Blackburn Rovers are thought to be a good candidate for the young defender who has only been with the club for a year. Branthwaite joined Everton from Carlisle Inited as a very promising 17-year-old centre-back, expected to progress and develop further with David Unsworth's Under-23s side.
But Carlo Ancelotti was forced to promote Branthwaite to first-team duty toward the end of last season after a series of injuries to key defenders. Branthwaite performed impressively in his four Premier League appearances and started the Carabao Cup win over Salford City earlier in the campaign.
However, Branthwaite was forced off with an ankle injury after just 24 minutes of that cup-tie back in September and his recovery kept him sidelined until November, when he started playing for the U23s again.
With him regaining fitness, and a return to the senior squad considered unlikely, a loan to Blackburn Rovers, who are mid-table in the Championship, is thought to be the best path for the short-term advancement of his football career. However, the current situation with the Covid pandemic and financial constraints affecting all clubs could stymie any loan deal.
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1 Posted 05/01/2021 at 11:04:37
Then, he has absolutely horrible luck in his first outing of the new season, picking up this ankle injury. I'm sure it's that loss which is the catalyst for Everton completing the deal to get Ben Godfrey from Norwich but these things usually have a long lead time, so I don't doubt he was on the radar screen already.
The real pity, to my mind, is that Branthwaite now has, through no fault of his own but the accidental injury, an impossible task to get back into first-team contention and is instead to be farmed out on loan to the Championship.
I understand the reasoning, I just think keeping him in the squad and creating real competition amongst the players is much better than yet another one of these bloody loan deals, which so very rarely pan out in terms of player development.
2 Posted 05/01/2021 at 11:23:42
No passengers nowadays. Hope this isn't the kiss of death for him.
3 Posted 05/01/2021 at 11:29:32
4 Posted 05/01/2021 at 11:31:36
5 Posted 05/01/2021 at 11:40:05
6 Posted 05/01/2021 at 11:51:39
He looks like a lad with a real future but he'll learn nothing under those guys and will become yet another youngster with massive potential who disappeared under their so called tutorage.
7 Posted 05/01/2021 at 12:47:34
As ever with these loans there is an element of risk. A bad game or crucial mistake and suddenly hes out of the team in favour of an experienced centre back returning from injury. A few more losses, Blackburn in a relegation fight, Mowbray sacked, new manager needs experienced defenders and its all gone pear shaped - as weve seen for other loans.
So a risk, but Branthwaite looks to be such a great prospect I think hed thrive with 5 months of Championship football.
8 Posted 05/01/2021 at 13:14:16
He did well when he got his chance last season but it was probably a decision forced on Carlo a bit too early in Jarrad's career. Remember Brendan Galloway? This needs to be managed better than that was.
9 Posted 05/01/2021 at 13:36:18
10 Posted 05/01/2021 at 13:41:07
Branthwaite is not coming in from the under 23s unproven but as a proven quality centre back standing 6' 4" tall who makes defending look relatively easy with 2 good feet when he carries the ball out of the defence.
Loaning him out makes no sense when finding another player of his quality would be difficult, because how many managers give away their best players at this time of year with the virus swirling all around Europe?
11 Posted 05/01/2021 at 13:43:59
Still, four keepers, masses of central defenders and almost a team of midfielders, there must be a plan in there somewhere. I suppose moving young kids around a couple of times a year has some affect but is it beneficial? If he has to be loaned to somebody then why not Carlisle which, I assume, is where his family are.
12 Posted 05/01/2021 at 13:58:37
I think the ideal is that he goes to Blackburn and starts every game doing well there.
Then this summer either Ancelotti thinks he is ready or (more likely) he gets another loan to a top Championship team or a low premiership team that wants its defenders to pass. His passing and dribbling out of defense will become one of his best assets I think.
After that he would still only be 20 and will be more ready to partner one of Holgate/Godfrey who will have hopefully developed into top class CB's.
18-21 is a crucial period for youngsters to learn in and if he can get a loan to a lower team where he will play competitive first team football every week I think that will be better for him in the long run.
13 Posted 05/01/2021 at 14:16:06
14 Posted 05/01/2021 at 15:45:41
Phill's right about the potential downside, but to me the greater risk is that he gets bored and stagnant without a sufficient challenge while four solid CBs play ahead of him at Goodison.
15 Posted 05/01/2021 at 15:55:52
But seriously, has there ever been movement across the park in terms of short term loans?
16 Posted 05/01/2021 at 16:01:10
I agree, he looks a bit special to me as well.
The strength out of him in the first team was unreal for a young man.
Big centre forwards were being knocked over the touchline when running shoulder to shoulder. Calm on the ball. Plenty of aggression.
Got a very big chance this lad.
Just what he needs at this point of his development.
17 Posted 05/01/2021 at 16:32:06
18 Posted 05/01/2021 at 16:52:03
If Branthwaite or any other young player were good enough they would be getting game time. The reality is they are not showing enough to oust the players who are in their position. Gordon was given an opportunity at Sheff U. He didnt look ready to me. A loan move to a club that will chuck him in at the deep end seems sensible to me. It is a chance for the lad to show Ancelotti he was wrong.
19 Posted 05/01/2021 at 16:52:59
Hes a big lad now, he doesn't need his mum
20 Posted 05/01/2021 at 17:33:39
Thomas(#19); So you have insight into his cooking skills and how to amuse himself either in a flat or lodgings? He's just turned 18 and will be moving for the second time in less than a year, or do you suppose he has an entourage that moves with him? We are not dealing with a product.
21 Posted 05/01/2021 at 17:54:29
He knocks up a mean pan of scouse.
Errr unless his mother moved into his lodgings with him in Liverpool and she made it.
22 Posted 05/01/2021 at 19:54:03
This lad potentially has it all, and in few years time could be a regular England international and one of the best central defenders in the Premier League. Absolutely massive potential.
23 Posted 05/01/2021 at 22:50:00
But he has looked awesome playing for us last season but he would need a speedy defensive partner, ie, Godfrey.
Probably the nearest defender I've seen to him is John Terry. For someone so young and relatively inexperienced, he did look like the bee's knees.
I would normally say he's got another 3 or 4 years to learn his trade before Premier League football and there's no need to rush him but I actually think he could step in to cover now.
He's a nailed-on Burnley type player. Sean Dyche and Sam Allardyce would love him.
Yes, he needs real game time to keep learning and developing but I'd keep him to play FA Cup games and rotate with Keane and Mina in the league.
But if he can get more game time on loan and stay injury-free (which for a big teenager is very important) I understand the logic. I look forward to seeing him play.
24 Posted 05/01/2021 at 22:59:34
25 Posted 05/01/2021 at 23:02:05
26 Posted 05/01/2021 at 00:03:14
My own eyes tell me he would get outpaced by half the squad over 10 yards, especially chasing a ball in the penalty box without fouling, which in this day means without contact or the defender's penalised.
Mina is quick once he gets going 20, 30 yards into a sprint but in that distance and time the forwards have gone past him and are usually celebrating before he can put a tackle in.
27 Posted 06/01/2021 at 03:53:52
28 Posted 06/01/2021 at 12:19:18
I see the bog-standard supposed benefits of loan moves are being spouted by rote above. Please take the time also to list those Everton players who have demonstrably benefitted from this system – and then perhaps contrast that with those who haven't? No time limit.
29 Posted 06/01/2021 at 14:49:22
There is no guarantee that a loan spell will improve a player, but it will test their mettle and may develop their game.
The two most obvious examples that spring to my mind where a loan has been beneficial are Seamus Coleman and Leon Osman.
A number of other players have gone out and found their level. Better to do that in the Championship with another team than take a battering in the Premier League.
30 Posted 06/01/2021 at 15:53:29
Works for some doesnt for others.
I am a fan of the loan system in general.
Better to play for Everton under age groups or to gain match experience in a higher standard?
The latter every time for me.
All four clubs had this Premier League superstar on loan as a young man
31 Posted 06/01/2021 at 18:18:11
We don't have an especially good track record with loans / development but there's nothing wrong with the concept. Look at Mount, Abraham, James and Tomori at Chelsea. All now first team regulars after stints in the Championship.
32 Posted 07/01/2021 at 11:27:13
33 Posted 08/01/2021 at 00:15:29
Play him now and again if he's good enough, he's old enough. How many times do you hear about players that are 18 or 19 in other top teams? Plenty.
Let's get a decent core group together, maybe call it a squad?
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