Everton made it four points from two matches at the start of the 2018-19 Premier League campaign with a 2-1 win over Southampton at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.
Theo Walcott and Richarlison were on the scoresheet for the Toffees, who managed to hold on for all three points despite Danny Ings halving the deficit on Merseyside.
Mason Holgate was given the opportunity to start at centre-back for Everton due to the fact that Yerry Mina is still not ready following his move from Barcelona.
Holgate has also profited from Phil Jagielka’s red card against Wolverhampton Wanderers on the opening weekend of the new campaign.
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The 21-year-old might well find it difficult to secure regular football this season due to the club’s investment in the summer transfer window.
However, the 6ft ace put in a positive performance against Southampton, and the Everton fans were pleased with his work.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
Holgate > Jags & Keane
— Anthony C 🇧🇷🐦 (@anthony_challis) August 21, 2018
I’d rather Holgate ahead of Zouma because we actually own him, but good we have 4 good centre backs contesting for 2 starting spots.
— Jordan Gifkins (@JGifkins) August 21, 2018
Holgate was very good and up there for the MOTM shouts I thought. And under the eye of Southgate. Will of definitely gave him food for thought…
— Aide Dews (@AidyDews) August 21, 2018
Holgate was solid on Saturday i thought not sure about this zone positioning for corners though Ings was stood on his own onside for every one of there corners? Not a fan of zonal marking never heard of a zone scoring from a corner, pick up a man for me everytime!
— Paul Houlihan (@PabsH77) August 21, 2018
— brian dewick (@bolanite) August 21, 2018
Holgate been impressive since jagielka got off his season with a red
— Victor Andersson (@Anaciv) August 21, 2018