Paul Robinson is “shocked” to hear Everton are willing to listen to offers for Mason Holgate this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England goalkeeper heaped praise on the 24-year-old who has “come into his own” since returning to Goodison Park from a loan spell at West Brom.
Holgate has made 29 appearances across all competitions for Carlo Ancelotti’s side this season, with 27 of those starts.
Football Insider understands the Merseyside club will listen to offers for the centre-half as they look to raise cash for elite signings this summer.
A product of Barnsley’s academy, Holgate has four years remaining on his contract with the Toffees having penned a new agreement in March of last year.
When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of the defender’s future, Robinson said:
“I’m shocked to hear Everton would be willing to let him go because he has established himself as a regular in the team this year.
“I think he’s come into his own since he’s returned from his loan spell and he has played at centre-half.
“He has been utilised at right-back a lot in the past but it is clear to me that his best position is in the heart of the defence.
“I would be surprised if Everton let him go cheaply this summer because he is a good, solid Premier League player.
“If he is to leave at the end of this season he will have no shortage of suitors in the Premier League.”
Football Insider revealed on 22nd March that Ancelotti has identified Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly as his top target as he looks to recruit a “world-class” centre-back.
Koulibaly was valued at £89million last year but Everton believe his price tag will be nearer the £60million mark this summer.