By Dominic Toner
Mason Holgate endured a difficult evening for Everton in their 2-0 defeat to Norwich on Tuesday night – and fans voiced their concern on Twitter about the youngster’s performance.
Ronald Koeman’s side were dumped out of the EFL third-round by Championship side Norwich as they lost their first competitive game of the season.
Former Everton man Steven Naismith opened the scoring in the first-half and Josh Murphy settled the tie with a superb strike from distance.
Holgate, 19, played alongside the experienced Ashley Williams at centre-back and struggled on his return to the starting line up.
The youngster had played the club’s first four matches of the campaign at right-back in place of Seamus Coleman but recently has been restricted to the bench by the return of the senior defender.
Koeman elected to restore Holgate back into the side for the cup match and the versatile defender was played at centre-back.
Everton supporters took to Twitter to claim that Holgate did not perform well at centre-back and was played out of position by Koeman.
Holgate all over the gaff.. Awful.. We've been toothless..
— Grandmaster Tash™ (@danielvane) September 20, 2016
HOLGATE IS NOT A CB.
— JL (@Gueyelord) September 20, 2016
Holgate really struggled today. First time in back two at CB. Surprised Funes Mori not CB tonight.
— Jon Posener (@jonposener) September 20, 2016
Mason Holgate got a lesson today, needs to improve if he wants to play Matty Pennington far better.
— Gally (@RyanGallagher93) September 20, 2016
Defence all at sea for goal. Williams (left cb) forced to cover all the way over on the right because of poor positioning from Holgate. #EFC
— Patrick Boyland (@Paddy_Boyland) September 20, 2016
Mori, Cleverley, Barkley, Deulofeu well below par.
Holgate can put this down to a learning experience.
Valencia? Tried but not helped.
— Watched Toffee (@WatchedToffee) September 20, 2016
So….Gueye looked lost with Barry. Everton were blunt without Lukaku. Holgate looked lost at times. Coleman MoM by a mile for me.
— M_rtin J_hn Gr_ves (@marty_mcfly27) September 20, 2016
Mori, Holgate, Deulofeu, Cleverley, Lennon all poor
— Tony Fitzpatrick (@toefitz) September 20, 2016
Holgate had impressed fans this season and helped keep clean sheets against Yeovil and Stoke.
The youngster moved to Goodison Park in 2015 from Barnsley and was only given his first taste of senior football at Everton this season.
The club’s supporters believe that Holgate must be used as a right-back, in which case he faces a difficult battle to dislodge Coleman from the side.
In other Everton news, Gareth Barry has highlighted three areas where standards slipped under Roberto Martinez.