According to a recent report from Football Insider, Everton have already received and snubbed two offers for their young defender, Mason Holgate, who is being monitored by Sheffield United and Bournemouth.
The 23-year-old defender seems to be a player in high demand at the moment, following a series of fine performances for the Merseyside squad under Carlo Ancelotti’s leadership.
The same source also states that both of the offers arrived in the ongoing January transfer window but the new gaffer isn’t keen on offloading him.
Call yourself a Premier League expert? How much did each of these big-money January signings cost?
Still, since Holgate does appear to be gathering momentum, we’ve rounded up a handful of expert opinions from those who know him best to reveal what he could offer at Sheffield United.
Let’s here what they’ve had to say…
Back when the current Netherlands coach was still managing Everton, Holgate was only 19 years of age but already on a clear path towards becoming a great player for the future.
Koeman recognised that quickly and commended the youngster for having the quality despite his age.
Here’s what he said to the Toffees’ official website, as quoted by FotMob:
“It’s very positive how Mason Holgate is doing, how he is developing himself and the game time he is getting. He was part of the good defensive organisation. [Holgate] has big quality for a young player. It looks like he’s very comfortable on the pitch.
“Of course, he has the confidence of the manager and the rest of the players – but you need to perform on the pitch and he’s doing that. If you play against Marko Arnautovic, it’s difficult for a defender because he’s a good player. But I didn’t see Arnautovic – and that’s a big, big compliment for Holgate.”
It’s always great when a young defender is applauded by a fellow striker but in this case, Holgate was actually praised by a legend of the game in Alan Shearer, who talked about the youngster after Everton’s 1-1 draw against West Ham.
Ever since his return to the Toffees, the now 23-year-old has been in encouraging form, as the pundit noted when speaking on Match of the Day, as relayed by Liverpool Echo:
“Another one (impressive display). I like the confidence to pass it through the centre of the park with pace on it. Decision making was excellent, I thought.
“He plays his part in the goal because of his strength and his ability to flick it on there. He’s not afraid to play and he has a belief in his own ability and then gives it to Calvert-Lewin to set Everton on their way. Quick, strong and everything you would want from one of your defenders.”
Crooks was discussing the general impact Ancelotti’s appointment has had on Everton as a team, and one of his observations was Holgate’s improvement.
He believes there is now a certain sense of tactical understanding behind their play and the young defender seems to be at the heart of it all.
Here’s what Crooks noted in his column for BBC, as quoted by Daily Star:
“I’ve been talking about Mason Holgate for some time and the young defender makes my TOTW for the third time this season. Holgate played a pivotal role in the point gained by Everton at West Ham.
“This lad is maturing into a top-class defender. This is a much more resilient team under Carlo Ancelotti with a developing sense of professionalism about their performances.”
It seems that Holgate truly has prospered at Everton this season and proving to be on a steady route towards becoming a fantastic defender in the near future.
For that reason, the fact Everton are actually declining offers left and right doesn’t really come as a surprise.