Everton gem Jarrad Branthwaite is set to leave the club on loan after being omitted from the Toffees squad for their pre-season tour, claims journalist Ryan Taylor.
The Lowdown: Senior minutes
After arriving on a permanent deal from Carlisle, the defender was sent out on loan to Championship side Blackburn Rovers, where he made ten appearances in the English second division.
With just 36 total senior appearances to his name, a number of rumours have emerged linking the youngster with another loan move away as a means of pursuing more regular first-team football.
The Latest: Taylor’s news
Taylor, a journalist for the Daily Express, has shared the latest news on Branthwaite’s imminent future. Taking to Twitter, he revealed interest from former Blue Marcel Brands:
“Jarrad Branthwaite set to leave Everton on loan. Defender did not travel with rest of squad for pre-season tour of USA. Strong interest from various Championship clubs & PSV, where Marcel Brands is now operating as Director of Football.”
The Verdict: Good experience
The young defender performed well each time he pulled on a Blues shirt in the Premier League last season. As per WhoScored, the 20-year-old averaged 3.3 clearances, 0.8 long balls and 0.7 tackles a game across the 2021/22 campaign, demonstrating a variety of abilities when given the chance to do so.
Branthwaite was previously hailed by his former manager at Carlisle, Steven Pressley, who claimed: “I think he has got everything. He can pass the ball almost equally as good with both feet. He’s a terrific footballer.
“And If he continues to develop, then, without doubt, he can be an England player.”
If Branthwaite gets the first-team experience he needs, he could be a great long-term addition to Frank Lampard’s squad.
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