2019/20 Mason Holgate


Bluebonic

Player Valuation: £25m
Maybe! But not consistent or solid enough to make an impact in a successful Everton team. Truly think will only develop to a Stones level, and no more BUT! I may be wrong.
Well as we aren’t a successful Everton team, and aren’t likely to be for another two or three seasons, I reckon we‘re best just leaving the lad where he is an getting behind him eh?
 

summerisle

The rain, it raineth every day

Holgate on home life during lockdown and defending under Ancelotti
There might be no football but that has not stopped Mason Holgate from working to keep a dangerous opponent at bay.
‘You have to be careful,’ the Everton defender warns. ‘If you get bored, you can’t just go to the kitchen and get yourself a biscuit to pass the time. You’re not doing high-intensity things that can just burn it off, as would normally be the case.’
The challenge to stay fit while there are no games is unusual for Premier League players and Holgate starts this conversation with a detailed explanation of how he is still able to put in some hard yards.

Mason Holgate has returned home amid the coronavirus chaos which is sweeping the globe


Mason Holgate has returned home amid the coronavirus chaos which is sweeping the globe
The defender has emerged as a key part of the Everton set-up and is playing his best football


The defender has emerged as a key part of the Everton set-up and is playing his best football
Everton’s squad report to the sports science team every few days and the club’s nutritionist has sent them diet plans and advice to keep their immune systems healthy.
Holgate has not yet felt compelled to join in with The Body Coach’s live stream on YouTube each morning and he has, at least, been able to use his one permitted daily venture outside to go running.
‘We will be ready to go again as soon as we get the nod, whenever that may be,’ he says chirpily, while explaining that he is spending his days doing cardiovascular sessions in the morning and gym work in the afternoon.

Physical health, however, soon turns into a discussion about mental health. When it was announced that a lockdown of the country was coming, Holgate, 23, headed home from his Manchester base to mum and dad, Julie and Tony, in Doncaster.

Holgate pictured jostling with a former Everton favourite Ross Barkley at Stamford Bridge


‘The main thing is just keeping out of my mum’s way so she doesn’t shout!’ he says, aware that parents’ house rules never change. ‘The biggest concern I have about isolation is her going mad at me! It is like being a teenager again!’
He appreciates his good fortune in having a strong network around him but knows others are not so fortunate. This became clear during his call to 92-year-old Evertonian Alex, who is isolating at home in Crosby.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti and chairman Bill Kenwright have phoned supporters as part of the club’s Blue Family campaign to help vulnerable fans during the pandemic. Holgate happily followed their lead and his call inadvertently became a history lesson.

‘He literally went through the whole timeline of being an Everton fan,’ said Holgate. ‘He went through all the history, all the great achievements. He told me his first game was when Dixie Dean made his comeback from injury. His brother took him as a three-year-old. That’s 89 years!

‘I know when I’m in Manchester I get really, really bored if I am on a day off. To do that over a period of weeks, by yourself, would be really difficult. Luckily, I have a family who I could come to. Others aren’t so fortunate. There are only so many things you can do on your own.’
The persistent pinging of the squad’s WhatsApp group has shown Holgate how much his colleagues are missing being at Finch Farm, their training base.

Persistent messages in the team Whatsapp group shows players are missing being at training


Persistent messages in the team Whatsapp group shows players are missing being at training

The 23-year-old does not shy away from getting involved in the action on the pitch


The 23-year-old does not shy away from getting involved in the action on the pitch
‘The absence of the daily patter is almost as big a miss as the football. But Alex has 12 weeks in front of him of not being able to see anyone,’ says Holgate, who was signed from Barnsley in 2015.

‘Yet he can sit there and talk so happily. He told me what he is doing to keep busy — a few jobs around the bungalow — and how he is staying positive.
‘He’s had such an amazing life and Everton has been such a huge part of it. To hear someone with that experience talk so warmly about the things the club has won was pretty inspirational, really. The best thing to hear was the fact he was in such great spirits.’

There were, of course, some complimentary words in return. Alex, who is still a season-ticket holder, told Holgate he was the most improved player of the season so far and plenty would subscribe to that view, with his progress reflected by the recent award of a new five-year deal.

Ancelotti has described Holgate — along with his close friend Dominic Calvert-Lewin — as ‘the future’ of Everton and there is hope he could be a candidate for England senior honours in the future. For advice he can call Rio Ferdinand, who is part of the agency which looks after Holgate, but he knows the benefits of working with Ancelotti are huge.

The arrival of esteemed manager Carlo Ancelotti has given many Evertonians great hope


The arrival of esteemed manager Carlo Ancelotti has given many Evertonians great hope

The iconic boss has coached some of the game's greatest defenders, such as Paolo Maldini


The iconic boss has coached some of the game's greatest defenders, such as Paolo Maldini

‘As a man, he is unbelievable,’ says Holgate. ‘The stories he has are crazy. There was a point a few weeks ago when he asked in the dressing room, “Did anyone see me play?” As a squad, we are quite young, so it all went quiet! He started laughing and then began to tell us a few things.

‘I look at the players he has worked with in my position. He has worked with some of the best names and got the best out of them, so when he says something — or when he does something — you know he has done it all before. It is coming from experience. If he is saying something, it will be right.’

Nobody knows when this campaign will begin again but when it does, Holgate will have a renewed appetite to make every second count. There will be good times again. He is sure of it.

‘If I look back on what I have done, I’m quite happy,’ he explains. ‘But if I haven’t progressed again in 12 months there would be no point in thinking I have done well now.
‘I can’t stay at this level. I can’t go backwards. I have to go again.’
 

davids

Player Valuation: £60m
Come a fair way from being what appeared to be an average to decent RB at WBA to one of our better defenders and looking more than competent playing in midfield when required. One of the seasons few highlights.
 

Saint Domingo

Player Valuation: £70m

Still my fave holgate moment

just look at the RS fan’s reaction lol
Clearly either suffered racial abuse here, or had good reason to think he had suffered racial abuse. By the end of the media agenda against him though it was almost like he’d done something wrong for reporting racial abuse against him. The powers that be showed their true colours here, kick racism out of football unless it damages their favourite team in which case just sweep it under the carpet and set back a young lad’s career by a year.
 

Baines' left foot

Player Valuation: £70m
He's one of my favourite current players, great bit of snide, not afraid of a bit of a rumble, looking forward to more of that when we get started again
And how we’ve needed a few more snides in the team for so long.

I always liked Jagielka but for me he was too nice and didn’t have the nasty side required to captain a top side. Not that we’re a top side but we want to be one.
 

killenefc

Player Valuation: £70m
Clearly either suffered racial abuse here, or had good reason to think he had suffered racial abuse. By the end of the media agenda against him though it was almost like he’d done something wrong for reporting racial abuse against him. The powers that be showed their true colours here, kick racism out of football unless it damages their favourite team in which case just sweep it under the carpet and set back a young lad’s career by a year.
In all fairness mate nothing racist was said he just got it wrong and the matter was dropped
 

Saint Domingo

Player Valuation: £70m
In all fairness mate nothing racist was said he just got it wrong and the matter was dropped
i thought that it was dropped because they couldn’t get the right camera angle for evidence and so it turned into Holgate’s word vs Firmino’s and eventually Holgate just had to give up.
 

killenefc

Player Valuation: £70m
i thought that it was dropped because they couldn’t get the right camera angle for evidence and so it turned into Holgate’s word vs Firmino’s and eventually Holgate just had to give up.
I saw tons of camera angles on it and tbf what Firminho said in his native tongue very much looked to be what was being reported by Firminho himself and the lip readers who analysed it
 

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