By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

4th Jan, 2023 | 8:10am

Mason Holgate could well be set to leave Everton in order to free up wages for Frank Lampard during the transfer window, says Kevin Campbell.

Neil Moxley of the Sunday People reported on 1 January [page 50] that Southampton were eyeing a move for the 26-year-old, who has made just four Premier League appearances this season.

And Sky Sports pundit Campbell believes that the defender will be frustrated at not playing so a move could be something that has to go through.

He exclusively told Goodison News: “Yeah, I think there has to be some movement, some freeing up of wages on that side of things.

“Holgate needs to play and I’m sure there’s a frustration there for him.

“Obviously he had a knee injury. He’s come back and he hasn’t really featured so at the end of the day Frank Lampard’s got to shape his team.

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“And nobody’s safe, because the club haven’t been in a position where they’re comfortable [while] battling relegation.

“Lampard has to shape it and if Holgate’s one of those who goes through the door then that’s what has to happen.”

Whatever the current state of the financial concerns it is clear that the manager needs shed a number of players who are on the periphery of the squad in order to populate it with those he needs going forward.

Part of the issue under Farhad Moshiri’s ownership is that Everton has become bloated with little-used options who are often paid to be regular starters.

Holgate has racked up 145 first team appearances on Merseyside but at his age he can’t sit on the bench week in week out, so with Conor Coady and James Tarkowski the undisputed starters and Yerry Mina or Ben Godfrey turned to when one is unavailable it might make sense for all parties to move on if Southampton make an offer this month.