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Confirmed: Everton ace drops to reserves after featuring in squad v West Brom

By Harvey Byrne

Young defender Mason Holgate has dropped to the Everton Under-23s after being a part of Saturday’s 18-man senior squad against West Brom.

The 20-year-old has often been used in Ronald Koeman’s first team this season with 11 senior appearances to his name under the Dutchman.

This has seen him move away from David Unsworth’s reserve team with his last appearance at youth level coming back in November in a 1-1 draw with Southampton.

However, after the young starlet was left an unused substitute in the 3-0 victory over the Baggies Everton’s official Twitter account  has confirmed that Holgate would start in Monday evening’s Premier League 2 match against Derby.

Everton are currently excelling at youth level and while the club is receiving plaudits for handing the likes of Holgate, Ademola Lookman and Tom Davies opportunities in the first team the Under-23s are also performing magnificently.

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The young Toffees team are currently three points clear of second placed Manchester United at the top of the Premier League 2 table, boasting the likes of Liam Walsh in their ranks.

With a good history of bringing through players like Wayne Rooney and Ross Barkley fans will now be hoping there will be many more to emerge from this successful team.

In other Everton news, Paul Merson has given his verdict on this Toffees 18-year-old.

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