Everton fans would be forgiven for questioning the club's decision to allow Mason Holgate to leave during the January transfer window to join West Brom on loan for the rest of the campaign.
Marco Silva's side have struggled defensively in recent times. The Toffees had conceded six goals in the three games immediately before their emphatic win against Cardiff, and have kept just four clean sheets in their last 17 fixtures in all competitions.
One of the players that has come in for a lot of criticism is Seamus Coleman, and he has recently been left out of the team in favour of Jonjoe Kenny. Kenny has performed well, but the situation has probably left some wondering why Holgate was allowed to leave.
And after a very bright start to his spell with the Baggies, that frustration has probably been amplified. Holgate has been excellent at right-back for Darren Moore's side as they look to keep themselves in the automatic-promotion hunt.
And with Ahmed Hegazi sustaining an injury in their latest clash, perhaps Holgate will get the chance to prove a further point to his parent club.
The 22-year-old has to be one of the options considered for a chance at centre-back while Hegazi is sidelined. And if he can thrive in that role in the same way that he has taken to the right-back spot in West Brom's side, Everton fans may have even more questions.
Holgate did not exactly set the world alight when he played for the Toffees this term. But if he can impress in more than one role before his return in the summer, and perhaps help West Brom get promoted in the process, then he will surely return to Goodison Park in a much better position to the one he was in when he left.
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