note their interest in the defender.
And while the addition of the £13.5 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) would likely be well received by Everton fans, it would surely spell bad news for current Toffees defender Mason Holgate.
Ultimately, the Merseyside outfit were pretty poor at the back for the vast majority of the 2017/18 season, eventually ending up conceding 58 goals in their 38 Premier League matches, keeping just ten clean sheets along the way.
Be it Ashley Williams, Phil Jagielka, or even summer signing Michael Keane, no one really stood out in the heart of the Toffees defence, although 21-year-old Holgate was arguably the best of the bunch.
The England Under-21 international earned 15 Premier League appearances for the club this term but had his season cut-short due to injury, although his lowly tally of 15 games, fewer than the aforementioned trio, somewhat surprised our resident Everton fans, many of whom felt Holgate should have commanded more regular football.
Nonetheless, with Ramiro Funes Mori also coming back from injury and likely to be fully fit ahead of the new season, alongside the likes of Keane, Williams, and Jagielka, Holgate looks set to struggle for regular football, let alone if Lascelles joins the club as well.
And were the Newcastle skipper to indeed make the move to Goodison Park, Holgate’s long-term prospects would also take a substantial hit, what with Lascelles just 24 years of age, and former Burnley defender Keane just 25.
Thus, not only would Lascelles’ arrival spell bad news for Holgate in his bid for regular football next season, but it would also be problematic for his long-term hopes at Goodison Park, thus combining for some seriously bad news for the 21-year-old defender.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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