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Premier League interest in Holgate

| Monday, 05 August 2019 22comments  |  Jump to last
Everton could be prepared to sell Mason Holgate before the transfer deadline, with three top-flight clubs showing interest according to a report.

MailSport claim that Bournemouth, Burnley and Sheffield United have all inquired about Holgate's availability and that the Blues might do business for a fee of around £8m.

Signed for the club from Barnsley by Roberto Martinez, Holgate spent last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion and had been expected to challenge for a first-team role back at Everton this season, either at right-back or centre-half.

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Kris Boner
1 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:04:05
At what point does a young English centreback with premier league experience stop being a gamble that costs £8m and starts to go for £20m?
Simon Jones
2 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:26:07
Kris #1
Are you trying to apply the Harry Maguire Rule?
Tom Dodds
3 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:29:57
WHAT ?????
Sell the shite keep the talent.8 mill FFS
They only want our little 'Fiestas' (Holgate/Robinson/Baningame/etc..
.. NOT the 'lumps'.
Mike Gaynes
4 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:32:53
I'm not surprised. I've been saying since last fall that Silva had no confidence in Holgate.

I don't think we should sell him, but it's the manager's call.

Tony Abrahams
5 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:36:40
I’m sure it’s lazy journalism, and Everton would want at least £12/15 million for Holgate, even if he’s only got two years left on his contract now.

He’s good with the ball, and he’s also a decent defender, so if I was Everton I’d try and bulk Holgate up, because if you can, he could definitely turn into an excellent player, simply because he’s got all the attributes that are needed?

Ryan Holroyd
6 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:40:14
Holgate will never be good enough for a team trying to get 6th or higher. Sell and reinvest.
James Stewart
7 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:40:18
Not really good enough is he for where we want to be, so would have no problem with this.
Anthony Flack
8 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:57:10
Short-sighted if he's let go. Shows glimpses of class and can pass a ball

Not sure he has had a chance... But, if Marco isn't sure, then no point staying.

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
9 Posted 05/08/2019 at 14:59:32
So which was the better of the two Barnsley Centre halves?

Stones or Holgate?

Ian Horan
10 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:07:48
I would keep Holgate, balls of steel in the derby with Gok Wan (Frimino), Liverpool's No 9. Holgate played really well at West Brom as a wing back.
Jack Convery
11 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:07:52
If he's going, then obviously someone is coming in and books need balancing. I just hope it's Zouma and not one of the Man Utd 3. I would rather we went for Tarkowski than one of those and even Tarkowski is not a dream signing.
Fran Mitchell
12 Posted 05/08/2019 at 15:13:33
In this market, he's worth more. £12-15M I'd say, but likely he'll go for £8-10M.

Will be a good move for him, I expect Gibson to take his place as back-up centre-back so he needs to leave to get games.

We should stick a 15% sell-on fee, cause all he needs is one good season and boom, £50M.

Kris Boner
13 Posted 05/08/2019 at 16:13:23
Simon. The point I'm trying to establish is that Holgate has proven that he is a capable centre-back in the Premier League. He might not be top 4 or top 6 but he is premier league capable. He also is only 22 years old. How many other 22 Premier League tested centre backs are there? He gets additional value from being English as he will fill the homegrown quota for a team.

What I'm struggling with is the idea that he would be an asset to probably 10 of the teams in the league, one that has a future of 10 years of value and yet somehow he couldn't even command double figures.

Alan J Thompson
14 Posted 05/08/2019 at 17:07:46
Have we got anybody that this manager wants to keep. He may turn out to be the "super" coach we've been led to believe but I just have this problem with managers coming in to clubs and replacing the entire squad with those from his former clubs or of the same nationality as seemed to happen over the park with Houllier and Benitez. Soon we may be asking how many players he has kept and given a regular place in the team.

And we seem to be moving a lot of young players but not those on the big wages who did not play any part last season.

Peter Warren
15 Posted 05/08/2019 at 17:19:47
Would take him over a lot of central defenders in the league including Ake. I think he’s a good player and potentially really good
Tommy Carter
16 Posted 05/08/2019 at 17:24:08
Peter. I agree. I like Holgate, I think he’s got something about him and he backs himself, which I like. I’d be happy to see him stay and get a decent share of games.

Acknowledging Mike, you have said this on a number of occasions. Agreed, it seems he isn’t Silva’s cup of tea. I think he likes his Centre Backs taller and more physical than Holgate. I’d like to see him prov d wrong in this instance

Simon Jones
17 Posted 05/08/2019 at 19:44:19
Kris #13
I'm in total agreement with you, I'm just trying to adjust to the world that exists with the EIGHTY MILLION POUND HARRY MAGUIRE!

Holgate looked good at times and certainly had a bit of bite to him. He's at least a quarter as good as HM and you are spot on, he'd be an asset in at least half of the PL sides.

Martin Berry
18 Posted 05/08/2019 at 20:23:34
He is young he is a talent and we should keep him. As he matures he will be a top player, he just needs development time that many don't quite get it.
Kase Chow
19 Posted 05/08/2019 at 23:54:49
Get rid

He’s not a dominating centre back nor a particular quick one. Keeping him would show we’re happy to just make do. If we don’t get Zouma then we need to aim for someone of his class. Gone are the days of hanging onto a player and hoping they fulfil their potential

Holgate can’t even play right back because he can’t attack particular well. I see no redeeming features

That said, £8M seems cheap but if that’s all that’s being offered then take it. We need to pay Sandro’s wages...

Si Smith
20 Posted 05/08/2019 at 23:58:12
Holgate needs keeping and grooming for a big career at the blues, £8m for a young, fast, athletic English centre half with plenty of top flight games already under his belt.

If we kept him for 2 more seasons, grooming him this one and letting him develop physically for next, he could be worth 5 times that silly £8m fee.

I know a lot of ToffeeWebbers don't rate a lot of our lads, but is Holgate really £72m behind Miguire, £68m behind Nathen Ake, and £18m behind Tyrone Mings !!

I've said it before a few times but Holgate should play 25+ games for us this season, being our most used sub. On at right back for Coleman, used at centre half against most bottom 6 side at home to rest Mina and Keane, also used as a sub at defensive mid and centre half to keep a lead in games. If he was given this experience he would step up a level or two atleast and be a good solid 3rd choice centre half for the 2020/21 season.

Alan J Thompson
21 Posted 06/08/2019 at 06:49:07
Is it really 25 years since we signed, for a then world record transfer fee for a defender –£4.25M – none other than the elusively injured Slaven Bilic?
James Ebden
22 Posted 06/08/2019 at 11:17:54
Holgate isn't strong enough to stand up to decent Premier League defenders, he gets bullied too easily. He isn't up to the level we need to progress, so we need to get rid. Simples.

We can't just keep hanging on and hanging on to these U23 players in hope they one day come good. If they haven't staked a claim in the first team by 22, they won't do.

Look across the park. Trent, Gomez, Stirling etc. If they are going to make it, then they will look up to the job by 22. If they look out of their depth at 21 or 22, cut your losses.

Peter #15 – Ake is far far better than Holgate. That's why Man City and others are sniffing around.

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