The 19-year-old defender was blooded by Roberto Martinez in the final two games of last season after Leighton Baines's season was ended prematurely by the need for surgery on his ankle and delivered accomplished performances against West Ham and Tottenham.
This season, with Baines suffering a serious relapse of his ankle problems, Luke Garbutt farmed out on loan to Fulham for the season and Bryan Oviedo battling more niggling injuries of his own, Galloway has stepped into the void again with impressive composure, culminating in a magnificent display against Chelsea on Saturday.
The ex-MK Dons centre half was deployed at left back after returning from a knee injury himself and weighed in with assist for the first goal in the 3-1 win while helping the Blues' back line keep the likes of Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Radamel Falcao quiet at the other end.
Galloway's precocious and composed displays are already prompting comparisons with team mate John Stones and the Echo suggest that he is already attracting attention so Everton will look to tie him to a more lucrative deal than the four-year contract he penned when he arrived last year.
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1 Posted 14/09/2015 at 17:58:45
Baines and Oviedo are my two favorite Blues, but I'm picturing them in the training center doing their rehabilitation exercises and Roberto drops by to say, "Ease up, boys, don't strain anything, there's no hurry."
And as for Garbutt, I'm already having trouble remembering what he looked like. Sort of like my ex-wife.
2 Posted 14/09/2015 at 18:06:17
3 Posted 14/09/2015 at 18:14:47
Looking forward next to being able to sing the praises of Funes Mori based on a few games for us. With Stones imperious, Jags back to being a tower of strength (the bite in his challenges this season have been wonderful), and that old-timer Coleman (not to mention Baines - who could currently replace him?! er...), we have a defensive group the envy of most in the PL. Forgot Tim - ah, well.
5 Posted 14/09/2015 at 18:27:48
And if Funes Mori comes good, and Stones will stay with us, and if Tyias Browning supposedly develops too, then we are in good shape to replace Jags, who will certainly be eased out in the next few years.
While I foresee that Jags is unlikely to decline that quickly, unless he suffers an injury. He still is keeping good form, retains pace and looks to be able to play on for a good while more; it's important to plan for a future without him in the next two years.
Garbutt, whenever given the chance to, has shown. In fact, I think he models his game around Baines. He hasn't yet got the same guile and mobility, but I think that will come. He packs a good shot, besides being able to cross it well.
Hopefully, he comes back and forms the next generation of the backline. What we are lacking is a right back that can challenge Coleman.
7 Posted 14/09/2015 at 18:46:00
8 Posted 14/09/2015 at 18:47:57
10 Posted 14/09/2015 at 19:15:48
We try our best to produce Academy players, but the next best thing is to bring young players up from lower divisions and nurture them into the squad, as football always used to work.
Mind you, I still think we have to make it up to Sligo Rovers one day.
11 Posted 14/09/2015 at 19:16:43
12 Posted 14/09/2015 at 19:23:07
13 Posted 14/09/2015 at 19:39:52
Young Brendan has been excellent, when you consider that he has played against City and Chelsea and having to defend against some of the best attackers in the Premier League / Europe only speaks volumes for the man as it's certainly no easy initiation that he has had.
Then there is Holgate and Browning to consider too. If they make progress, we will have some defence in the future
14 Posted 14/09/2015 at 19:47:59
15 Posted 14/09/2015 at 19:56:06
17 Posted 14/09/2015 at 20:10:44
Watching WHU vs Newcastle kick-off and it strikes me that compared to Everton:
1) How few British Isles players in either side
2) How many new players in both sides
18 Posted 14/09/2015 at 20:19:05
21 Posted 14/09/2015 at 20:28:36
I always felt Moyes's teams were good but lacked an arrogance and belief. I know it nauseates at times but I do admire the fact that Martinez would play Real Madrid and look to beat them with our defenders playing from the back.
Confidence and bottle is a wonderful thing and makes a team better. Moyes team in 2004-05 has plenty of bottle, I think our team is growing in confidence now our game changers being Lukaku, Mirallas and Deulofeu need to show they have bottle. I wish Barkley gets the same good arrogance that Stones, Galloway and Coleman have. If he does we would have some team but I still think Barkley is key to it all.
22 Posted 14/09/2015 at 20:29:57
23 Posted 14/09/2015 at 20:33:48
24 Posted 14/09/2015 at 20:58:25
But wow... What potential!
25 Posted 14/09/2015 at 21:01:07
26 Posted 14/09/2015 at 21:02:59
I'm so sorry about Bryan though, he could have been a key man at Everton.
27 Posted 14/09/2015 at 21:22:45
28 Posted 14/09/2015 at 21:25:57
29 Posted 14/09/2015 at 23:09:10
I am not as sure about Gethin Jones or Browning as both were terrorized against Whatmore the youngster at Sunderland who is another cert for the top.
My main gripe is that none of our attacking youngsters are anywhere near the potential of the defenders. How about giving Osman a coaching job to teach the kids to pass forwards accurately and provide a few assists.
32 Posted 15/09/2015 at 01:15:14
I'm hoping we can bulk him up a bit so he can play centre half, because I'm a fan of Luke Garbutt also.
We look well off for young defenders all of a sudden.
33 Posted 15/09/2015 at 06:40:28
34 Posted 15/09/2015 at 08:06:02
We have Funes Mori who can do a job at left back and, while I think Galoway should not be deposed for non football reasons, he would surely see his place, as a youngster in our squad, behind an Argentina international and therefore not in a strong position to negotiate a raise.
35 Posted 15/09/2015 at 08:45:57
I think Dowell looks like a special attacking player and I assume Henen and Rodriguez have ability.
We could always do with more strikers though.
36 Posted 15/09/2015 at 09:09:23
37 Posted 15/09/2015 at 09:20:57
He's got things to learn but he looks another fine young player that Roberto is bringing through. As Danny says, he's got no fear of reputations, he just lets the opposition know they'll have a tough afternoon... very tough!
I don't see that the Chairman has had this long term plan, other than accepting from Roberto that this is the way forward. He followed Moyes and now he's following Roberto.
Roberto said there was another way to achieve results and he seems to be showing us some of the early results of how we can achieve success.
The Chairman would be much better occupied by providing, along with the Board, a plan to see Goodison redeveloped, if, as I fear, WHP disappears into the mist.
38 Posted 15/09/2015 at 12:05:17
Obviously that game was a massive disappointment, especially as I'd come 4,000 km to see it. However the impressive displays by Stones and in particular Galloway, put a smile on my face. A long way from the finished article, I think he is a little short on pace at the moment, but you have to admire his tenacity and willingness to put in the work.
What has made me smile even more though is the improvement even since the Watford game; against Chelsea I thought he was excellent and if he does get a new contract, I think it would be thoroughly deserved!
39 Posted 15/09/2015 at 12:49:00
40 Posted 15/09/2015 at 12:55:43
41 Posted 15/09/2015 at 13:41:39
Browning looked just as good if not better for me against the RS and Man Utd last season and we haven't seen him since. It would be interesting to see how both perform at centre back, their natural positions. Browning looked immense in pre-season he needs to be playing now, if not here then give him a loan move.
42 Posted 15/09/2015 at 14:21:43
He does however, have something that is already obvious and that is grit. He has also shown a great capacity to get up and down the field and if he continues the way he is playing, I can see him challenging Bainsey and Brian for the left back spot.
Browning is also a great young prospect and I think he'll be similarly rewarded if he keeps progressing.
I also think that Roberto was thinking about using Bainsey in the midfield and he might still have that idea and Bryan can be equally good at full back or left wing.
Garbutt, like McAleny, is being given more time to get in first team performances and I hope they both make it too. Then this young lad Rodriguez might be an even better prospect as a goalscorer.
Going back to Brendan. he's got things to learn but I like the way he wins the personal physical battles as the mature professionals try and intimidate him. He'll have none of it and neither will Tyias when his time comes.
I think it is more and more looking like Roberto's ideas are bearing fruit and we will need all of these players in the months ahead. We had injuries last season and were having to make do and mend.
Now we are getting competition for places and I'm chuffed, as it's progressively more younger players coming through.
43 Posted 15/09/2015 at 14:47:47
I also like the look of that Whatmore, at Sunderland; he will cause loads of defenders problems, with his non-stop running, that kid.
44 Posted 15/09/2015 at 14:56:08
46 Posted 15/09/2015 at 16:59:57
I think Stones has had a lucky escape!
47 Posted 15/09/2015 at 17:43:33
I also thought he was decent (not great) when I saw him at West Ham last season and the same against Watford and Southampton this year.
Don't get me wrong, I think the boy has potential and I'm pleased to see him getting rewarded. But some of the stuff being said on here is ludicrous.
48 Posted 15/09/2015 at 18:06:27
If he continues to play well then Baines will know that he has to pull his finger out to get back in the team which can only benefit the squad. Oviedo is a worry with his injuries so I would rather keep a fully fit Galloway in ahead of Bryan at the moment.
49 Posted 15/09/2015 at 19:56:09
50 Posted 15/09/2015 at 21:07:07
On the ball and going forward Baines is brilliant and he would always be my first choice but please don't say he is a great defender, because he isn't.
51 Posted 15/09/2015 at 21:19:51
52 Posted 15/09/2015 at 21:21:59
53 Posted 15/09/2015 at 21:32:48
Galloway is faster, stronger and better in the air than Baines. I think he makes our defence more solid, and that's a very good thing, though he will never create as much as Baines....
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