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Jarrad Branthwaite 32

A highly-regarded young centre-half, Branthwaite was signed from Carlisle United in January 2020.  After coming through the youth ranks at the Cumbrian club, he had only been awarded professional terms the previous season and made his senior bow in the Football League in October 2019, starting in a 2–0 League Two loss away to Plymouth Argyle. He played the full match and received a yellow card in the 40th minute but scored his first professional goal for Carlisle in an EFL Trophy tie against Morecambe on 12 November 2019, to became the their youngest-ever goalscorer.

Still only 17, Jarrad joined the Everton's Under-23s set-up after arriving for an undisclosed fee, initially reported as being in the region of £750,000 before add-ons but which was described by Carlisle as "substantial" and signed a 2½-year deal with the Blues despite having also been linked with Liverpool.

“I just can't wait to get started,” he said upon signing. “Everton is a big club and I'm buzzing to be here. My long-term goal, 100 per cent, is to play for the Everton first-team in front of the great crowds at Goodison. That would be my dream.”

Though Branthwaite didn’t have a great deal of senior team experience, he had wonderful defensive qualities as well as great versatility and positional sense. Able to play in the back line as well as in midfield, it was felt that he could eventually pair up with Mason Holgate but it was in the injured Holgate's stead that he would play when he made his full Everton debut in July 2020 towards the end of the coronavirus-disrupted 2020-21 season. 

He had only got to play in a handful of games for the Under-23s before the season was curtailed by the Covid-19 pandemic, with the last four games in Premier League 2 being cancelled but, when the Premier League resumed, Branthwaite was drafted into the senior squad to provide vital centre-back cover while Yerry Mina was out injured, taking advantage of the rule change that allowed nine substitutes to be named to the bench for each of the remaining nine games played out under "Project Restart".

Although his debut as a substitute was marred by a couple of errors at Wolves, Branthwaite slotted into Everton's back line seamlessly, displaying composure beyond his tender years. He made an excellent impression because the club took the unprecedented step of giving him a new contract at the beginning of July 2020, with his new terms set to run an additional year through 2023.  

With Mason Holgate sustaining a medium-term injury in pre-season, Branthwaite had an opportunity for an extended run in the first team in the early part of 2020-21 but he succumbed to an ankle injury of his own on his first appearance of the new season and hobbled out of a League Cup Second Round tie against Salford City.

By the time he had regained his own fitness, Marcel Brands had been forced into the transfer market to snap up Ben Godfrey from Norwich which meant that there were four centre-halves now standing between Branthwaite and a regular berth in the senior side. He took the opportunity, therefore, to secure a loan move to nearby Blackburn Rovers in January 2021 which would hopefully give him valuable game-time in a difficult league to continue his development.

“This was a no-brainer, this is the club I wanted to come to. It’s the right decision from me and Everton feel it’s the right decision as well, so it’s perfect for all parties.

“Once you get a taste of first team football it’s something that’s addictive, something you want more of. Hopefully, by me coming here, I can get more minutes and develop further as a player.”

But in truth, it wasn't a very successful loan for Branthwaite. After nine games at Rovers, he was benched for poor form and sat out the next nine. He was restored to the lineup last week against Derby and reportedly had a decent game, but then was struck down in training.

The Blackburn Rovers manager, Tony Mowbray, said “Jarrad rolled his ankle pretty badly in training and I don’t think we’ll be seeing him again this season. I think he’s got ligament damage in his ankle, that’s what it looks like without getting a full report."

The 18-year-old defender made a total of 10 appearances during his loan spell before that dip in form coincided with a difficult run of results. The player returned to Finch Farm and a programme of treatment and therapy to get him fit for the following season, but he was not fit enough to play in any of the pree-season games under new manager Rafa Benitez. He did sit out the first two Premier League games on the bench, then got to play in the League Cup 2nd Round win at Huddersfield.



Squad number 32
Position Centre-back
Nationality England
Born Carlisle
Date of birth 22 June 2002
Height 6'-2" (1.85 m)
Joined 13 January 2020
Joined from Carlisle Utd
Signed under Carlo Ancelotti
Transfer fee Undisclosed  [~£750k]
Contract duration 2½ +3 years
Contract expires June 2023
Debut as sub v Wolves (a)
12 July 2020
Full debut v Sheff Utd (a)
20 July 2020
Previous Clubs Carlisle Utd
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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2021-22 32 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 1 (0) 0
2020-21 32  0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 1 (0) 0
2019-20 32 2 (2) 0 0 (0) 0 2 (2) 0
  Totals 2 (2) 0 2 (0) 0 4 (2) 0

Loan Spells

Season Team League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals
2020-21 Blackburn Rovers 10 (0) 0 0 (0) 0

Academy U23s Career

Season Team League Apps League Goals Cup Apps Cup Goals
2020-21 Under-23s 3 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
2019-20 Under-23s 2 (0) 1 3 (1) 0

Previous Career

Season Team League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals
2016-19 Carlisle Utd 9 (0) 0 5 (0) 1


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