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Former England international Darren Bent likes the look of Everton’s new centre-back duo of Yerry Mina and Mason Holgate.
Everton have managed to improve across the pitch in recent weeks, having registered two Premier League wins and progressed in the Carabao Cup as well.
It seems Marco Silva is close to finding a winning formula within his team. Djibril Sidibe has started the last four league games at right-back, as has Tom Davies in midfield, whilst Cenk Tosun has played a part in the last two games also.
Arguably Silva’s best change in recent weeks, however, has been the addition of Holgate alongside Mina.
Bent told Football Insider when asked about the centre-back pair: “They’re good players, they can work together, they’re both powerful, they’re both good on the ball, it’s just about them working together to do the best for Everton football club.
“Mina is going to be seen as the more senior player, he needs to take more of a senior approach.”
Holgate was drafted in for the Brighton & Hove Albion trip, as Mina missed out through injury. Despite the loss, the 23-year-old impressed in that game, registering a smart assist for Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
He has since gone onto score and provide another assist, whilst keeping a rare clean sheet in the EFL Cup against Watford.
Overall, Holgate has proved his worth in each game, going from strength to strength and vindicating the decision to drop Michael Keane to the substitutes bench.
Now, it seems that Silva has built a formidable partnership without the former Burnley man and the Portuguese manager must continue with this winning formula at the back.