This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
According to The Daily Mail, Mason Holgate is of interest to Bournemouth, Sheffield United and Burnley, with Everton willing to sell the defender for a sum of £8m.
Well, Holgate found chances at Goodison Park hard to come by last season, making just five Premier League appearances.
The 22-year-old eventually joined West Brom on loan in the January window, where he made 21 Championship appearances and scored a single goal for the Baggies – Holgate also recorded four assists.
Whilst the Midlands-based side remain interested, the England Under-21 international has returned to the Toffees but doesn’t seem guaranteed to be a part of Marco Silva’s plans, with the aforementioned report saying that the club are open to loaning him out again.
With just three days until the transfer deadline on Thursday, Everton have only two centre-backs at the club in Yerry Mina and Michael Keane, as well as just one right-back at the club in Seamus Coleman after Jonjoe Kenny departed for Schalke.
We have already discussed just how ridiculous a move it would be if Everton sanctioned Holgate’s departure this summer, seeing how the Englishman can play at right-back or at centre-back, but doing it this close to the deadline without signing another defender first would be downright ludicrous.
Silva wants a right-back before the deadline, and is still pursuing Kurt Zouma which suggests he wants a centre-back as well to bolster his backline.
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If the Merseysiders do let Holgate – a man who can cover in both of these positions – go before signing new faces for the back four then it would be absolute madness, and would also leave them in a weak negotiating position when targeting new defenders.
A situation could easily arise where the Toffees are left desperately scrambling for depth to add to their defence with just one right-back, two centre-backs and two left-backs at the club going into the new season, which is basically just the first-choice back four with Leighton Baines added on.
Everton would be crazy to put themselves in such a perilous position.