COMMENT by Amir Mir
It has been 13 years since Leeds tasted Premier League football and that drought was most likely going to continue had Garry Monk not walked through the doors last summer.
The 37-year-old has brought back a belief that a return to the promised land may be closer than the supporters first imagined.
The most amazing aspect of the current job Monk has done at Elland Road is the manner in which he has nurtured such a young squad.
From the vibrant teenager Ronaldo Vieira to his fellow academy product and naturally gifted Kalvin Phillips. All of these signs suggest that the future is now bright for the Yorkshire giants.
Come the summer, Monk should continue that trend and add young Everton star Mason Holgate to his ranks on loan, as the former Barnsley man would be a perfect fit for Monk’s style and management.
The former Swansea boss has proven that he has the qualities of handling and bringing through young talent and Holgate would be no different.
Not only that, Holgate would bring competition to the right-back position which would allow Monk to continue to build his vibrant squad.
Former League One player Holgate has played 12 games in all competitions for Ronald Koeman’s side this season in the Premier League.
Holgate’s ability to read the game quickly, adapt to various positions across the defence and attack when needed would make him an ideal player for the Yorkshire club.
The 20-year-old has stated three of the Toffees last four league games which perhaps gives an indication as to what the likes of Koeman think of him at the club.
A permanent deal for Holgate would be difficult to pull off, but regardless of what division the Whites are in next season, bringing the youngster on loan will definitely help.
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