Mason Holgate bids for a regular West Brom role
Mason Holgate has staked a claim for a regular spot at Albion following a competent debut in the FA Cup.
Baggies boss Darren Moore was impressed with the Everton loanee’s contribution in the 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic last Saturday.
And Holgate is now expected to keep his place in the line-up for tomorrow’s crucial match with Norwich.
“He gave us a wonderful outlet with his speed and mobility and endeavour for the game,” said Moore. “He broke lines really well on the switch of play.
“He’s a wonderful defender but also going forward, he’s got a wonderful ability to take us up the pitch.
“His calmness out there was really good.
“I’m pleased for Mason and the supporters have hopefully seen why we brought him here. I tried to get him in the summer.
“I’m delighted when we came back in we were able to get him and early.
“We can work with him now as we come into the league campaign. He’s part of a good group of players.”
Moore has recently been playing centre-back Tosin Adarabioyo out of position at right-back, but Holgate has more experience in that position. The England under-21 international has made 48 appearances for Everton, with almost half of them coming at full-back.
Moore has been impressed with Adarabioyo’s versatility this season and the Manchester City loanee remains an option at both centre-back and right-back.
But the Baggies boss has been keen to sign a right-back for a while and moved swiftly in the January transfer window.
Moore was left frustrated in the summer when Yeovil Town’s Tom James failed a medical and Albion had a bid for James Tavernier rejected by Rangers.
Allan Nyom was sent out on a season-long loan to Leganes and his long-term future at The Hawthorns is now in doubt.
Nyom’s current contract runs out at the end of next season.
Moore plugged the gap at the end of August by signing 35-year-old Tyrone Mears on a short-term deal.
Mears’ current contract runs out at the end of January.