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Jarrad Branthwaite 32

A highly-regarded young centre-half, Branthwaite was signed from Carlisle United in January 2020.  After coming through the youth ranks at the Cumbrian club, he had only been awarded professional terms the previous season and made his senior bow in the Football League in October 2019, starting in a 2–0 League Two loss away to Plymouth Argyle. He played the full match and received a yellow card in the 40th minute but scored his first professional goal for Carlisle in an EFL Trophy tie against Morecambe on 12 November 2019, to became the their youngest-ever goalscorer.

Still only 17, Jarrad joined the Everton's Under-23s set-up after arriving for an undisclosed fee, initially reported as being in the region of £750,000 before add-ons but which was described by Carlisle as "substantial" and signed a 2½-year deal with the Blues despite having also been linked with Liverpool.

“I just can't wait to get started,” he said upon signing. “Everton is a big club and I'm buzzing to be here. My long-term goal, 100 per cent, is to play for the Everton first-team in front of the great crowds at Goodison. That would be my dream.”

Though Branthwaite didn’t have a great deal of senior team experience he had wonderful defensive qualities as well as great versatility and positional sense. Able to play in the back line as well as in midfield, it was felt that he could eventually pair up with Mason Holgate but it was in the injured Holgate's stead that he would play when he made his full Everton debut in July 2020 towards the end of the coronavirus-disrupted 2020-21 season. 

He had only got to play in a handful of games for the Under-23s before the season was curtailed by the Covid-19 pandemic, with the last four games in Premier League 2 being cancelled but but when the Premier League resumed, Branthwaite was drafted into the senior squad to provide vital centre-back cover while Yerry Mina was out injured, taking advantage of the rule change that allowed nine substitutes to be named to the bench for each of the remaining nine games played out under "Project Restart".

Although his debut as a substiture was marred by a couple of errors at Wolves, Branthwaite slotted into Everton's back line seamlessly, displaying compsure beyond his tender years. He made an excellent impression because the club took the unprecedented step of giving him a new contract at the beginning of July 2020, with his new terms set to run an additional year through 2023.  

 

FactFile

Squad number 32
Position Centre-back
Nationality England
Born Carlisle
Date of birth 22 June 2002
Height 6'-2" (1.85 m)
Joined 13 January 2020
Joined from Carlisle Utd
Signed under Carlo Ancelotti
Transfer fee Undisclosed  [~£750k]
Contract duration 2½ + 3 years
Contract expires June 2023
Debut as sub v Wolves (a) 12 July 2020
Full debut v Sheff Utd (a) 20 July 2020
Previous Clubs Carlisle Utd
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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2019-20 32 2 (2) 0 0 (0) 0 2 (2) 0
2020-21 32 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 1 (0) 0
  Totals 2 (2) 0 1 (0) 0 3 (2) 0


Academy U23s Career

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
2019-20 Under-23s 2 (0) 3 (1) 1 0


Previous Career

Season Team Appearances (sub) Goals
2016-19 Carlisle Utd 9 (0) & 5 (0) 0 & 1


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