Koeman claims he’s recently spoken with one Everton player about changing his position

Everton defender Mason Holgate started at centre-back against Bournemouth in Ronald Koeman’s side’s most recent match.

Ronald Koeman has told the Liverpool Echo that he has had a conversation with Mason Holgate about changing the defender’s position at Everton.

Holgate has generally been used down the right-hand side this term, but is naturally a centre-back.

The 20-year-old’s only experience of playing in the heart of Everton’s defence this season came in his side’s last match against Bournemouth.

And Koeman has suggested that switching Holgate to centre-back could be a permanent switch.

“Both positions, we had a nice conversation one week ago,” Koeman revealed.

“We spoke about his position and the possibility of centre-back. I knew he could be involved but I had other options. Now with some injuries he gets opportunities and all the young players.

“The centre-back position is a really experienced position but Mason I believe and know he can deal with the importance of that position. it is good for the manager that he can play more than one position.”

Holgate helped Everton to a 2-1 win over Bournemouth in their most recent outing, and he has generally impressed when given a chance.

The youngster looks to have a very bright future at Goodison Park, and his versatility has crucially helped him gain some important first-team experience.

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