Browning secures China move

Wednesday, 20 February, 2019 19comments  |  Jump to last
Tyias Browning has joined Guangzhou Evergande from Everton for an undisclosed fee.

The defender broke into the Blues' first-team under Roberto Martinez and looked as though he could be a regular at that level before he suffered a long-term injury.

He has had loan spells at Wigan, Preston and Sunderland in the four years since but now has a new challenge in the Chinese Super League where he will play under manager Fabio Cannavaro.

Meanwhile, Brazilian-born forward Pedro Neves appears to have left Everton's U18s set-up and joined Reading.


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Liam Reilly
1 Posted 20/02/2019 at 23:25:06
When he came on in the derby, I thought we have a player there; but the injury just knocked him back far more than anticipated.

Shame, hope he does we'll over there.

Andrew Wilkinson
2 Posted 21/02/2019 at 07:13:29
Agree... good luck to the fella. But we do need to move on some of the very fringe players and shed more numbers in our bloated squad.
Phil Sammon
3 Posted 21/02/2019 at 07:17:49
Any idea of the wages he’ll be on? Surely it will be astronomical given that he doesn’t class as a foreigner.
Derek Knox
4 Posted 21/02/2019 at 07:39:40
Seems a bit strange for a 'younger than usual' migrant to the Chinese Super League, normally it's a player toward the end of his impoverished career, seeking a last ditch effort to become a billionaire rather than a mere millionaire.

I had hoped he would have come good for us, but as Liam said, the injury seems to have re-scheduled his career especially with Everton, hope we don't regret it.

Ian Jones
5 Posted 21/02/2019 at 08:01:51
Had high hopes for him at one time. He should learn from Fabio Cannavaro - Good luck to him.

As Phil alludes to,Tyias has Chinese connections, a Grandfather.

Dave Abrahams
6 Posted 21/02/2019 at 09:18:11
Tyias is eligible to play for China so he will be of big interest to the Chinese fans, will we get a big fee or any sort of fee for him, he is out of contract at the end of this season.

It is a few years since he made his debut at Anfield so I doubt if the injury alone has held him back. He did well at Anfield in that derby game but always looked very nervous in other games – particularly in one game at Old Trafford. Good luck to the lad in his future career.

Phil Smith
7 Posted 21/02/2019 at 13:53:40
Aye, it was time to go. I wish him all the best. I thought he could have been given more of a chance but he fell down the order after injuries. I see a return to a good team back here in a few years.
Mike Gaynes
8 Posted 21/02/2019 at 14:21:40
I didn't know he had a Chinese family connection -- that will help him even more with fan support there. As I mentioned on the other thread, he's got a great situation -- Evergande is one of the premier clubs in China, and Guangzhou is a great place for Westerners and also has by far the largest black community in China, so he won't be as much of a jaw-dropping curiosity to the locals as he would be elsewhere.

Dave, it would be great to see him play for China. They sure as hell need the help -- they've dropped to 72 in the FIFA world rankings, behind such luminaries as Burkina Faso and Albania.

All the best to the young man. Hope he has a great career.

Frank Wade
9 Posted 21/02/2019 at 19:50:04
As Dave says, probably a bit more than injury held him back from the 1st team. He seemed very nervous in an interview at one of those awards ceremonies. We all had high hopes after that derby appearance, especially as he was out of position at right back. Big, strong, fast and glowing Martinez reports, big expectations. A pity his career didn't take off with us, hoping it goes well for him out in China, outside the pressure cooker. Possibly similar in mental makeup to Ross Barkley.
Mike Gaynes
10 Posted 21/02/2019 at 22:12:43
Frank #9, he's not big at all... not even 6 feet, which makes him short for a modern CB.

As to his "nervousness", that's pretty speculative. He was simply a less-than-spectacular prospect to start with who blew out a knee and lost more than a year at a key point in his development.

Steve Ferns
11 Posted 21/02/2019 at 22:24:33
Mike that’s a little harsh. I think he was a fantastic prospect who never made it here due to injury and stopping growing.

Unsworth, Martinez and Koeman all rated him but injuries kept denying him opportunities.

He did these Rhino charged that reminded me of his manager. He was a lot more graceful on the ball and actually capable of playing people through on goal. I thought he might do a Rodwell and move into midfield. After Barkley left the age group, he was the standout player for me.

Mike Gaynes
12 Posted 21/02/2019 at 22:36:39
I'll bow to your experience, Steve. You saw him at the youth level, I didn't.

Based on his first-team appearances (only 9), I considered him a decent young player, but back then I was more excited by what I saw from Holgate, Galloway and Pennington, who were all younger, taller and faster and also rated by Rhino and Roberto.

Steve Ferns
13 Posted 21/02/2019 at 22:56:21
He was never as good as Holgate Mike. They were quite similar but Holgate was superior in most ways and was younger.

Pennington is a different player. Galloway was a full back for me. If you put him up as a centre back though, Browning was better.

I don't think you ever saw the best of Browning though, he was a big brute at youth level, who also had skill and technique. In the first team, he had inferior physicality and that seemed to hold him back as he wasn't used to it. I think he might have adapted, but injuries got in the way. It's a shame.

As for being nervous, he was a young kid from Toxteth, why wouldn't he be nervous talking to the mic, who cares if you are confident, all that means is you're good on camera and it doesn't mean you're good on the pitch. See Messi for the ultimate example of a nervous young kid, doing the business on the pitch.

Tom Bowers
14 Posted 21/02/2019 at 22:57:30
Not the first and not the last of the many ''great'' young prospects Everton have had over the years and for one reason or another they just don't make it at Goodison and most other top clubs, Rooney being the exception.

Jeffers, Vaughan, Rodwell, Downing, Galloway, Dowell are the most notable names that come to mind with arguably Holgate, Pennington and one or two others from the current squad who may not be part of the future.

Naturally, you can only progress from your on-field performances and if you have personal demons or injuries which plague you then it becomes very difficult.

I did think that about Barkley at one time but he seems to have gotten back on track at Chelsea.

Clubs and fans these days seem to want ready-made stars and if they cost a bundle all well and good but many of those kind of recruitments just seem to think they just have to show up on match days and not have to break a sweat for the team.

Everton currently have more than their share of those under-achievers which is why they are so poor as a team for the last 3 months.

Mike Gaynes
15 Posted 21/02/2019 at 23:17:23
Agree 100%, Steve.
Steve Carse
16 Posted 22/02/2019 at 00:19:40
Bit off subject but Tom (14), do you really think Barkley has 'gotten back on track' at Chelsea?? The role being asked of him is very undemanding. Most of his passes are no longer than 10 yards. Any enterprise he showed in one or two of his early games at Chelsea has been knocked out of him by Sarri.
Matthew Williams
17 Posted 22/02/2019 at 12:49:30
Pity... I always liked the lad.
Colin Malone
18 Posted 23/02/2019 at 15:45:24
Good luck, son. You could have done a job at right back.
Simon Smith
19 Posted 24/02/2019 at 00:53:51
Spread the word, Tyias, there's plenty more where you came from who are available!

Send a plane and take a job lot.

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