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30th Nov, 2016 | 3:26pm

Koeman in January transfer U-turn due to Everton sensation - report

By Harvey Byrne

Ronald Koeman will bin plans to bring in cover at right-back in January due to the emergence of Mason Holgate, according to a report.

The Liverpool Echo have claimed that the Toffees were looking to bring a full-back to the squad in order to add competition to first-choice right-back Seamus Coleman.

However, 20-year-old sensation Holgate has emerged as worthy backup to the Republic of Ireland international this campaign.

Holgate joined Everton in the summer of 2015 from then League One outfit Barnsley for £2million.

It was under Koeman that the young prospect made his senior debut for the Toffees, starting in the season opening 1-1 draw with Tottenham.

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He has since played in two more Premier League fixtures, as well as two appearances in the EFL Cup.

The Mirror reported earlier in the month that Koeman was seeking a reunion with Cuco Martina, who he was denied signing in the summer due to injuries for Southampton

However, it is now stated that the performances of Holgate across the matches have convinced the Dutch manager that he doesn’t need to add another player for the position in the winter window.

Holgate has four years left on his contract and he could be handed further first team opportunities if Everton’s poor form continues.

Football Insider verdict:

Everton have a history of bringing young players through to the first team and they should continue the tradition with Holgate. Martina is average at best and would just be a short-term signing. Developing Holgate at the club could provide the team with another right-back, who can play for Everton for many years. The young starlet has followed the same path as John Stones from Barnsley to Everton and if Holgate becomes half as successful as the now Manchester City defender the Toffees will have a good player in their ranks. It is now vital that he is handed valuable first-team experience in the senior team.

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