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Sheffield United linked with Mason Holgate loan

Young centre-half could find game time at Goodison Park limited again this season

FC Everton v FC Sevilla - Opel Cup 2019
Holgate has struggled at times in pre-season with Everton
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Newly-promoted to the Premier League, Sheffield United are now reportedly keen on loaning Everton central defender Mason Holgate. According to Football Insider, the Blades have made an approach to the Toffees to secure the signing of Holgate, 22, for the upcoming 2019-20 season.

United boss Chris Wilder usually adopts a system comprising three central defenders and is looking to strengthen in that department, having already brought former Blue Phil Jagielka back to Bramall Lane after his 12-year spell at Goodison Park ended in June.

It would be a second loan of 2019 for Holgate, who spent the second half of last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion, who he helped reach the Championship play-off semi-finals while featuring as their hybrid wingback.

Holgate featured in all of Everton’s first five league games last campaign, starting the final four of them, but made no further appearances after the 3-1 home defeat to West Ham United on September 16.

He has been a pre-season regular for Marco Silva’s side, but has struggled at times despite playing in his favoured centrehalf position. Last weekend in Germany was a forgettable experience for him as he was culpable for a couple of goals in two shaky appearances.

And with another central defender still on the shopping list, namely Kurt Zouma, Holgate could once again find himself a peripheral figure should he stay on Merseyside this term, whereas he’s likely to see more playing time at the Blades.

The 22-year-old still has another three years on his current deal, and has featured 48 times for the Blues senior side with one assist.