Mason Holgate looks set for a spell on the sidelines after injuring his knee in the second half of today’s 1-1 draw with Brentford.
The defender was sent off 22 minutes from time after being caught clearing the ball by Yoane Wissa and will undergo analysis at Finch Farm to assess the extent of the damage.
Frank Lampard says the early prognosis is that Holgate could be out for a few weeks which will deprive him of another centre-half after Ben Godfrey broke his leg on opening day and will almost certainly end any speculation linking Michael Keane with a move. from Goodison Park this week.
Keane has been the subject of unsubstantiated talk linking him with a loan move to Nottingham Forest but will now be needed at Everton who have just three fit and available first-team centre-backs with Jarrad Branthwaite on loan at PSV Eindhoven.
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“He cut his knee open and was in pain so we’ll be scanning him over the next few days,” Lampard said of Holgate after the game at Gtech Community Stadium.
“The feeling is that it will be weeks, at the most, we hope, but it could take him out of the next two games.
“I don’t want to jump on that too much, but I hope it’s not a very serious injury.”
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1 Published on 08/27/2022 at 19:32:19
Bad news for Holgate, he has done well so far. Looking for a silver lining, we may not have enough defenders to play five for a while and be forced back to four. Try it Lamps, we are terrible with a back 5.
2 Published on 08/27/2022 at 19:36:00
Lol I was just thinking the same thing.
3 Published on 08/27/2022 at 20:01:54
What pisses me off here is that Forest – who have bought more than a squad full of players – come and ask us to LEND Keane to them as if they are some dodgy Turkish club who have already ripped us off on Alli and Ggamin. In two words… fuck you!
4 Published on 08/27/2022 at 20:10:04
Watching another inspired simms as moving letting branthwaite go now keane to be given another try.
5 Published on 08/27/2022 at 20:20:28
Holgate is slowly improving. As with Iwobi, it could just come from a series of matches in a position that suits him.
Frustrating to lose it.
3 central defenders are already missing.
I wonder if Mykolenko will be moved inside as third CB (left) and Vinagre will be brought in as LWB.
It might even offer a better balance in general.
Of course, we could upgrade to a back 4, which is probably better for everyone, but seems unlikely.
6 Published on 08/27/2022 at 21:02:59
4 games and it’s already a traditional Everton season.
seven Published on 08/27/2022 at 21:07:14
If it’s true that Gana and Garner are about to arrive, surely there must be a plan to play 433? !
That being said, I’m not sure Tarkowski or Coady are so well suited to play in a CB pair.
8 Published on 08/27/2022 at 21:25:57
I think a back four would suit Myko better.
9 Published on 08/27/2022 at 21:45:49
Kieran, definitely. Although that would suit Patterson less well, I suppose.
ten Published on 08/27/2022 at 21:51:31
Jim (No 6), who the hell realistically expected otherwise given the depths of incompetence and debauchery these non-football entities still allegedly in charge have exhibited over the past six years and decades previous?
11 Published on 08/27/2022 at 22:13:53
I think what Robert is suggesting would bring a better balance to our back three, but hopefully Sam is right and we start playing 433, or maybe a 451.
I didn’t watch any game today, but the most disappointing thing about the Forest game is that I still thought we were defending at least ten yards too deep, and giving too much space to the midfield, while only waiting for two players, to try to cover such a large area of space.
Three centre-backs already injured after just four games sounds very hard to fathom, really unbelievable, but it’s a position players haven’t settled into for years.
12 Published on 08/27/2022 at 22:37:00
Just as it looked like we would be taking Keane off the books this year, let’s assume he now has to stay and we’ll have one or more of the injured CBs back in about a month.
Myko at LCB with Vinegar playing winger seems like a logical solution in the meantime, don’t think we can look at a back 4 with Tarks and Coady in the middle.
Raises the general question. If Thelwell and Lampard were looking to play a back 5, why on earth did we sign Tarkowski? A guy who has been playing in a back 4 in the Premier League for 6 seasons, longer if you count time in the Championship. In fact, I don’t know what experience he had before Everton of playing in a back 5. Did they just think he would adapt straight away, especially playing on the left side?
13 Published on 08/27/2022 at 22:38:24
It was the same problem today defending too deep. Combined with a lack of tactical change in the second half, this only compounded the too deep problem. The “back five” – defends too deep and inviting pressure on the midfield, which has the effect of dragging defenders into such positions.
I don’t even think you would have to watch the game to figure that out. Previous snips and performance would give you an idea
Keane will replace Holgate and we might get a 4 back, since Keane is playing so deep he might as well be in the stands.
14 Published on 08/27/2022 at 22:59:15
Totally agree with Dennis at 12. Of the current five backs, Holgate has looked the most comfortable, and I’ve just watched Liverpool put 9 behind Bournemouth 5. Frank and Co. need to sort this mess out and fast, as it’s a very big part of their creation.
15 Published on 08/27/2022 at 23:00:20
Sam (7) – I doubt the 433 is as likely to be used as the 532 Wolves have used in recent seasons. Playing 3 central midfielders doesn’t automatically mean you have to go back to a back 3, and if we can find a good combination (as Dendoncker, Neves and Moutinho have often succeeded at Wolves) it could allow us to play in a very other.
We haven’t been able to get the back 3 working particularly well yet, but I think if those better central midfield options arrive it will give a better platform to see if our centre-backs and full-backs are properly matched. comfortable with the system.
Coleman is regaining his fitness and is likely ready to compete for a place in the starting XI, and I suspect Lampard will play him as the 3 CB right in place of Holgate.
16 Published on 08/27/2022 at 23:26:30
It may sound funny to say, but it was as lucky a 9-0 as you will ever see. The build-up of around every goal included misplaced passes bouncing off unwitting defenders and landing fortunately for Liverpool. I know we got lucky today but they were stuck like anything
17 Published on 08/27/2022 at 23:44:10
Too bad Holdgate recovered from this injury, he took the role of 3rd CB really well.
Don’t you think that one of the reasons we defend deep is that the midfield is usually overwhelmed which causes defenders to fall back? It would be suicidal for the 3 CBS to push when there isn’t much rhythm between the 3.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Coleman came along and played as CB rather than playing Keane or Mykolenko there.
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