It’s about time Seamus Coleman was replaced at Everton. With that in mind, and while the club surely has the funds to splash the cash, the best option would be to give Mason Holgate a chance instead.
The 22-year-old, dubbed the ‘next John Stones’, went out on loan to West Brom in January and has made 10 appearances in the Championship, even scoring a goal and making three assists. He made 38 appearances for Everton before the loan spell but it was seemingly deemed he needed to grow more as a player.
That seems to have happened and now’s the right time to bring him back and ease him into this youthful squad Marco Silva is building. If he’s not brought back now, it’s hard to see how he’ll ever make it in this Everton team, because they’ll have to buy someone for Coleman’s position soon.
Everton will have to spend a lot of money to catch up with the big six in the Premier League as they hope to do, so saving money by promoting youth talent when it’s there will mean more cash is available for other positions. There’s no harm in giving the youngster a chance.
He could even act as Coleman’s understudy for a period, so the pressure isn’t all on him to perform as first choice. That way he can apply his skills acquired in the Championship to the Premier League as he’s bedded in slowly.
Holgate has done what Everton have asked him to do by proving his worth out on loan in the Championship, so next season it’s time to reward him with the opportunity to join this Everton squad that hopes to break into Europe.
Everton fans, what do you think your club should do with Holgate when he returns from his loan this summer? Join the discussion by commenting below.
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