Mason Holgate’s return for Everton is vital to Carlo Ancelotti’s side’s hopes of challenging towards the top of the table, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds and Manchester City full-back insisted “complacency is a footballer’s worst enemy” and claimed Holgate, 24, will prevent it creeping in at Goodison Park.

The centre-half made his first appearance of the season for the Toffees in the 3-1 loss against Manchester United on Saturday.

A toe injury suffered in the final game of pre-season against Preston North End kept the English defender out of Everton’s opening 10 fixtures of the 2020/21 campaign.

Holgate emerged as a pivotal player in Carlo Ancelotti’s side last season and committed his long-term future to the club by signing a new five-year contract in March.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the centre-back’s return from injury, Mills said: “It is great for them to have Mason Holgate back.

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“Ancelotti knows that it is all about competition for places at Everton. Once you start to create a dressing room that has that, you have an opportunity to push on for those top spots.

“Complacency is a footballer’s worst enemy. As soon as you get complacent, that is when you start to get problems.” 

Speaking after the 3-1 loss against Manchester United on Saturday, Holgate told Everton TV: “People like me and Seamus Coleman have been here a long time, so it is down to us to show what this club is about and show that fight.

“But we all have our own parts to play, just the odd person talking isn’t going to do it. We need to step up as a team.”

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