'Where is the captain who sees it going wrong on the pitch and tells the players to change or help?' — A recent question in a post by Christine got me thinking…
How about a change of captain?
Seamus Coleman is a fantastic servant of the club and still doing a job; his desire and effort never falter. No Evertonian can help but admire him. The problem is, he is not really a leader, motivator, or organiser in terms of his personality. He is a bit more of a "keep quiet, try your hardest, and get on with it" type and expects the rest to follow suit.
I would like to see Mason Holgate be given the role of Everton Captain going forward… now is as good a time as any to make the change. He is the one player with the grit and determination and class to deserve it. He is combative and vocal. You can see it, he has that precious 'winning mentality' and there is an edge to him.
Other players will not want to cross Mason by shirking; he will let them have it if they even think it. I think he has these qualities now, but they will get better with experience and maturity.
Captains are basically chief motivators and organisers on the field. They have a presence that is a psychological boost to the team. I always think the central positions are best suited to this.
Mason Holgate is the type of player I think who would embrace and improve upon being given the armband and the responsibility. Other players would respond to it. He has just been given a long contract and is part of Everton Football Club for the long-term. He is one of a few players that the Carlo Ancelotti team will be built around.
Recent setbacks have not totally extinguished my optimism for the future. I am keeping the faith and I support Carlo Ancelotti 100% to make a difference next season.
You'd better believe it; times they are a changin' … and I think this change could be one of the building blocks to a better team. (Along with the crucial summer reinforcements to central midfield.)
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1 Posted 14/07/2020 at 12:14:38
2 Posted 14/07/2020 at 12:27:09
3 Posted 14/07/2020 at 12:31:43
4 Posted 14/07/2020 at 13:18:56
5 Posted 14/07/2020 at 13:41:35
6 Posted 14/07/2020 at 17:52:57
7 Posted 14/07/2020 at 19:38:48
Someone needs to start doing a Big Nev act, and I don't Pickford sticking his tongue out, so maybe Mason is the man to do that?
8 Posted 14/07/2020 at 23:37:40
This season, he is one of the very few prepared to assert himself on the pitch, get in the faces of the opposition and engage in a dialogue with the officials when appropriate.
He is also one of the few players brave enough to acknowledge the away fans, even after our defeats, of which there have been far too many. A good team has captains all over the pitch. While Mason does not strictly need the armband to fulfil a leadership role, it would be a statement of intent to appoint him as team captain.
9 Posted 15/07/2020 at 09:11:23
We've got internationals all over the pitch - surprisingly not that you'd know. Every single one of them plus the others who aren't should be good enough and know enough a captain shouldn't be required.
When you look at the '60s teams, the '80s teams, we had guys there who were all vocal and many Captain material. A sad indictment where we've come to...
10 Posted 15/07/2020 at 17:35:06
On the field though it has to be Mason. I'm like John Raferty in that, as soon as I saw him step out in blue, I thought "future captain if all goes well" (with the massive caveat that far too many of our youngsters vanish from sight and it would have been equally likely that Holgate would go the same way as Pennington, Browning, Galloway, Foulds and more).
11 Posted 16/07/2020 at 22:42:35
Yes, Mason for Captain gets my vote as, despite the internationals in the squad, Mason plays and acts like he does care about Everton FC.
The team needs a living pulse on the pitch, which we haven't had for a long, long time.
12 Posted 17/07/2020 at 08:55:36
I also agree with Dave Abraham's – put Kenny in at right-back for more pace, crossing ability and grit and the defence is pretty much sorted unless Pickford is sold, which I'd be more than happy about.
We need these young, more determined types to establish a new order at the club and with Holgate and Kenny in charge on the pitch, Calvert-Lewin back to form with Richarlison up front, Digne at left-back half the team is in place.
I personally think Davies will be a good player once the rabble he has to play with in midfield is sorted and he can focus on whatever is his best position. The poor lad takes dreadful stick but he plays centre-midfield virtually unaided by Sigurdsson or Gomes alongside him, often with three opponents on his shoulder. Even Alan Ball would struggle to make an impression in the midfield at the moment.
13 Posted 17/07/2020 at 09:05:54
14 Posted 18/07/2020 at 07:58:25
Dave #3, I know you love Kenny but I am still predicting -- without any supporting evidence or inside information -- that he will not be back. Everton won't renew the loan and Schalke can't afford to buy him outright, but they love him and he could still go back there as a makeweight in a McKennie deal. Unless somebody comes in with a better offer for the young Yank, I think it'll happen.
ps: ESPN reports tonight that McKennie's pursuers now include the RS, Leicester, Spurs, Wolves and Herta Berlin. Spurs are reported to be particularly interested if we beat them to Hojbjerg.
15 Posted 21/07/2020 at 22:58:05
I'm hoping we sign a top quality / world class player who is a real leader and obviously an easy captain decision.
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