West Brom supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their team move up to third place in the Championship table following victory on Monday night.
Darren Moore’s men went into their encounter with struggling Bolton Wanderers having failed to win any of their previous three league games, but knowing that all three points at the Macron Stadium would see them leapfrog Sheffield United into third place in the division. And the Baggies did just that after running out comfortable 2-0 winners in Lancashire on Monday night, with goals from Jay Rodriguez and Sam Field inspiring the visitors to a 14th win of the campaign, and to within three points of second place Norwich City.
As such, there have been many thrilled West Brom fans up and down the country in recent times, with several likely to be heaping praise on defender Mason Holgate, who produced another fine display against Bolton on Monday following his move from Everton earlier this month.
And with the Baggies having proven tougher to beat already following the 22-year-old’s arrival at the Hawthorns, the young right back, valued at £6.3 million by Transfermarkt, is looking more and more like an inspired signing by manager Moore.
Ultimately, the Midlands outfit arrived at the January transfer window very much in promotion contention in the second tier, but having shipped too many goals to call into question whether they’d be able to keep pace with the top teams as the season wore on.
In fact, the Baggies had conceded 34 goals in their 26 league games prior to Holgate’s arrival with only a mere three clean sheets in that time, and while that goals against tally is far from disastrous, it was more than those sides around them in the league to suggest that they needed to tighten up defensively.
And the introduction of Everton’s Holgate has gone a long way to do just that, what with the right back helping the Baggies to successive clean sheets against Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup and now Bolton in the Championship to underline the impact he has had on the West Brom backline.
The 22-year-old brings a great deal of tenacity down the right-hand-side to thus aid with defensive duties, while he also has huge quality on the ball with composure in possession but also seeking to get on the ball and move the play forward – after all, there’s a reason he appeared five times for Everton earlier this season.
And with an assist on his debut in their 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday on January 12, Holgate could well play a part in both boxes as the season wears on – but after another very accomplished display on Monday against Phil Parkinson’s Trotters, it’s defensively in which he appears to have made a difference.
As such, with back-to-back clean sheets for the Baggies, and Holgate the only difference in terms of personnel in that backline, it’s pretty clear that the 22-year-old’s arrival is looking more and more like an inspired addition from manager Moore.
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