Paul Robinson suggests that Everton defender Mason Holgate will have to look at a permanent exit if he does not get the regular game time he is looking for.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England goalkeeper admits he has been surprised by the homegrown talent’s lack of action recently and that the versatile enforcer is too old to be looking at another loan move.

The 23-year-old has featured just three times in the Premier League, once in the starting XI, while he has been used regularly during the club’s League Cup campaign.

Having seen Holgate shipped out on loan to Championship side West Brom last season, Robinson insists that any exit from Merseyside should be a permanent one if he wants more first-team action.

Robinson told Football Insider: “I thought he’d have got more game time. He’s been highly rated and the way the manager has chopped and changed at Everton this year I’m surprised he hasn’t had more game time.

“His problem is game time, the manager there, it’s a struggling team and it’s very, very hard for a youngster to break into a manager’s thinking when they’re struggling. It’s such a cut-throat merry-go-round for managers that any bad form puts their place in question.

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“He’s 23 now and he’ll be wanting to play. If he’s not breaking into a struggling team like Everton, he’ll be asking questions and he’ll be wanting to get away. Whether a loan at his age is the right thing or not, I think not. If I was 23 and I wasn’t playing, I wouldn’t want to go out on loan. I wouldn’t see myself as a youngster any more. I’d see myself elsewhere.

“At 23 I don’t think a loan would be beneficial. It would be time for him to settle somewhere and play regularly.” 

Holgate has 54 appearances under his belt for the senior side at Goodison Park and netted his first goal against Watford in the League Cup.

His spell at West Brom saw him turn out 23 times for the Baggies, helping the Midlands side reach the Championship play-offs.

In other Everton news, Danny Mills says he has “no doubt” one Toffee set for the axe after recent developments.