“Double-edged sword”: Mason Holgate explains what went wrong wih his carieer during his time at Everton…

Southampton is reportedly exploring the possibility of acquiring Mason Holgate as a replacement for an undisclosed position, stirring reactions from pundits who consider him an ideal candidate. Holgate, who commenced his career with Barnsley and earned recognition as their 2014-15 Young Player of the Year, secured a £2 million move to Everton in the subsequent summer. Initially a center-back, he transitioned to the right after Seamus Coleman’s injury in March 2017, experiencing positional versatility throughout his time at Everton.

Although he amassed 27 appearances across all competitions in the 2021-22 season, the 27-year-old faced a downturn with only nine appearances last season. Sean Dyche’s managerial arrival at Everton sidelined Holgate, who acknowledged not aligning with the manager’s preferred style of play. Despite holding no resentment over his loan departure, Holgate expressed the challenges he faced at Everton, emphasizing his desire to play in his natural central position consistently.

Reflecting on his time at Everton, Holgate lamented the disruptions caused by positional changes due to injuries within the team. Acknowledging the double-edged nature of the situation, he highlighted the difficulty in delivering optimal performances when shifted away from his preferred center-back role.

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Having joined Southampton on loan in the summer, Holgate made his debut in a 5-0 loss to Sunderland, limiting his starting opportunities to three in the Championship since then. Pundits question whether Holgate, once viewed as a promising Everton defender, was ever good enough, acknowledging the challenges he faced in establishing a consistent run of games.

Despite his initial promise, Everton seems unlikely to retain Holgate, with the season-long loan indicating a probable departure from the club. The move to Southampton offers Holgate a fresh start and the opportunity to revive his career, while Everton extends its best wishes to the defender as he pursues success on the south coast.

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