Everton face an anxious wait to see the extent of the injury that Jarrad Branthwaite sustained in this evening's cup win over Salford City as Carlo Ancelotti admits the club will sign a new centre-back if they can find one.
Branthwaite was included in the starting XI for the second-round tie against the League Two side but had to be withdrawn with an apparent ankle injury after just 24 minutes.
The youngster joins Mason Holgate in the treatment room and leaves Ancelotti with just two fit senior central defenders in Michael Keane and Yerry Mina.
The Italian says that he hopes Holgate, who was ruled out of the first two games of the new season with the toe he injured in the pre-season friendly against Preston, might be able to return earlier than the six-week prognosis he was given over the weekend but there are no guarantees.
“Holgate is out and [with] Jarrad we don't know his injury and how bad it is,” Ancelotti said. “We have to look tomorrow.
“There is a possibility to find a centre-back and I think we have to do so,” the manager admitted, although he wouldn't be drawn on Fikayo Tomori over whom the Blues have recently held talks with Chelsea:
“I am not talking about players that are not here."
“The Holgate update is that he doesn't need the surgery so maybe he can recover earlier than normal but I think we can manage until Mason comes back with three centre-backs, no problem.”
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1 Posted 17/09/2020 at 01:29:49
I'm understanding that Jarrad walked off.
2 Posted 17/09/2020 at 01:44:58
3 Posted 17/09/2020 at 01:45:54
4 Posted 17/09/2020 at 01:52:03
5 Posted 17/09/2020 at 02:16:41
“I think we can manage with three until Mason comes back.”
So the window closes in two weeks during which time we need to buy a centre-back. But we don't really need him until Mason comes back. So we need him after Mason is back?
6 Posted 17/09/2020 at 03:22:49
7 Posted 17/09/2020 at 04:14:31
If it is ankle ligaments he could be out for around 6 weeks, maybe sooner if its only mild.
8 Posted 17/09/2020 at 04:46:49
We definitely need a new CD. Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet maybe?
9 Posted 17/09/2020 at 05:39:14
10 Posted 17/09/2020 at 06:35:22
11 Posted 17/09/2020 at 07:13:42
Have to loan someone and quickly.
12 Posted 17/09/2020 at 08:05:19
13 Posted 17/09/2020 at 08:40:55
14 Posted 17/09/2020 at 08:45:08
I don't know what the story is there
15 Posted 17/09/2020 at 09:53:33
He just seems to have dropped off the radar entirely.
16 Posted 17/09/2020 at 10:04:58
17 Posted 17/09/2020 at 10:20:02
I really like the lad and from what I've seen both in reserves (U-23's) and on loan to Fleetwood, he deserves a chance. I think if he is loaned out again he may want to move away permanently, which in my eyes would be a travesty.
I'm not saying for one minute, I am a better judge than Carlo, but Lewis offers a lot more than others who have been given numerous chances and yet seem to be untouchable/undroppable.
18 Posted 17/09/2020 at 10:46:22
Re Holgate and Branthwaite. There was a lot of relief around this time last year when it was revealed that JP Gbamin wouldnt require surgery.
With breaks of bones and ligament damage, decisions on whether to operate are fairly straight forward. Less so with muscular injuries.
A really bad muscle tear can seriously mess up the limb in question unless the rehab is 100% perfect. If its not then the risk of injury is high and usually with a disastrous outcome.
19 Posted 17/09/2020 at 10:54:07
Good luck to Jarrad with his rehab.hope he is back in action in a month or two.
We need a CB in sooner rather than later. Remember the Rojo fiasco last summer when we were convinced we were signing Zouma? This needs to be sorted now, we have Keane and Mina fit and Carlo after last nights omission mustnt think Gibson is ready for the first 11 . Mina could get an injury at any time, its like Russian roulette with him each game and training session. Hes a good player, but one we need back up for.
The Gabriel pursuit has echoes of the Zouma pursuit but I hope we have learned our lesson. Especially as we have had a month to sort it. Theres no point in pursuing Tomori if Chelsea wont play ball again, ( I think they want guaranteed game time and no option to buy ), its wasting valuable time.
Failing to get someone in could harm momentum if there is one more injury. Find a suitable alternative within a week. Theres got to be two or three decent options out there ?
20 Posted 17/09/2020 at 11:59:18
If we dont get Tomori I hope we dont rush out and get a 3rd best, yes Im sure there are CBs available but they need to fit the profile or at least add depth to the position. Last season we went after Zaha and ended up with Iwobi lets not just get anyone in just for the sake of it when we have 3 experienced CB s and 2 promising youngsters.
21 Posted 17/09/2020 at 14:05:22
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23 Posted 17/09/2020 at 14:06:21
Didnt Ivanovic just join WBA?
24 Posted 17/09/2020 at 14:08:02
We've squandered far too much money. It's not my money, so thank God for that, but I am concerned with Everton's financial well-being.
We spent 25 million on Iwobe, 25 million on Cenk, 8 million on Delph, and those three can't / wouldn't even crack our League Cup starting 11. That's 58 million wasted English pounds right there! Insane. Toss in 35 million for what looks like a dodgy "will he make it" scenario with Kean, and we're approaching 100 million out the door.
We have to show some fiscal responsibility.
To put it into perspective and make everyone really sick to their stomachs, Donald Trump would be an Everton fan if he were into the footy. He adores reckless spending!
Stick with Gibson for the very, very short term for me.
25 Posted 17/09/2020 at 14:25:30
With Holgate, Branthwaite and almost certainly Mina at some point unavailable we are short in this area of the field. If everyone was fit we could think we have a glut of CBs. But add a few suspensions the need for a loan cover at least is obvious.
I think if we can get a decent player on loan till January it would be the perfect solution. At that point we could reassess our options.
My worry is that Tomori appears to be the favourite to come in. I've only seen him on 3 or 4 occasions but I am not surprised that he is way down the pecking order at Chelsea. He has pace and some natural talent, but little playing sense yet leading to mistakes. The main benefit of him being on loan will be for him to make his mistakes and take the improvement (if he learns) from that back to Chelsea.
Luckily for me it isn't my decision.
26 Posted 17/09/2020 at 15:13:54
Tomori, being a bit more experienced, or AN Other fills the gap this season.
Branthwaite was clearly lined up to fill in at first team level as he did last season. But all depends on the injury.
27 Posted 17/09/2020 at 15:26:16
From last summer's Rojo/Zouma misadventures right through to this year, I have always opposed spending money on a C-B, and I have no idea if a quality loan is available, but Carlo seems to think one or the other is necessary. Like the rest of you, I'm mystified by the lack of even a mention of Gibson. Can't figure out what's happening there. But if he's not in the picture for some reason, a loan of Tomori -- a loan, not a buy -- might make sense.
Kieran mentions that we do have another experienced CB on board in Pennington, but I doubt he'll be considered for anything except extreme emergencies. Pennington played for Hull this summer during their final spiral down to relegation, and was at right back when they gave up 7 first-half goals to Wigan (3 by Dowell). I thought he was decent for us three years ago. No idea now.
Tough question. Glad Carlo's making the decisions, not me.
28 Posted 17/09/2020 at 15:30:18
It all points to a loan, the rumors are 12weeks for Holgate? That changes things and because hes our best centre back we need to get similar styled player not only to bulk the numbers out but not to rush him back.
So on that prognosis I think its possible we buy and get a loan too, because I have zero evidence Mina wont get another soft tissue injury. We are asking for trouble if we dont get this sorted quickly.
29 Posted 17/09/2020 at 15:48:41
30 Posted 17/09/2020 at 16:03:45
31 Posted 17/09/2020 at 16:14:44
Gerard #30, maybe he could, but he's never played the position in his career.
Also, I'm sure Carlo could put either Seamus or Digne in the middle for a game or two if necessary (I remember Hibbo doing a fine job there in similar circumstances).
32 Posted 17/09/2020 at 16:15:43
CB position is one where experience counts for a lot which may explain why CArlo is not keen to rely on Gibson this season.
It seems we are being linked with young city CB Tosin Adarabioyo who I don't know anything about but IMO falls into the same category as Gibson.
There was also a link to an Italian CB called Dremell I believe but this rumour hasnt gained any coverage.
33 Posted 17/09/2020 at 16:41:30
34 Posted 17/09/2020 at 16:50:52
I agree with Mike #31 that Seamus or Luca would also be options, but neither are good in the air, so a proper CB would be best, if we can get one in 2 weeks! As I said Juan Foyth is surplus at Spurs.
35 Posted 17/09/2020 at 16:54:50
36 Posted 17/09/2020 at 16:55:15
Jamie I thoroughly agree. I dont want us spending fortunes on anybody except a guaranteed improvement on Holgate, Keane and Mina.
Those 3 supplemented by Branthwaite will do us I think so lets see how they get on with a greater defensive shield in front of them. And better players who can keep the ball.
That leaves the problem of the injuries. Unsure if Gibson will be ready. A thought obviously shared by Ancelotti.
We still have Besic somewhere on our books dont we. He has played Centre Back before. Surely next to 63 + centre backs he could do a job for us there as a stop gap?
Tomori is not for me at all. Id prefer Ancelotti to identify and attract a top Italian centre back as a long term option. As a short term option I look at Rojo and think that could be a loan deal that would work for us.
37 Posted 17/09/2020 at 16:56:35
We still have ;
They have yet to be spotted at finch farm but much has been written about them on these pages as being the next big things.
38 Posted 17/09/2020 at 17:15:56
- Besic, Pennington and Connolly are not the answer. Nice lads, but not for the premier league
- Adarabioyo is 22 and much more experienced than Gibson. He played with Holgate on loan at WBA then a full season with Blackburn. He's a good player. He's also about 6 ft 6 but quite agile and fast. He's English but qualifies for Nigeria and seems to want a step up to get international recognition / World Cup chance. Clubs in England and Germany are interested. Final year of contract so mayne about £7m.
- Bremer, the Brazilian at Torino, is 23. He doesn't seem to be highly courted and I don't know much about him.
39 Posted 17/09/2020 at 17:18:31
Carlo gave an update on Holgate while talking to the Evening Standard. He said he doesn't need surgery so hopefully he can recover sooner than was feared.
40 Posted 17/09/2020 at 17:39:15
Thanks for that feedback, I didnt know much about him but he sounds preferrable to Tomori.
Robert you got it in one. I was thinking his name was Dremell not Bremer so I couldnt find a link to him.
Im still of the opinion we need an old head at the back, wonder if we could loan Jags back for a few games.
41 Posted 17/09/2020 at 17:58:27
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46 Posted 17/09/2020 at 21:20:11
From the little I have seen, I would choose Tomori out of those three. He looks strong mobile and quick and ready to step in. I see him as a very raw hybrid of his teammates Ruttiger and Zouma. The downside would be for him to be a big success then having to send him back.
I want us to loan him and reluctantly accept a way bigger than normal option to buy. That way at least we have an option to make it permanent and avoid going back to square one at the next window.
47 Posted 17/09/2020 at 21:29:16
We simply cannot play Mina & Keane for a number of games together without dropping deep and affecting our forward players. For me whoever we get will play if they have pace and or ball skills.
I'd still, despite the damage, look to Stones on loan.
48 Posted 17/09/2020 at 22:44:01
That's funny and my thoughts exactly.
49 Posted 17/09/2020 at 23:04:32
I think Mina and Holgate are decent at passing through the lines and though I wouldn't say no to a defender who can pass to I'd say a bit of pace and defending nous are more important. Not sure how well Stones fits those criteria though if he were available on loan he could be a very decent stopgap.
50 Posted 18/09/2020 at 09:09:56
I would imagine Dremmell knows the drill.
51 Posted 18/09/2020 at 10:46:36
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