If Leeds United fans had been asked before last week to predict which Premier League player the Whites would reportedly make an enquiry for, you can almost guarantee that it would be some time before anyone even considered uttering the words: Mason Holgate.

But it was claimed by The Sun just before Christmas that Leeds had indeed made an enquiry for the centre-back. Everton are open to letting the 26-year-old leave in January. And Jesse Marsch’s men are apparently battling Lyon for him.

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The move did not appear to make much sense from a Leeds perspective already. The Whites could do with strengthening their defence in January. But it is a left-back where a signing is so desperately needed.

A centre-back who can also play at right-back is not the priority.

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Holgate was once considered an incredibly exciting prospect, earning a move from Barnsley to Everton. However, his career has stagnated in the last few years.

And if Leeds needed any further proof that a move for Holgate would, at best, be a massive gamble, surely the Toffees’ Boxing Day fixture has provided it.

Everton were beaten by Wolves at Goodison Park. In many ways, they were unlucky. Neither side was very good. And Wolves needed a 95th minute strike to earn the three points.

But Everton were without one of their best players this season in Conor Coady. He is on loan from Wolves, so could not play in the game.

And yet, Holgate’s wait for his first Premier League appearance since August goes on. He has been an unused substitute for five of their last six games, not making the squad for the other fixture in that run. It was Yerry Mina who came alongside James Tarkowski.

In fairness, Everton’s centre-back options have arguably been one of their only positives this term. So it is understandable that Frank Lampard has not wanted to use Holgate.

But what is not clear is why Leeds would make a move on this season’s evidence. His last game was the 4-1 Carabao Cup loss to Bournemouth. Admittedly, he came off when the score was 2-0.

Holgate has the ability to be a lot better than a peripheral figure for a side just above the relegation zone in the Premier League.

But Leeds need signings who will hit the ground running in January.

Signing someone who has barely played this term and occupies a position which is less of a concern would be baffling.

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