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Everton: Mason Holgate was disappointing in FA Cup defeat

Everton crashed out of the FA Cup this afternoon thanks to a dismal 4-0 defeat against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

The Toffees found themselves 2-0 down at halftime with goals from Marc Guehi and Jean-Philippe Mateta putting the hosts ahead.

As the Merseyside club tried to claw the game back, two second-half goals from Wilfried Zaha and Will Hughes capped off a disheartening match for Frank Lampard and his side.

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In terms of individual performances, one name that stood out for all the wrong reasons on this occasion was defender Mason Holgate.

With 90 minutes under his belt against the Eagles, the Englishman had 59 touches of the ball in total but could only complete 25 of the 40 passes he attempted, giving the ball away a whopping 19 times.

Off the ball, things weren’t much better for the defender either as he ended up losing 60% of the duels he was involved in, got dribbled past on one occasion and gave one foul away.

This display ultimately earned the 25-year-old a disappointing overall match rating of 6.1, making him the second-lowest rated outfield player on the day according to SofaScore.

The Liverpool Echo also picked up on the defender’s shaky performance, particularly when he didn’t have the ball by saying that he “looked solid in possession but had his work cut out trying to deal with Jean-Philippe Mateta who showed him a clean pair of heels on a few occasions.”

Even though Jordan Pickford conceded four goals, Holgate, who was slammed for his “dangerous” push on Liverpool attacker Roberto Firmino back in 2018 by Jurgen Klopp, failed to give his goalkeeper much protection when it came to stopping Palace’s attacks, certainly proving dangerous for his own team but for all the wrong reasons.

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As well as his poor showing in today’s game, Holgate’s performances in the Premier League in this campaign have been as equally unimpressive, with WhoScored giving him an overall season rating of 6.43, making him one of the lowest-rated Everton players to start more than five league games.

Taking all of this into account, there must now be some eyebrows being raised about whether or not the centre-back is good enough to not only get his side out of the predicament they’re currently in regarding trying to avoid relegation but to continue with the club at all. On this evidence, he surely has no future at Goodison.

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