Whether it’s as a CB or CM, his emergence could save us a lot of money.
100% on this.
Even if he doesn't save us on money, he's already being strongly linked with moves to other PL clubs for ~£15m. There's not unlimited money so either getting young lads into the first team or selling them on for dough is so important to us now.
On a broader point, less related to what Granty said, it's where we could probably all do with some patience (and in some cases better planning) with the young players we have.
The criticisms of Holgate, Davies, DCL, Kenny etc are all completely valid. There's plenty to iron out or improve before they're good enough for where we aspire to be. But I don't think any of them have ever particularly looked out of place in the PL (or the Bundesliga) either.
With each first team game they've played, Holgate, DCL and Kenny have started looking more and more the part. There's obviously some value in u23 football, but it's being wasted a little on the likes of Gordon and Gibson etc now. Time for them to start getting regular minutes against men now.