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Everton's two current England stars, Jordan Pickford and Jarrad Branthwaite, were recognised for their excellent form for the Toffees this season in the Club's awards for 2023-24.

Pickford was once again named Player of the Season based on votes from supporters while Branthwaite picked up the award for Players' Player of the Season from his team-mates and Young Player of the Season.

Jenson Metcalfe, a frequent sight among the first-team substitites in the latter half of the campaign, won Under-21s Player of the Season while Courtney Brosnan and Heather Payne took the gongs as player and young player for the Women's team.

Goal of the Season was given to Dominic Calvert-Lewin for his header that sealed the 2-0 win over Liverpool in the Merseyside derby last month, Everton's first at Goodison Park for 14 years.

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While the Club has battled three successive battles against relegation, the most recent due to an eight-point sanction by the Premier League, Pickford has been a model of consistency and has been credited with being a key reason why Everton remain a top-flight side.

The 30-year-old has also been short-listed for the Premier League Save of the Season for his impressive reflex stop that denied Tosin Adarabioyo's header for Fulham when the two clubs met at Craven Cottage in January.

Branthwaite, meanwhile, had a breakthrough season back in his native England following a hugely beneficial year on loan in the Netherlands with PSV Eindhoven.

The Dutch side were keen to purchase the young Cumbrian on a permanent basis but Everton held firm, with Sean Dyche said to be insistent on keeping him at Goodison, and once he took a starting role in the Toffees' line-up early this season, he never looked back.

The former Carlisle man made 35 league starts and weighed in with three goals, including one in the derby and a superb finish that would have been the winner at Brighton were it not for a Lewis Dunk equaliser deep into stoppage time.


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Mark Ryan
1 Posted 23/05/2024 at 17:07:31
Tarkowski and Branthwaite for me.

Not sure why Jordan gets the Supporters Player of the Season. Are we saying it is votes cast by supporters, Lyndon? What supporters? Season ticket holders only? Just curious who was compiling the votes

Christy Ring
2 Posted 23/05/2024 at 17:08:51
A superb season for both, totally deserved, and we need the sale of the club sorted quickly, without 777, and make sure both players plus Calvert-Lewin are here next season.

We need to clear out 4/5 and bring in a couple of wingers with pace, a playmaker and another striker, and send back Beto.

Danny O’Neill
3 Posted 23/05/2024 at 18:22:29
Deserved by both.

I thought Tarkowski was in with a shout.

You have to watch some of the saves Jordan makes Mark. For three seasons, he's been pretty spectacular.

Brian Harrison
4 Posted 23/05/2024 at 18:59:19

I see there is quite a bit of speculation that Newcastle are preparing a bid for Calvert-Lewin who has 1 year left on his contract. Like all rumours, nobody knows if it's true or not.

Mark Ryan
5 Posted 23/05/2024 at 19:03:22
I agree, Danny, but my vote would look beyond the expected. I think Jordan is our best and most consistent player bar none.

But, on this past season alone, given the task set out by Dyche, the demands placed on him to play alongside a very young L-plated Branthwaite and given his guts and determination, coupled with his leadership and his captaincy, I'd give it to Tarkowski.

He, like Jordan, plays the game with a smile on his face and he's also a little bit snidey, I love that about Tarks. He edges it for me.

Danny O’Neill
6 Posted 23/05/2024 at 19:14:20
Mark, I like how Tarkowski smiles in the face of the opposition when he confronts them. Great character and very important to the team.

As for Branthwaite, I really hope we can hold on to him.

Anthony Dove
7 Posted 23/05/2024 at 19:27:06
Tarkowski for me as you should add his leadership role to his playing performances.
John Botham
8 Posted 23/05/2024 at 20:11:12
Tell me I read it wrong... and Young, Player of the Season!
Jamie Sweet
9 Posted 23/05/2024 at 23:17:41
I don't think it can be overstated just how good Branthwaite has been this season.

21 years old. 35 games in his first full season in the Premier League, for a club laden with the pressure of docked points and a relegation battle. To be part of the 4th best defence in the league, clean sheet and a goal in the Goodison Derby. Barely put a foot wrong all season.

What a player he's going to be. Get your money on 80+ England Caps.

Dave White
10 Posted 24/05/2024 at 09:54:40
No reference/criticism to previous posts, just my own opinion….

Pickford has been superb again this season. Whilst he still has the occasional rush of blood (and I suspect he always will) he has been fundamental to keeping us in the league for a long time now. His reaction saves are better than any other keeper in the game.

His distribution is usually second to none and he oozes confidence (which is so important for those in front of him). We are incredibly lucky to have him. He has foresaken European football by staying with us so I hope he achieves the glory he deserves with the national team.

For me, he’s a very worthy winner of this award.

Andrew Keatley
11 Posted 24/05/2024 at 14:48:36
Tarkowski played very well in patches this season, but in that run of games where we couldn't find a victory I thought he looked slightly out of sorts. A yard or two off it, like maybe he was carrying a slight injury.

Branthwaite and Pickford were the clear stand-outs for me. Mykolenko and Doucouré were very good for the first half of the season, and Gueye really managed to galvanise us when we needed to find results in the home stretch. I also thought McNeil had a good if not spectacular season, particularly when you take into account the difficulties he must have been experiencing at home.

Billy Shears
12 Posted 25/05/2024 at 18:08:12
Richly deserved for both players who have been superb this season.

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