April 19, 2024

Mason Holgate explains what went WRONG for him at Everton .

Mason Holgate has explained why it never worked out for him at Everton.


Speaking to BBC Radio Solent, the defender explained the Toffees’ injury problems ‘worked against him’.


Mason Holgate began his career with Barnsley and was named their 2014-15 Young Player of the Year, which earned him a £2 million move to Everton the following summer.


The former England U21 international previously played at centre-back, but was first pushed out to the right when Seamus Coleman suffered a broken leg during a World Cup qualifier in March 2017.


Holgate was in and out of the starting line-up during his time on Merseyside, with Carlo Ancelotti returning him to his natural central position, though would also deploy him as a defensive midfielder on a few occasions.


Despite racking up 27 appearances in all competitions during the 2021-22 campaign, Holgate managed only nine appearances last season.


Sean Dyche‘s arrival forced the 27-year-old out of the picture, with Holgate admitting that he wasn’t the manager’s type of player. While he held no grudges following his loan exit, the defender suggested things could have gone a lot better if he was able to play in his natural position during his time at Everton.


“Obviously, the manager changed, Frank [Lampard] left and Sean came in, and I didn’t really feel part of his plans,” Holgate said.


“I think he’ll probably say himself, I wasn’t quite his style of player. He was open and honest about it and told me himself, which is all you can ask for.


“Everyone’s got different ways of playing and I understand I’m quite a niche centre-half, so that’s fine. I’m just all about going and getting minutes, I just want to play football.


“Looking back at my time at Everton, it definitely worked against me because I’d get into a rhythm of games and then someone would get injured, so I’d move position.


“Then I might not have my best game because I can play there but it’s not my actual position and you’re judged off that.


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“It’s something that I’ve always been very eager to get away from and nail down just playing as a centre-back,” he explained.


“It’s a catch 22 because it doesn’t help me but if the team requires you to play somewhere, you’re not going to turn around and say you don’t want to do it.


“Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it’s worked in my favour when I’ve not been playing and someone’s got injured, but it’s a double-edged sword.”


Mason Holgate joined Southampton on loan in the summer and made his debut in a 5-0 thrashing by Sunderland, which has left him limited to only three starts in the Championship since.


Was Mason Holgate ever good enough?

Holgate once looked like a very promising defender for Everton, and he could well be right in saying his lack of a run of games effected him.


The defender was expected to do a lot from a young age and in the end it didn’t work out.


But that’s football and the Toffees can’t afford to wait around to help him work things out now.


Everton will certainly wish him luck, while it seems extremely unlikely that he will play for the club again following his season-long loan on the south coast.

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