By Dominic Toner
Mason Holgate had a magnificent start to the season and stats show that he was unlucky to be dropped from the Everton team.
The youngster played in the club’s first four matches of the campaign in place of Seamus Coleman, who was absent whilst he returned to full fitness, and made a great early impression.
The 19-year-old was promoted to the first team by Ronald Koeman to play at right-back and was unbeaten in his four games.
Republic of Ireland international Coleman was restored to the side and he scored in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Middlesbrough, which took Everton up to second in the league.
However Squawka stats showed on their Twitter account that Holgate was extremely unlucky to be relegated to the bench after achieving a 100 per cent tackle success this season.
Mason Holgate has won 100% of the 7 tackles he’s attempted this season, as well as making 16 successful clearances. pic.twitter.com/fSaia3WZgm
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 19, 2016
Holgate, who can also play at centre-back, could still challenge senior defenders Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka for a starting position.
The youngster moved to Goodison Park in 2015 from Barnsley and was only given his first taste of senior football at Everton this season.
He was named on the bench against Sunderland and Middlesbrough after losing his starting position, meaning he is still firmly in the plans of Koeman.
The Toffees host Norwich in the EFL Cup third-round on Tuesday night and Holgate may be given the opportunity to impress if Koeman opts to rest some of his senior players.
In other Everton team news, they have opened talks with a striker over a new deal.