Navigating the sometimes-turbulent waters of the Premier League, where players and finances are often intertwined, is no easy feat. Everton’s Mason Holgate finds himself caught in these currents, with Southampton keen to land the defender but grappling with the financial reality of such a move.
Holgate: A Victim of Circumstances?
Mason Holgate, now 26, was once a familiar fixture on the Everton team sheet. Regular appearances for the Toffees over three seasons had stamped his authority. But, much like shifting sands, his place in the squad diminished last season, registering a mere eight Premier League appearances. The winds of change under Sean Dyche have been unforgiving, seemingly keen to steer Everton in a new direction and potentially without Holgate.
A Host of Admirers
While Everton might be looking for fresh avenues, interest in Holgate hasn’t waned. The defender’s name has resonated with quite a few, including the likes of Leeds United and Sheffield United. However, it’s Southampton that’s been making the most noise. And yet, their song, according to insider Mark McAdam, may not be hitting the right notes financially.
Southampton are trying to sign Mason Holgate on a season long loan from Everton.
There is currently a gap in the percentage of wages #saintsfc are willing to contribute and what Everton want.
Although Everton are open to a loan, their preference is to sell.
— Mark McAdam (@markmcadamtv) August 13, 2023
The Wages Quandary
Money, as they say, makes the football world go around. While the Saints’ eagerness to secure Holgate is evident, the crux lies in matching his Everton wage bill. McAdam’s recent update shines a light on Southampton’s hesitation to bear the full brunt of Holgate’s wages. This has rendered the potential loan move a precarious balancing act. And while the Merseyside club is considering a permanent offload, they wouldn’t shy away from a loan, if terms were agreeable.
Holgate’s Path Forward
It’s undeniable – Mason Holgate possesses the Premier League pedigree. His prowess would undoubtedly make him a prize catch for any Championship outfit. Yet, at 26, he’s teetering on the precipice of his potential. To truly ascend, he must return to playing regularly. A move to Southampton could very well be the remedy, providing him with ample game time and a platform to return to the top echelons of English football.
And with Southampton’s impending sale of Romeo Lavia, Russell Martin might just find the purse strings loosened enough to navigate this deal to completion.