David Unsworth excited by Everton duo Connolly and Holgate

The duo were impressive a 2-0 win over Chelsea Under 21's on Monday.

Everton Under 21 boss David Unsworth says the defensive partnership between Callum Connolly and Mason Holgate is beginning to look a good one, in comments to the club’s official website.

The duo was in impressive form on Monday as they enjoyed a 2-0 win over Chelsea to secure back-to-back wins.

It is the second time the pair have been partnered together since Connolly returned from a one month loan spell at Barnsley.

Indeed, it was a particularly good evening for Holgate as he headed home following a clever routine from fellow young stars Keiran Dowell and Harry Charsley.

And Unsworth was clearly excited by the budding central defensive partnership he has on his hands.

“I thought Callum Connolly and Mason Holgate looked like a good partnership, he told evertonfc.com

“They complemented each other very well and it’s an area we’ve been working on in the last week or so since Callum returned from his loan.”

“It’s beginning to look like a really good partnership and I’m delighted for them to get the clean sheet as a reward.”

The duo will now be hoping to continue to impress in the youth ranks to try and catch the eye of first team manager Roberto Martinez.

The Catalan has often given youth the chance in his first team, with John Stones, Brendan Galloway and Tyias Browning defenders who have been handed first team opportunities.

They are examples to the likes of Connolly and Holgate, and they will be hoping to follow their path into the first team squad before too long.

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