Jarrad Branthwaite kicks off his loan spell in the Champions League

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Here's an update on one of the eight Everton loanees with other clubs this season: Jarrad Branthwaite.

For someone who was presented as the second Virgil van Dijk, Jarrad wasn't getting much playing time.

In the Dutch version of the Charity Shield and the first leg of the second round preliminary of the Champions League matches against Monaco, Jarrad didn't get a look in.

Surprising, because it was widely seen that the reason PSV couldn't keep up with Ajax was because they were leaking too many goals. In the return against Monaco yesterday, PSV leaked two more goals (2-2).

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Jarrad made his debut in the 107th minute, it being extra time as the match in Monaco had ended 1-1. Luuk de Jong scored the winner for PSV in the 109th minute. No goals were leaked whilst Jarrad was playing!

The qualifying play-offs are against Rangers. Hopefully with more playing time for our player.

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David Bromwell
1 Posted 10/08/2022 at 17:50:51
To my mind, we should have kept him, and had him playing on a regular basis. I think he is a real talent.

Okay, he is lacking in experience but, since we bought him, he like many others has hardly played any match day football.

Jim Lloyd
2 Posted 10/08/2022 at 18:03:21
I think he's highly rated but needs experience. He's going to get that but not under the pressure that our players were under last season.

Now we've got two good, hard centre-halves, the likes of Keane, Holgate and Mina, will have to show what they can do, or we can sell them (if anyone'll buy them!).

Jay Harris
3 Posted 10/08/2022 at 18:33:19

I agree on his ability but it will do him and his career no harm to get a full season under his belt which he would not have got at Everton.

Experience and ability is key to the centre-back position and Jarrad just needs to add the experience to his game.

Keith Harrison
4 Posted 10/08/2022 at 19:33:38
I understand that Frank only spoke to Jarrad for the first time the week before he went on loan, whereas Benitez was always around and encouraging the youngsters.

Jarrad will certainly benefit, and hopefully come back a more rounded player after his loan. Love to see a three between him, Coady, Tarkowski and Godfrey.

Tony Everan
5 Posted 10/08/2022 at 20:09:35
Thank you, Francis, for the update. This spell is going to be invaluable experience for him.

Hopefully you can keep us informed of his progress every now and again throughout the season.

Peter Mills
6 Posted 10/08/2022 at 22:16:57
Thanks Francis. I like the look of Jarrad, think it’s good that he’s gone on a season’s loan, and living in a different country will test him.

Please keep us updated.

Dupont Koo
7 Posted 11/08/2022 at 02:48:18
Thank you, Francis.

I can accept playing it slow with Jarrad during his first 2 months across the Channel: new country, new team, new language! Plus, this is a title contender playing European Football (if not Champions League, they will head to Europa League given that they are deep into Final Qualifying Round) and I like having Jarrad to earn his place instead of being entitled to walk straight into the team. I'm sure Marcel Brands has already managed his expectations.

Having a +1 rating at his debut is decent to begin with!

With all due respect to Scottish Premier League, Rangers is a better opponent for Jarrad to play against. Monaco, IMHO, has more skills & pace, but having let go Cesc Frabegas this summer, they might have become too young a team (even comparing to PSV).

Kieran Kinsella
8 Posted 11/08/2022 at 03:19:29
Keith 4,

So Frank never spoke to Branthwaite until a week before he went on loan? So he didn’t say “Hey, you’re in the team today” when he played him last season? And didn’t say a word to him when he got sent off at Brentford? Just totally ignored him until June when he said “Hi, I’m Frank, fancy a spell in the Netherlands?”


Thanks for the update. But this is why I was puzzled by this loan. If Branthwaite isn’t good enough for Everton barely surviving relegation, how in the hell is going to be a starter for a Champions League team?

Alan J Thompson
9 Posted 11/08/2022 at 05:24:41
Kieran (#8);

You keep asking questions like that and you'll be banished to Finch Farm!

Francis van Lierop
10 Posted 11/08/2022 at 13:45:54
Another thing I read (in Dutch): while Carlo was in charge, he went to have a look at the Under-23s. He didn't need to look long to see the potential in Jarrad, and immediately moved him over to the first-team squad.

The game at Stamford Bridge must have convinced most of us. For all the stick he took on here, it was Marcel Brands's scouting team who unearthed the then 17-year-old at Carlisle.

It disappointed me somewhat that Jarrad didn't get playing time from the get-go but, as Dupont (@7) correctly stated, his adjusting to a new country etc would have taken some time.

Ruud van Nistelrooy, the current PSV coach, was the coach of the youth team last year. He would have wanted to have a good look in training, before committing.

I think Jarrad is in good hands, because one of the first things Van Nistelroy did as coach was to move some promising players to the first-team squad.

Seeing the celebrations of the winning goal, Jarrad looked one of the team, not some Englishman parachuted in. For me, another positive.

As for keeping you all updated, the pleasure's all mine.

Jeff Armstrong
11 Posted 11/08/2022 at 14:39:42
Good point well made, Kieran.
Keith Harrison
12 Posted 11/08/2022 at 18:11:06

He apologised for not really speaking to him sooner. Horse's mouth. Disbelieve it if you want mate, I'm not fussed, and I admit I find it strange after he had played for Frank Lampard, but I don't doubt my source at all. The message seemed to be that Benitez was more a people person than Frank has been.

Considering the pressure he was under when he joined the club, Frank is probably only now getting to grips with the club top to bottom – I hope so because I think he will do the biz for us, given time.

Francis van Lierop
13 Posted 14/08/2022 at 10:28:46
Jarrad didn't get a look in yesterday in PSV's 2-5 win at Go Ahead Eagles, Deventer.

Despite Go Ahead getting a man sent off after 30 minutes, PSV leaked another two goals.

Surely this hasn't escaped Ruud van Nistelrooy?

Coming Tuesday they travel to Ibrox Park for the first play-off match against Rangers.

Staying up later, I did get a pleasant surprise watching the Dutch highlights.

I had no idea João Virginia was loaned out here too.

He's playing for SC Cambuur, Leeuwarden.

Yesterday they played FC Utrecht away.

Utrecht are for years now, trying to claim the fourth spot behind the big three, but finding AZ and FC Twente in their way.

They hustled and bustled, but could not find a way past Virginia. Final score 0-0.

Our keeper was easily the best man on the pitch.

I've never really understood why he's never been given a real chance, as I've never found him that bad.

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
14 Posted 16/08/2022 at 23:08:59
Looks like as soon as PSV made it 2-2, Van Nistelroy shut up shop by bringing on Jarrad.

Dave Abrahams
15 Posted 17/08/2022 at 09:30:44
Francis (13),

I agree Virginia is a good goalkeeper but never got a sniff of a chance by Everton. Although he was kept out by Pickford, he is still our player but I doubt he will play for us again.

David Bromwell
16 Posted 21/08/2022 at 08:19:10
Years ago the Club used to post regular updates on loaned-out players which I used to enjoy following. When they ceased doing so, I did write to them asking that they reinstate the updates, but I cannot remember ever getting a reply.

From what I have seen, both these players have real potential, and I love the fact that Jarrad is naturally left-footed which none of the current six first-team centre-backs are.

Francis van Lierop
17 Posted 22/08/2022 at 09:53:18
Virginia had a lesser game yesterday. His howler allowed Fortuna Sittard to take the lead. This did not deter his team, as they ended 1-4 winners.

I remembered where I saw Virginia play last season.
Sporting Lisbon, who took a thrashing from Ajax in the Champions League at home, but Virginia was not to blame.

So he has taken a step down this season, not really a good sign.

PSV did not play.

Keith Harrison
18 Posted 29/08/2022 at 23:42:22
David, sorry for coming back late to this thread. Jarrad is right-footed, but he can comfortably play off both feet, which is a rare thing indeed in today's footballer.

Whenever Calvert-Lewin gets fit again, watch him turn round in a complete circle with the ball on his right foot, instead of a simple layoff with his left. I find that incredibly poor.

Francis van Lierop
19 Posted 30/08/2022 at 15:10:16
Jarrad got some playing time on Sunday. PSV were playing Excelsior Rotterdam, he came on in the 61st minute. PSV were rampant, it was 0-4 when he came on.

Excelsior scored a goal, a header, and the marker was Jarrad.
It didn't look that good. PSV eventually won the match 1-6.

João Virgínia's SC Cambuur Leeuwarden looked like keeping the nil, with high flying AZ visiting, but they managed to score the winner in the 90th minute, with a well-placed shot.

To be honest, I didn't think Virginia looked that great either.

Francis van Lierop
20 Posted 14/09/2022 at 14:10:51
Jarrad got more playing minutes last Sunday coming on in the 58th minute in the 1-0 win against Marcel Brands hometown club RKC Waalwijk.
Francis van Lierop
21 Posted 18/09/2022 at 18:59:14
Jarrad started for I think what was the first time in the top match against Feyenoord, at home.

The PSV left-back and left centre-back were responsible for two Feyenoord goals.

Jarrad scored the first equalizer. It was a corner, he ran from beyond the penalty spot towards beyond the first post.
With the deft touch of a seasoned technician, the ball glided beyond the first post from the outside of his boot.

It was 3-3 at one stage, the other goal conceded was a shot from outside the penalty area, Jarrad ran out to try and stop it, glancing it beyond the keeper.

PSV managed to win the exciting match 4-3 (I could only watch the 1st half live, as there was another match to start at Goodison).

I think he played well, looking imperious at times, scoring a good goal, I expect to see more of him now.

Mike Gaynes
22 Posted 18/09/2022 at 19:06:02
Thanks for the update, Francis!
Francis van Lierop
23 Posted 03/10/2022 at 13:47:59
It was Everton vs Everton in Leeuwarden on Saturday evening.
Or to be more precise, SC Cambuur vs PSV.

PSV had a mare, they were not at the races.

Cambuur's first goal fell whilst Jarrad lay injured on the ground. He was one of the few PSV players to have played up to their standards. PSV did not defend as a team, something which we are doing much better this season.

Final result was 3-0.

João Virgínia had a good game too, making one very good save. I finally found a site that gives players ratings (for what it's worth).

Jarrad got 6.78 and João a 7.11.

Barry McNally
24 Posted 03/10/2022 at 15:00:46
Thanks Francis, not a bad rating for a defender on the wrong side of a 3-0 result!
Francis van Lierop
25 Posted 03/10/2022 at 15:19:47
I stand corrected.

Looking at the site I just found, I looked at João's rating once more. It was 7.9!

Which makes more sense, his teammates were more than pleased when he stopped an almost certain goal.

Francis van Lierop
26 Posted 03/10/2022 at 16:01:17
Another correction I'm afraid. Jarrad got a 6.3.

I think the first two figures I entered were averages. The site is new to me, but I'll figure it out.

I did hear that we're supposedly interested in Cody Gakpo, who'll probably leave PSV in the January window.

Francis van Lierop
27 Posted 17/10/2022 at 13:24:10
I've no idea what goes on in the mind of Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Despite playing well in the matches where Jarrad has been used, he hasn't had a look-in in the last three matches.

Perhaps he's thinking of solidifying PSV's defence with their own players, because he knows Everton have no intention of selling the player.

Despite their blip of losing at Cambuur, PSV have returned to form thrashing FC Zurich (5-0) and FC Utrecht (6-1) in their last two matches.

What this means regarding Jarrad's playing time is anyone's guess.

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