According to The Express and Star, West Brom are hoping to bring Everton’s Mason Holgate back to the club even though they are closing in on the capture of QPR right-back Darnell Furlong.
The Baggies took Holgate on loan for the second half of last season, and the England Under-21 international impressed the Hawthorns faithful with some decent performances.
The 6 foot defender has since returned to his parent club, and no significant update has been issued on his future, until The Express and Star revealed West Brom’s stance on the 22-year-old.
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The Championship play-off semi-finalists are keen to bring Holgate back to the club on loan, and are waiting to see if Everton will allow the defender to leave once again.
Being on the verge of signing Furlong, who is predominantly a right-back, hasn’t stunted the Midlands-based side’s interest in Holgate, who can also play at centre-back.
You may argue that Holgate isn’t a pivotal figure at Everton given the fact that he was allowed to leave on loan as recently as January, but the Toffees will be in serious trouble if they let him leave again.
Since the window opened, Marco Silva’s side have lost a centre-back in Kurt Zouma, and a right-back in Jonjoe Kenny – both of whom play in positions Holgate can cover.
Zouma has returned to Chelsea after his loan deal expired, whilst Kenny has signed for Bundesliga side Schalke on loan.
As a result, Everton would be leaving themselves severely thin at the back if they sanctioned another departure for Holgate.
Ignoring Holgate, Silva has just Michael Keane and Yerry Mina to choose from at centre-back along, and only Seamus Coleman at right-back if you ignore academy prospects – that isn’t a good level of depth for a side with ambitions as lofty at Everton’s.
If Holgate, a man who can play at centre-back and right-back, leaves amidst such a defensive crisis, the Toffees could be in all sorts of trouble.