“You only have so many chances” – Concern for Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Mason Holgate at Everton

Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Mason Holgate have done nothing to suggest they have a long-term future at Everton under Rafa Benitez.

It was the verdict of ECHO’s David Prentice that explained why there are major concerns about the pair on the Royal Blue podcast.

Gbamin, who has only played 192 minutes of Premier League football for Everton since his £ 25million transfer from Mainz in August 2019, made his first start to the competition in more than two years in the 2 loss -1 against Wolverhampton Wanderers on November 1, but was replaced by Fabian Delph at half-time.

Defender Holgate was then chosen by Benitez ahead of Gbamin to play out of position as Allan’s replacement as 82 sd a minute-by-minute substitute in last Sunday’s goalless home draw against Tottenham Hotspur.

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The Yorkshireman was sent off but only seven minutes later the Ivorian international finally entered the fray with one minute remaining when Demarai Gray made way.

Prentice said of Gbamin: “We have heard that his performance on the training ground at Finch Farm has been erratic.

“He’s had good days of training, but then he’s had a couple of really bad days of training, so you don’t get any level of consistency.

“Is this the result of his time out?” May be? But when he was given the opportunity to show it in football matches, it didn’t happen.

“This Wolves performance was very, very bad. He totally deserved to be taken away when he did.

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“He clearly hasn’t done anything on the training ground in the meantime in reaction to it to justify being brought in for the last eight minutes of the weekend, which is why the manager decided to go with Mason. Holgate.

“It must be a concern. Rafa has also made it clear that he wants people on the team that he can rely on in terms of fitness.

“He was very frustrated with the number of injuries he had to deal with, he’s already made a change to his fitness and rehabilitation team and I wouldn’t be surprised if there were more changes later. .

“So he wants players he can count on. That’s why he reviewed the fitness records of Demarai Gray, Andros Townsend, and Salomon Rondon before bringing them in, as he knows he gets a certain degree of consistency from them.

“If Gbamin continues to be unhappy with his fitness record, it will be another mark against him as well.

“Adam (Jones) explained why this is a worrying time for Mason Holgate’s future – and it is – it’s also a worrying time for Jean-Philippe Gbamin.”

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Benitez spent less than £ 2million on five new faces over the summer, but following the departure of top earner James Rodriguez, the easing of Financial Fair Play restrictions could lead to a further squad overhaul Everton and Prentice fear that both Gbamin and Holgate’s positions are at risk. .

He said: “He is a new manager who is always discovering his squad and wants to rebuild his squad pretty much from scratch and certainly those two players we mentioned haven’t done anything this season to suggest that they have a long-term future under the leadership of the new director.

“Holgate was actually named skipper earlier this season against Huddersfield Town in the League Cup, so he had opportunities and responsibilities, but he didn’t take it, and so did Gbamin.

“You only have a limited number of chances in the Premier League, it’s a very ruthless environment.

“If you don’t take those chances when presented to you, I’m sorry there isn’t much you can do about it.

“The manager will move on and he will bring in other players that he thinks he can trust and you have to approve of that.”

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