Everton suffered a major setback in their bid to qualify for Europe next season when they lost on Saturday night.
Carlo Ancelotti’s country was shaken by defensive mistakes, especially by one of their younger central defenders.
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Michael Keane returned from injury on Saturday night, but he was fit enough to make the bench.
Unfortunately, Ancelotti will regret not throwing it right in the initial XI.
That’s because Mason Holgate was a complete disaster. The 24-year-old was a regular in the team during this term and showed strong flexibility in the center of the defender, the defender and the defensive midfield.
However, he demonstrated last weekend why Everton might have to find an upgrade.
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He cost his team the kick-off of the game when he took the ball right into his own half and then inexplicably turned back to his own goal. Holgate had several options, but he became a danger and then handed over possession to Olli Watkins.
The defender was weak in his attempt to get him back when the Aston Villa striker rushed into the area and then found the back of the net.
Ancelotti can forget all about the young defender with one simple decision this summer; signing of Merich Demiral.
The Juventus center-back has been linked with a move to Tofi in the last week or so with reports in Italy suggesting Everton are in advanced talks to bring him to Goodison Park.
It is estimated that Ancelotti and Marcel Brands may have to part with about 30 million euros to lure him to Merseyside.
Demiral has long been considered one of the most promising defenders in Europe, so signing him would be a huge improvement.
He is a monster in the air and his physicality is easily usurped by someone like Holgate. After a combat performance against Udinese in 2019, scout Jacek Kulig Called him an “absolute beast.”
Compared to Nemanja Vidic, the 23-year-old has all the qualities needed to become an elite defender.
So far, Demiral has won 2.1 air duels and made 1.7 interceptions per game for Juventus. His aerial stats are even better when he plays for Turkey, winning a powerful 3.6 battles per game.
This is a street in front of Holgate, a player who won 1.6 aerial duels and 1.4 interceptions for the tophi during this period.
Everton’s central defender is promising, but Demiral is a brick wall and can add a new sense of solidity to Ancelotti’s back line.
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