Sam Allardyce has backed Mason Holgate to be a “major force” for Everton at centre-back following the youngster’s brilliant run of form over the last few weeks.
The 21-year-old has started each of the last four Premier League matches in the centre of defence for the Blues and has struck up a strong partnership with Ashley Williams .
Everton have only conceded one goal over that period, with that coming against free-scoring Liverpool at Anfield who were restricted to a limited amount of clear cut chances following that thanks to a strong defensive display.
Despite getting game-time centrally now, Holgate has primarily been used as a full-back throughout the majority of his Blues career so far since joining the club back in August 2015.
And Allardyce sees the 21-year-old’s future clearly as a centre-back , and has backed Holgate to become a “major force” for Everton if he keeps his form up after signing a new long-term contract with the club.
Allardyce said: “He’s just kept three clean sheets out of four, and if that doesn’t tell you that you can play at centre-back then nothing else will tell you that you can make that position your own at such a young age.
“It’s a very responsible position, there’s only one man that can make fewer mistakes than a centre-half and that’s your goalkeeper.
“For such a young man to be concentrated and focused such as he is shows you that he’s hit a level of consistency that he has to maintain and improve on.
“If he does that throughout his career he can be a major force for this football club and it’s really pleasing to hear that him, Jonjoe and Dom have signed new contracts.
“It’s fantastic news for Everton fans and the football club as a whole.”
Another of Everton’s impressive youngsters to sign a new deal is Jonjoe Kenny , who has struck up a great partnership over the last few weeks with Aaron Lennon on the right flank.