Williams lavishes praise on Everton teammate following Bournemouth win

Ashley Williams has paid tribute to Mason Holgate following the England Under-21 international’s impressive performance during Everton’s 2-1 win over Bournemouth at the weekend.

Everton looked to be heading for more disappointment when Joshua King sent Bournemouth ahead in the second period of the clash at Goodison Park, but a late double from Oumar Niasse saw the Toffees record a big three points.

Injuries to Michael Keane and Phil Jagielka saw Holgate handed a centre-back position against Bournemouth, and Williams has hailed the 20-year-old for his performance against two of the most dangerous strikers in the Premier League.

Williams told EvertonTV:

“Mason was comfortable and did very well on the ball. King and [Jermain] Defoe are two of the most difficult strikers to mark (in the Premier League), so I thought he had a really good game.

“It is not an easy position for a young player. It is unforgiving. If you make a mistake, the opposition normally score. King is one of the most powerful strikers in the league – and Defoe is Defoe! I thought Mason did excellently against them.”

Holgate joined Everton on a five-year contract from Barnsley in the summer of 2015.

The versatile defender has mainly operated at full-back during his time on Merseyside, but it is understood that the Englishman sees himself as a centre-back.

Everton will now switch their attention to the Europa League as they prepare to face Cypriot outfit Apollon at Goodison Park on Thursday night.