Mason Holgate explains why he chose Everton for summer transfer

The young defender says Roberto Martinez convinced him to turn down Bournemouth for Goodison Park.

Mason Holgate has told the Liverpool Echo why he chose Everton over other Premier League clubs in the summer.

The young defender joined the Blues from League One side Barnsley in the summer transfer window for an initial £500,000.

He signed a five-year deal with the Toffees, rejecting offers from other Premier League sides, including newly promoted Bournemouth, to join Roberto Martinez’s ranks.

He has, however, explained that a last ditch call from the Everton manager was what convinced him that the Blues was the right place to go.

“After speaking to the gaffer and seeing Stonesy and Brendan, there wasn’t really a decision to make,” Holgate told the Liverpool Echo.

“I spoke to a few managers and they all sounded good but as soon as I spoke to the gaffer here I just knew I had to come to Everton.”

“I’m only young but it felt like some of the managers didn’t know a lot about me, they were asking what my position was but Roberto rang me and he knew everything.”

Given the recent development of a number of youngsters at Everton, there is every indication that Holgate made the right choice in the summer.

Ross Barkley, Romelu Lukaku and John Stones have been starring for the first team in the last few seasons to become Premier League regulars.

Brendan Galloway, another player signed from League One by Martinez, has also stepped in and impressed this season in the absence of Leighton Baines.

That demonstrates there is a pathway to the first team for the youngsters at Goodison Park, and Holgate will be keen to become the next to make the step up.

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