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Jarrad Branthwaite is one of the most promising youngsters at Everton

Jarrad Branthwaite was the first signing of the Carlo Ancelotti era, arriving from Carlisle United for less than £1 million. For those who followed the youngster from his Carlisle days, knew that this was a steal by Everton. Branthwaite is a huge prospect, if provided with right incubation and nurturing, could develop into a top centre back.

The 19 year old is already showing signs of it. Back in 2019-20 season, during the final stretch of games, post the three month hiatus, Branthwaite made his debut as the Toffees tackled the central defence injury crisis with Mason Holgate and Yerry Mina both out.

The 19 year old made four appearances, managing a healthy pass completion rate of 88%, winning seven out of seven attempted tackles and six blocks. Branthwaite was superb, pouncing on a first-team opportunity and heavily impressing the management. (stats via FBref)

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However, the 2020-21 season was a bit doom and gloom as the arrival of Ben Godfrey and Ancelotti’s preference for other central options saw the youngster slip down the pecking order. The 19 year old was sent on loan at Blackburn Rovers during the second half where he endured a difficult spell, a harsh but much needed learning curve in his career.

The gates of Goodison Park opened to Rafa Benitez this summer and upon assessment, he was pleased with Branthwaite. Despite offers from various clubs, Branthwaite was to stay at the club at least till January, as per Liverpool ECHO.

Scottish side Hearts, who signed Beni Baningime earlier in the summer transfer window from Everton on a free transfer, also targeted Branthwaite, launching a season loan offer but as it has turned out, the young Englishman has stayed with the Royal Blues.