Everton are keen to reward Mason Holgate for his impressive form under Carlo Ancelotti, according to the Telegraph.
Holgate has become a staple of Ancelotti’s Toffees since the Italian arrived at Goodison Park in December, and club chiefs feel now is the right time to reward the centre-half with a new contract.
Director of Football Marcel Brands will soon commence negotiations with Holgate’s representatives to discuss retaining the former England U21 international’s services beyond his current deal.
The 23-year-old is tied to the club until the summer of 2022 on a £25,000-per-week contract, but Ancelotti feels Holgate has reached a point in his career where he can now be considered a ‘key member’ of the first-team.
Michael Keane and Yerry Mina began the campaign as Marco Silva’s first-choice centre-back pairing, but Holgate has since edged his way into the scene despite ending the summer window knowing the Portuguese coach had been chasing defensive reinforcements.
Holgate’s outing in the heart of Ancelotti’s backline against Watford on Saturday was the former Barnsley man’s – signed for £2million in 2015 – 21st start in all competitions this season, as he maintained his 100 per cent record dating back to a substitute role against West Ham United on October 19.
The Doncaster-born ace is yet to score in the Premier League this term, but has assisted three strikes in the top-flight and found the back of the net against Watford in our Carabao Cup Fourth Round win.
Does Holgate deserve a new contract?
Ancelotti and Brands making moves to sign Holgate to a new contract are certainly steps being taken in the right direction following the January window, which saw Everton part with three players on loan without adding any new faces.
Holgate has also been an ever-improving performer since establishing himself in the first-team under Silva this season, and showed his skills in midfield under caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson when we faced Manchester United.
Keane and Mina both trail Holgate for completed tackles per 90 minutes in the league, too, with the 23-year-old ahead with 1.9 from 2.3 to Mina’s 1.6 from 1.8 and Keane’s 1.3 from 1.7, per WhoScored data.
Holgate also ranks first for passes blocked among the trio with 0.5, accurate long passes (4.8), second for interceptions (1.4), third for clearances (3.9), aerial duels won (2.0 from 3.9) and is level for shots blocked (0.6) and crosses blocked (0.1).