Djibril Sidibe came away with praise from supporters after Everton held Arsenal to a goalless draw on Saturday afternoon, but Mason Holgate was also singled out for his performance. The 23-year-old has successfully played in defence & midfield this season and was forced to operate in both roles over the weekend.
Holgate started the game at centre-back before being pushed into midfield in the second-half when Fabian Delph went off injured. In defence, he helped keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at bay. In midfield, he did his bit in stopping Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira from creating a chance over the 90 minutes.
Got to admit it, but Holgate has been so much better in the games he's played in than I thought he was in the summer #EFC
— Nick (@TightToffee) December 22, 2019
Dreadful spectacle at GP. #EFC out of gas after their exertions with such a limited amount of players fit over the last 2 weeks. Holgate & Sidibe impressive.
Never thought I’d see an #Arsenal side come to Goodison to defend for a point from minute 1. A sad state of affairs. #COYB
— Mike Peters (@djmikepeters) December 21, 2019
Mina n Holgate av been OUTSTANDING lately. #EFC
— Lfcpassion_ (@LFCpassion_) December 21, 2019
Thought Mina was MOTM and I also thought Pickford, Holgate and Delph were decent as well #EFC
— Paul Brown (@PaulBrownEFC) December 21, 2019
Mina, Sidibe and Holgate did well today. Pretty forgettable aside from those three. #efc
— Mark English (@rulitos14) December 21, 2019
Against Norwich, Holgate made 50 touches, won one aerial duel, made three clearances, completed 81% of his 42 passes, made one tackle, completed seven of his 10 long balls, made one interception and drew one foul.
The 23-year-old has made 15 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring and creating three goals. Holgate started the campaign behind Yerry Mina and Michael Keane in the pecking order but has ended his way into the starting lineup.
Holgate has shone in midfield too, showcasing impressive versatility, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by supporters.