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Everton determined to keep Mason Holgate amid interest from West Brom

According to the Liverpool Echo, Everton are keen to keep Mason Holgate at the club despite interest from West Brom, who are looking to turn the right-back’s loan move into a permanent one having impressed during his loan spell at the Hawthorns.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Toffees boss Marco Silva remains a fan on Holgate, despite sending the Englishman out on loan to the Baggies after struggling to find a place for him in his starting lineup.

Holgate signed a new contract with the Merseysiders in December before leaving on loan, so he is clearly in Silva’s plans.

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The former Barnsley defender was involved heavily at the start, making five Premier League appearances as the Toffees suffered a few injuries and suspensions at the back, but lost his place after Kurt Zouma imposed himself on the team – Holgate is too good to be sat on the bench, however, so was shipped out on loan in order to remain fresh.

A solution to Everton’s right-back problem?

It’s no secret that the Toffees have a bit of a situation at right-back. This season, Seamus Coleman has looked far from the player we’ve become accustomed to watching marauding up and down the flank over the years, whilst second-choice Jonjoe Kenny hasn’t done enough to take the Irishman’s place in his few appearances so far.

Holgate has impressed under Darren Moore’s promotion hopefuls since arriving in the January window, and has already grabbed three assists in just nine appearances from right-back.

Still just 22 years of age, Holgate has plenty of room for improvement and is already showing form that could see him drafted in at right-back under Silva for the next campaign.

Should the Toffees make that decision, it could save them a fair bit of cash and solve a huge problem in the starting lineup.

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