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Everton’s Mason Holgate has praised manager Marco Silva for the impact he has had on his development in the first-team.
Holgate has recently had a change in fortune with the Toffees and has found himself becoming a regular within Silva’s plans. The Englishman has started the last four games for the club and has even pushed England international Michael Keane out of the side.
As he has worked himself back into the starting XI, Holgate has praised the manager for the impact he has had on his newly found form.
The defender told evertonfc.com: “I went to talk to the gaffer because I’d gone from playing every game to coming back and not playing,” says Holgate.
“We had a really good conversation and he told me what I had to work on.
“Since that day my focus has been much more ‘on’.
“I’ve been working on different parts of my game and I think that is starting to show.
“It is down to me to prove I’ve made progress, then the manager has to make his decision over whether I play.
“When I do get my chances, I have to prove to him I can stay in the team.
“He is a great coach and has helped me a lot. Last year, my concentration and focus were not as good. He had to keep drilling things home.
“Now, you will have to ask him [if I am right], but I think I take things on a lot more. That helps massively with him.”
Holgate’s form right now for Everton is arguably the best it has been since he joined the Merseyside outfit from Barnsley. The centre-back has registered a goal, assist and a clean sheet in his four starts for the club this season.
The clean sheet and goal came against Watford and his Man of the Match display was the main reason for Everton’s progression into the EFL Cup quarter-final.
Now, as he keeps Keane out of the side, Holgate seems to have become an essential ingredient in Silva’s plans at Goodison Park.