By Paul Robinson

19th Dec, 2019 | 2:03pm

Exclusive: Robinson urges Everton to cling to 'Flourishing' player amid surprise PL pursuit

Paul Robinson urged Everton to cling to defender Mason Holgate with Newcastle United in pursuit of his services.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former England goalkeeper admitted the Toffees needed to hold onto Holgate as their new manager may want him.

Football Insider recently revealed that the Magpies had set their sights on Holgate as well as Toffees teammate Lewis Gibson with there being doubts about their futures.

Robinson acknowledged that even though Holgate was flourishing at the Toffees, he was surprised that the Magpies were in pursuit given their centre-back options.

When asked what Everton should do regarding Holgate with Newcastle keen, Robinson told Football Insider: “Listen, some players mature later.

“He has served his apprenticeship, he’s been out on loan to other clubs, didn’t get a look in at Everton earlier this season and he’s flourishing.

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“The new manager is coming in, so I don’t think any decision will be made at the Toffees until it can be gauged what a new manager wants.

“The manager might come in and say I don’t want this player, I want this player and it changes everything.

“So you’re better off holding onto a player he may potentially want.

“Newcastle have numerous centre-halves, and they’re very good centre-halves, so I am surprised they want him and while you can’t believe everything you read, if a player becomes available…you don’t know what Steve Bruce is thinking regarding the movement of other players in his squad.”

Holgate has played 14 times across all competitions this season and has even managed to score a goal as well as register two assists in the process.

The 23-year-old has been at Goodison Park since joining from Championship outfit Barnsley in 2015 and is under contract until 2022.

In other Everton news, it can be REVEALED that two of the club’s stars are wanted by Premier League rivals next month.