Danny Mills suggests that Everton boss Marco Silva has seen something in Mason Holgate which makes him a better fit at centre-back than Michael Keane.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England full-back says that the 23-year-old has done nothing wrong during his time among the starting XI, having started the last two league games as well as a League Cup clash.
The versatile defender has played seven times across all competitions this season, netting his first ever Toffees goal in the 2-0 League Cup win over Watford.
Having seen Holgate play ahead of England international Michael Keane in recent weeks, Mills says that manager Silva must have picked up on something either in training or on the pitch which is keeping him in the side.
Mills told Football Insider: “I don’t think Holgate’s done anything wrong and Keane hasn’t done anything massively wrong either, there’s not an awful lot between them.
“Maybe he’s (Silva) just thinking there’s an opportunity, young lad doing well in training, they haven’t been keeping clean sheets so just switch it up a little bit. Maybe he has a slightly better relationship with Yerry Mina or with the goalkeeper, whatever it might be.
“There’s obviously something that Marco Silva’s seen to make the switch.”
Holgate, who was shipped out on loan to West Brom during the second half of last season, has played a total of 55 times for Everton since joining from Barnsley, 42 of those appearances coming in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, England international Keane has played 12 times across all competitions this season, with 85 games under his belt for the Toffees since moving from Burnley.