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Everton to open contract talks with Holgate

| Monday, 03 February 2020 62comments  |  Jump to last

Everton will seek to secure versatile defender Mason Holgate to an improved and extended deal in the coming weeks as recognition of his impressive form this season.

The 23-year-old faced an uncertain future when he returned to the club last summer after a season-long loan in the Championship with West Bromwich Albion but, with Everton failing to secure a replacement for the departing Kurt Zouma, opportunities to shine came his way this season.

Holgate has grabbed those chances with both hands, performing brilliantly at centre-half and also as a central midfielder when required, first during Duncan Ferguson's interim tenure and now under Carlo Ancelotti.

Paul Joyce of The Times has tweeted that Everton will hold talks with Holgate and his agent and the club are also confident of successful contract negotiations with Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

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Colin Glassar
1 Posted 03/02/2020 at 21:37:35
Player of the season so far.
Arild Andersen
2 Posted 03/02/2020 at 21:37:59
Good news. I wasn’t convinced, but he has been good and will improve in the future. Also liked him as defensive mid.
Kieran Kinsella
3 Posted 03/02/2020 at 21:57:19
All summer the talk was of getting a CB to play alongside Keane. Now it's very much a case of whether Keane and Mina are up to the job of playing alongside Holgate. I think his spell at WBA really helped him just get into a good routine, playing regularly, at a high level. Prior to that we had brought him in and out of the team too frequently so he was never really able to get into his groove.
Robert Tressell
4 Posted 03/02/2020 at 22:00:53
Been one of the highlights of a weird season. On the subject of weirdness, why is the font size on my ToffeeWeb suddenly so massive? Just me?
Simon Smith
5 Posted 03/02/2020 at 22:04:00
If you're on an iPhone, Robert, you probably accidentally clicked in the top left-hand corner of the screen. You can adjust font size quite easily there.
Tom Bowers
6 Posted 03/02/2020 at 22:13:22
It's been steady progress so far under Carlo Ancelotti as far as getting points and I was hoping of us getting points over the last month or so which was so important given the top teams we have to play after the Palace game. Just a pity about the Barcodes collapse.

However, the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal have not been as impressive as they may have been given the changes they are going through on the field and off, somewhat like Everton.

Even Man City and Leicester City have stuttered, making it so much easier for Liverpool.

Holgate and Mina are settling down and, with Keane waiting to jump in, it provides the kind of healthy pressure needed to keep the defence on its toes.

The same goes for the forwards with Moise Kean looking like he wants to play for real and Walcott chipping in a little better.

Brent Stephens
7 Posted 03/02/2020 at 22:13:38
Robert you're holding your phone too close to your eyes maybe?
Robert Tressell
8 Posted 03/02/2020 at 22:49:37
It's still massive. I have tried clicking on things and, Brent, holding my phone a bit further away. Still not as massive as Holgate's new contract. Good lad.
Brent Stephens
9 Posted 03/02/2020 at 22:57:25
Close your phone down and reboot?
Brent Stephens
10 Posted 03/02/2020 at 22:58:49
Or pinch the screen with two fingers and move them both closer together?
Steve Shave
11 Posted 03/02/2020 at 23:26:18
I can see the club announcing Holgate and Calvert-Lewin together as having signed new contracts, good PR stunt for the new regime!
Lester Yip
12 Posted 04/02/2020 at 00:31:37
I think he's got good pace as a centre-back and complement well with Mina and Keane. And he's still young. So massive potential. Not sure will the club bring in a natural left-footer though.
Graham Hammond
13 Posted 04/02/2020 at 01:52:55
Alongside Richarlison, probably our Player of the Season thus far. Looking like a Captain in waiting too, in my opinion, looking at the current staff and personnel. Hopefully, we can bring in a couple of genuine leaders and winners in the Summer though. Keep working on that left peg Mason and put in the extra hours, it will help you to kick on even more.
Darren Hind
14 Posted 04/02/2020 at 04:48:48
Footballer with nasty streak. What's not to like?

Get it done!

Drew O'Neall
15 Posted 04/02/2020 at 06:02:41
Reminds me of the Rat.

Bit small, can get around the pitch, touch of the nark and can play midfield...

...Two strong headers of the ball up top and plenty of crosses coming in from out wide, it’s starting to feel like Everton again.

Bobby Mallon
16 Posted 04/02/2020 at 06:42:37
Liverpool are having a Leicester season, it's all fell into place for them. All the other teams are floundering, Chelsea on transfer ban etc. Next season, they will all buy better players and it will carry on.
Tony Everan
17 Posted 04/02/2020 at 07:06:38
This is the best news. Mason is a class act with a steely determination and a winning mentality. Personality wise, similar to Calvert-Lewin, in that he has an uncompromising belief in his ability and the sheer will to carry it through.

There's been posts about a storm brewing at our club, with regards to a potent team coalescing. I feel it myself.

We have a quality attack which covers all the bases of threat. Moise Kean is being slowly introduced to the mix too. Dominic and Richie playing the fluid 4-4-2 formation are dangerous and are complimenting each other. There's always goals and chances to be had when they are paired.

Centre of defence is looking much more authoritative and stable since Mason's cool head has been influencing it. Mina has improved a lot too for a good run in the side. He has quality about him too.

When Harry Redknapp sold Rio Ferdinand from West Ham to Man Utd he called him Rolls-Royce player. I see that type of description fitting for Mason. A cool head and confidence in his ability, he is one of the players who will be central to taking us to the next level.

There was one incident that really stood out for me on Saturday, our full back got into bother and lost the ball and as quick as a flash Mason had read the situation. He had the mistake covered in an instant and beat the Watford attacker to the ball and put it safely out of play. Really good defending.

On top of this JJK will return a better player and will become a solid fixture at RB.

Our young lads are getting better by the week, on the back of it the senior players are raising their game. Carlo Ancelloti is instilling a nurturing belief.

I think with one signing, or maybe two, in the summer a quality Central Midfielder and a potentially bigger wing threat like Adama Traore or Everton Saores and we will be back challenging for the top 4 and an overdue trophy.

Getting the right players won't be cheap and it's down to Marcel Brands to now slowly evolve this squad, introduce and focus on signing only top quality, even if that amounts to signing just the one player in a window.

Dick Fearon
18 Posted 04/02/2020 at 07:56:14
When John Stones was touted as the best centre-half in England, I said he was not even the best centre-half at Everton. Mason will prove me right.
Martin Mason
19 Posted 04/02/2020 at 08:16:02
Tony, didn't Rio Ferdinand go to Leeds Utd and then to Man Utd?
Martin Mason
20 Posted 04/02/2020 at 08:20:36
Dick, I don't think that you ever saw Stones touted as the best in England while he was at Everton only that he had the potential to be which is true. He was exceptional for us and he is still an exceptional player so please don't rewrite history. I'd love to see him back with us but my guess is that his next move will be to a top European club.
Len Hawkins
21 Posted 04/02/2020 at 08:28:49
Is he a Franz Moore or a Bobby Beckenbauer? He looks comfortable on the ball and loves to drive forward and he can defend like he knows where to be at the right time and blocks or tackles, if he continues to improve at the rate he has since regaining a first team spot, the World is his lobster.

I just can't get my head around the improvement in players that, a few weeks ago, were being lined up for the DCM (Don't come Monday) by the fans. It reminds me of the old joke about the octopus that could play any musical instrument, a Scotsman threw its owner a set of bagpipes and said, "I bet it can't play them!"

The Octopus was wrestling with the bagpipes and the Scotsman was getting cocky and mocking the octopus. "Don't worry," said it's owner, "When he finds out he can't fuck it, he'll play them."

Carlo is in charge of the octopus now.

Sean Callaghan
22 Posted 04/02/2020 at 08:36:06
That made me chuckle Len, thanks
Drew O'Neall
23 Posted 04/02/2020 at 09:31:21
I hope we are tapping up that young lad Longstaff who won’t sign his contract at Newcastle.
Mark Dunford
24 Posted 04/02/2020 at 09:35:06
Agree - Player of Season as things stand, with DCL as his main rival. Holgate is one who has really started to fulfil his obvious potential and a player with clear, brave commitment who doesn't hide and never really has. Recall his determination and anger in a farcical capitulation at Spurs under the-manager-who-should-never-be-named a few years where his attitude put more experienced players to shame; this attribute has come to fore again this season.
Paul Dewhurst
25 Posted 04/02/2020 at 09:37:47
At 23 he’s now got about 100 games in the bag now, over 5 years but I would guess 30-40 ish have been regular over the last 12 months. Fortunately for him and us we missed out on Zouma, and he got a chance (forced to play) then been the most consistent. Better player on the ball than the other two CB’s, and gives options in MF / Back 3 or a sweeper hopefully keeps improving. But being taught how to defend by an old school Italian can old be good news
Sam Hoare
26 Posted 04/02/2020 at 10:22:13
He's been a massive, massive positive in the last few months though i'm wary of getting too excited too soon. He's still only started about 15 games this season and consistency over long periods is the key for all great players.

Fingers crossed he can continue to play well and learn and improve.

I think him and Mina have the potential for a strong CB partnership though I still feel both may be prone to mistakes and suspect positioning at times. I'd still like to buy another CB this summer as 3 senior CBs does not seem enough but maybe if Gibson or Feeney excel on loan there will be no need. In an ideal world I'd sell Keane to a team where he'd prosper (Burnley, Palace etc anyone who plays a low block) for £20m and buy Zouma or another quick, physical option to partner either Mina or Holgate. Also possible that Holgate could spend his career at DMC, he seems to have the tools to play there.

Sam Hoare
27 Posted 04/02/2020 at 10:22:13
He's been a massive, massive positive in the last few months though i'm wary of getting too excited too soon. He's still only started about 15 games this season and consistency over long periods is the key for all great players.

Fingers crossed he can continue to play well and learn and improve.

I think him and Mina have the potential for a strong CB partnership though I still feel both may be prone to mistakes and suspect positioning at times. I'd still like to buy another CB this summer as 3 senior CBs does not seem enough but maybe if Gibson or Feeney excel on loan there will be no need. In an ideal world I'd sell Keane to a team where he'd prosper (Burnley, Palace etc anyone who plays a low block) for £20m and buy Zouma or another quick, physical option to partner either Mina or Holgate. Also possible that Holgate could spend his career at DMC, he seems to have the tools to play there.

Peter Neilson
28 Posted 04/02/2020 at 10:28:12
Excellent news and hopefully gets completed. Also hope we get DCL to sign a new contract. Both have proven themselves and it's a no brainer to keep players who we know will perform for us. It will also be two fewer wild gambles we need to make in the transfer market.
Mal van Schaick
29 Posted 04/02/2020 at 11:05:34
Improving player who is a must keep if the owner is serious about long term success for Everton.
Brian Harrison
30 Posted 04/02/2020 at 11:20:01
I am delighted he is being offered a new contract, he has definitely earned the right to get a new contract. We have a group of talented youngsters who could be the backbone of a very good side for years to come. I said quite a few weeks back that I thought Mason would be called into the next England squad, seeing as Mings and Ake have been included in the past and he is better than both of those.

The only problem with him being in the England squad it will open up his talent to the rest of Europe, so I hope the new deal ties him to us for a long time. With all clubs focusing more on up and coming talent rather than the finished article these days, unless we start competing at the top end of the league some of our youngsters may be lured away.

Let's hope that Carlo will work his magic and get us in a position to challenge the top 4/6 that will persuade these young players that they can win things by staying at Everton.

Rob Dolby
31 Posted 04/02/2020 at 12:30:40
The lad has played well no doubt about it. Some of the comments are a bit ott.

Does he deserve a new contract, yes. Is he the new Kevin Ratcliff, no.

He has bags of potential and hopefully he can keep on progressing. The one thing he has over our other 2 centre Half's is pace which is something most of the team lack.

Martin Berry
32 Posted 04/02/2020 at 13:10:13
Pleasing comments about Mason as he had been pilloried previously from some quarters about not going to be good enough although he was still young and learning.

Same was said of Calvert-Lewin who has proved doubters wrong so far and along with Tom Davies (who will be a cracker) – they just need time and patience and we will have three very sought after and exciting young talents.

Dick Fearon
33 Posted 04/02/2020 at 13:49:12
Martin M @20,

If Stones was not considered by many the best English centre-half, why was Pep desperate to get him? John could not lace the boots of some Everton centre-backs I have seen.

He thought he knew it all and Pep has also discovered he would brook no advice. In most games I saw him, he could be relied upon to make at least one calamitous mistake.

Peter Warren
34 Posted 04/02/2020 at 13:49:38
Hopefully, he will keep improving. Haven't seen him against top strikers yet so that will be a good challenge. He's definitely a player who is very good for our squad being able to cover both centre-half roles, right back and defensive midfield. Think he played pre-season under Koeman and since then, whenever picked, I think he's done okay. This season he has undoubtedly shown despite the teams very poor showing.

My major concern about him is his aerial ability although every passing year that attribute is decreasing in its' importance.

In terms of player of the season, I have to say Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison have been very good with few chances being created for either.

Francis van Lierop
35 Posted 04/02/2020 at 14:07:25
Well deserved, and a sign of better things to come.
We can trust Carlo further to nurture our good young players.

One thing, Brian @ 30, Nathan Aké has been called up to his national squad, but not the English one, as he's Dutch.

Matthew Williams
36 Posted 04/02/2020 at 14:20:06
Great news, a top youngster who improves every game he plays.
Andrew Keatley
37 Posted 04/02/2020 at 14:20:23
Mason Holgate has been the biggest plus of the season. DCL has also made strides, but mostly in respect of scoring goals - his all-round play has been steadily improving for two and a half years and he has been one of our stronger players over that period.

What strikes me about Holgate is his composure. He's still got various areas he can make improvements in, but it's hard to learn composure. When in possession - and often when sweeping up - Holgate generally looks calm and backs himself to do something constructive with the ball. He also knows when to hit Row Z - something that was always an achilles heel for John Stones. We've got a very versatile, very athletic, very competitive young player who with a fair wind can become one of the most coveted defenders in the Premier League. An improved long-term contract is a must (as it is for the excellent DCL).

Christy Ring
38 Posted 04/02/2020 at 16:16:05
Definitely deserves an improved contract, along with Calvert-Lewin, both have been great this season, while others on massive contracts have been so poor.
Jer Kiernan
39 Posted 04/02/2020 at 17:30:23
Has a real swagger about him very aggressive, competitive, not afraid to be heard on the pitch and has a real "gimme that" attitude to defending where he will actively disposes the attacking player where other defenders are happy to be safe and jockey, which is not only useful on the turnover but puts the "attacker" on the back foot for the rest of the game.

Very much one for the future and can only improve under Carlo, get him signed up before he gets tapped up.

Saegaran Kana
40 Posted 05/02/2020 at 04:12:32
Mason has been excellent and it's rubbing off onto Mina. Sell Keane and promote Lewis and Fenney and you'll have a trio of young Blue centre-backs for years to come.
John Zapa
41 Posted 05/02/2020 at 07:06:47
He is one of the lowest-paid players in the first-team squad, along with Davies and Calvert-Lewin, on around £20/25k per week. I would imagine the club will offer them new contracts at least in line with the £55k Kean is getting, if not more. This is going to take a big bite out of the summer recruitment wage budget.
Steve Shave
42 Posted 05/02/2020 at 07:33:14
Oh come on, John, in relative terms 2 x £50k contracts is not going to break the bank! Covered by another Tosun loan if necessary. These boys deserve it and are a credit to the badge. My two favourite players this season.
John Zapa
43 Posted 05/02/2020 at 09:20:15
Steve, I agree they deserve it, but its 3 players all raised by a total of around 100k per week, possibly more. Niasse and Cuco leaving at the end of the season would cover most of this amount. However it means that the payroll remains the same with an even smaller squad. Keeping in mind that the payroll is already at a ridiculously unsustainable level now.
Paul Davies
44 Posted 05/02/2020 at 13:09:24
Suspect Stones will be given the heave ho in the summer. He's made too many blunders for Pep's liking.

As for Holgate, it's a no-brainier — and give him the armband next season.

Jim Harrison
45 Posted 05/02/2020 at 16:57:13
Bobby 16

Are you on the wind up? Or are you blind to reality?

Secondly, why are you posting about Liverpool on a thread about an Everton players possible new contract?

Jimmy Hogan
46 Posted 05/02/2020 at 17:32:25
Never mind about all that, I want to know if Robert's font is still massive, or if it has now subsided?
David Currie
47 Posted 05/02/2020 at 18:23:59
Make him captain, a class player.
James Stewart
48 Posted 05/02/2020 at 19:08:42
I think he could easily end up in midfield, he has all the attributes, if we brought in another first choice centre half. I would personally move Keane on and bring in 2, and move Holgate into midfield. He is the only real captain we have.
Mark Guglielmo
49 Posted 05/02/2020 at 19:09:41
Paul 25 - I'm sure you're talking about his entire career regardless of level, but in case you're not, Mason has 72 total apps w/ Everton's 1st team (or very close to that number).

John 43 - I tend to agree with you here re: new contracts & our wage sustainability. If Holgate/DCL "only" get around 50k/week each (which I think is a real stretch and we'd be lucky if they're that low), it does eat up the wages we save by Martina/Niasse coming off. We still have Stekelenberg & Baines coming off too, another 90k or so. Palace opting to buy Tosun on a perm would help a lot. For those who didn't know, our wages represent 86% of our total revenue. Above 70% is the danger zone. We need more revenue in the worst way possible (c'mon Europa)!!

Considering both Coleman (60k) and Delph (90k) are both signed through 2022, what are your thoughts around letting Baines retire, and having Delph occasionally spell Digne at LB? He's played there enough to do so, hasn't he?

Frank Kearns
50 Posted 05/02/2020 at 21:26:19
I like the way he reads the game, gets in the right position and, either, deals with the threat, or starts the attack, in my humble opinion, we should offer him an amazing fuck off contract - but no doubt I’ll be shot in flames.
Ian Smitham
51 Posted 05/02/2020 at 21:36:35
For me, he is the most improved player over recent times, not sure if anyone for a long time has developed in the way he has.

More importantly, he has a bit of a streak about him that we have hardly had any experience of over recent years. We have too many nice guys and few leaders.

I say this remembering the way he stood up to and pushed the lesbian at the Derby last year. Right there in the heat of that stadium in a massive match he demonstrated he is not going to get pushed round by anyone. As I watched I thought I wished a few more showed the same spirit. Get him signed and don't eff up.

Michael O'Malley
52 Posted 05/02/2020 at 21:53:56
Holgate is definitely improving at a fast rate and must be considered for a call up to the England squad for the Euros. He is a confident lad who stands up for himself and is about the only player that doesn't seem to freeze at Mordor, he's got that bit of nark that you need in the position he plays, definitely needs tying down with long term contract with improved terms, a bargain at £2 million especially considering the prices getting bandied about for the likes of Ake and Dunk.
Mike Doyle
53 Posted 05/02/2020 at 22:10:06
As others have said – has a confidence about him that is good to see. Have a feeling that he's too good a footballer to be a CB – though at present he's filling a gap there. Looks more like a DM to me (as did John Stones). With Chelsea's transfer ban ending I Wouldn't object to having another go for Zouma in the summer.
Paul Birmingham
54 Posted 05/02/2020 at 22:34:33
It seems that his loan at WBA, and firmly believing in himself and his ability, Mason is maturing into a good footballer, whos reading the game better, passes well and his anticipation of situations on the park, is as good as any player in the EFC squad.

A few goals, and he will be part of the core for Carlos rebuild.

Long may his good form last.

Jerome Shields
55 Posted 06/02/2020 at 08:37:30
Holgate is relatively young and has worked hard at his game, unlike many around him. I am glad he is getting his just rewards for the effort and strength of character he has shown.
Andrew Merrick
56 Posted 06/02/2020 at 11:15:03
Definitely a keeper!! (move over Jordan:) haha.

Daily Post rumours that Carlo is looking at raiding Napoli, with Lozano, Mertens and Callejon mentioned... hmmmm.

Jack Convery
57 Posted 07/02/2020 at 12:36:12
I really thought Mason Holgate was never going to make here at Goodison. However all praise to him for his performances this season since getting into the team. Deserves a new contract. Long may his development continue - it may be that Defensive midfield could be his best position but whilst we lack pace at Centre Half (Keane), it may be he plays as a central defender for the rest of this season. Player of the season so far.
Mark Guglielmo
58 Posted 07/02/2020 at 17:45:03
Is it lazy, or really lazy journalism to simply link Everton with every Napoli player to play under Carlo?

Geez Louise...

(Although I'd take Allan all-day, every day if the price was right!!!)

Drew O'Neall
59 Posted 09/02/2020 at 20:42:38
Wonder if he was dropped at the weekend (while Mr Southgate was in the stands too) because his agent has taken an aggressive stance on negotiations.
Tony Abrahams
60 Posted 09/02/2020 at 21:02:57
And if his agent isn’t going to be aggressive then I’m sure it won’t be long before he’s also dropped Drew!

If Holgate knows how much some of the others are on, then he must be looking for parity, and this is the other side of the rotten fence, that Marcel Brands must be facing, but I’m sure it’s something all clubs must be facing, when you consider how quiet the latest transfer window really was?

Schniederlin supposedly earns over £100.000 every week, Niasse £50.000, even Martina is supposed to earn £30.000, and I bet you it’s the same at every club, and Holgate must be looking for at least £50.000 a week for himself! WHO’D BE A FOOTBALLER!!?

Steve Ferns
61 Posted 10/02/2020 at 14:34:15
Dunno where to put this, but over the weekend I saw Everton linked to Rafael Camacho of Sporting. As some will recall, Sporting is the side I follow after Everton, having spent a lot of time in Portugal.

This has to be the worst rumour I have ever heard. Rafa is an ex-kopite, but flopped badly there and at the age of 19, he was sent packing back to Sporting in the summer. He was a very highly touted kid, leaving Sporting's youth academy at around 13 for Man City, then moving the RS and then last summer was sold back to Sporting for £4.5m.

So, in essence this is in reality his first season of professional football. He's still just 19 (20 in May). He started the season on the bench and did not start his first league game until 17th January 2020. That's right, his professional start was not even a full month ago. At the time of writing, he's still only started 4 league games. He's only come off the bench 7 times in the league. He's not scored a goal. Not one. Ok, he's played 4 in the Europa League, and only one start, 3 in the Cup (2 starts). He was back in the u23s only in October.

Don't get me wrong, there is a player there. I just cannot believe that someone can be linked with a big money move to Everton when they've yet to start 5 league games or score a goal. For what it's worth, he's a left forward in the Richarlison mould, cutting in from the left onto his right and looking to shoot. Never goes outside on the left and crosses due to not having a left peg. Sporting have changed tactics now Bruno has left, and it's Camacho who has stepped into the breach, although it's Vietto who is now elevated to the player to carry the side. Sporting are terrible this year and are facing a struggle to hold onto 3rd, although it's Braga coming after them now our old assistant's side are continuing to fall away.

Brian Wilkinson
62 Posted 12/02/2020 at 12:45:38
Firmino had a big impact on halting Holgate's progress sooner.

After the fracas, Holgate was taken out of the limelight and knocked the stuffing out of him.

He has now come back and has been outstanding this season and deserves a well-earned new contract.

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