Everton defender Mason Holgate is set to join West Brom on loan for the rest of the season after reportedly passing a medical ahead of the move.
Holgate has found himself down the pecking order at Everton since making an explosive start to his senior career, aiming to follow in the footsteps of fellow Barnsley academy graduate John Stones. However, in the last two seasons he has found his first team appearances limited.
A tall, elegant central defender, Holgate was rumoured to be a protected player during his season in the Everton academy, with first team coaches instructing even the official media outlets not to talk about him, despite his performances often meriting a Man of the Match award.
His break into the first team came under Ronald Koeman, and he has made 37 senior appearances, although he is perhaps more recently known for his spat with Liverpool forward Roberto Firminho.
Everton’s central defence was bolstered this summer by the arrivals of Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma, although Marco Silva has admitted that Holgate needs to play in order to continue developing.
It is expected that he will flourish at West Brom, and will no doubt enjoy teaming up with Gareth Barry once again.