Branthwaite signs up for another year

Saturday, 4 Febuary, 2020 34comments  |  Jump to last

Jarrad Branthwaite, who has only been with the club since January, has accepted a contract extension that runs through June 2023

Branthwaite, whose original contract was for 2½ years, played just a handful of games for Everton's Under-23s before the season was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 18-year-old has trained regularly with first team since the squad returned to Finch Farm — and says he is learning every day from manager Carlo Ancelotti and the other players.

“I've come a long way from playing for Carlisle in the first half of the season, and now being here at a massive club like Everton and working under one of the best managers in the world,” Branthwaite told

“Training with the first team has been a great experience. I'm enjoying it. The likes of Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman have given me a lot of advice. Throughout the training sessions, they give me little tips on where I can improve.

“I've been looking at what the other players do and trying to implement certain parts into my game, so I can be the best player I can be. I'll keep striving to do better.”


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Minik Hansen
1 Posted 04/07/2020 at 14:31:34
Happy to have a relatively young player that could step up after a loan spell next season, and gets to play some in the first team in two seasons time.
Paul Richards
2 Posted 04/07/2020 at 14:46:28
This just seems odd to me. Why do they need to extend his contract when they are just 6 months in, with 2 years more to run???

Okay, maybe he's turned out to be a lot better than they thought when they brought him in from Carlisle, and an extended contract has to mean they have agreed to pay him more money, not less, over the next 3 years... Kinda blows smoke up the arse of those who think that somehow Covid-19 will cause the reset button to be pressed regarding Premier League players' wages.

For Everton, I guess that means it's business as usual going forward into the post-Covid void...

Richard Mason
3 Posted 04/07/2020 at 14:58:01
According to reports, Everton had the option to extend his contract by a year when he turned 18.

He seems to be improving while training with the first team, so Everton decided to go with it.

Steve Ferns
4 Posted 04/07/2020 at 14:58:27
Paul, it's to do with maximum contracts for children. He's now 18 and an adult. They'll have probably increased the wages but they've now extended his contract to the maximum possible for an 18-year-old.

Imagine he breaks into the first team at the end of next season and only had 12 months left. I think it's sensible, although we do need to be wary of more Luke Garbutts.

Another point though, and as much as it's good to hear about Coleman and Baines, why is it always just those two? Surely Michael Keane is the best one to give him tips as a fellow centre half? Don't the players from outside of the Moyes era want to pass on their experience?

Tony Everan
5 Posted 04/07/2020 at 15:06:44
The lad is showing a good attitude and is willing to learn. The extension means he in on the right path to breaking into the first team in a couple of years time. It's a massive challenge for him but achievable.

He will be looking at Mason Holgate and thinking, "If I'm good enough, I will be given an opportunity."

Si Cooper
6 Posted 04/07/2020 at 15:21:19
If you can really get a proper impression from a very limited viewing, I think this lad is a good bet for ending up as a top pro.

I saw him in the U23s game v Watford. Came on as sub, part way through second half, slotted in instantly, seemed to assume the role of organising the defence and looked completely unphased against an attack that was gaining confidence through some extended possession.

Big but mobile and apparently comfortable with the ball, going on one 50-yard run that very nearly ended with him setting someone up with a lay-off in the opposition's box.

Only really a cameo I know and at a lower level, but I can see why (if he is steadily progressing) the club has decided to sign him on for the longer term.

Jack Convery
7 Posted 04/07/2020 at 15:25:46
Good. Seems like a decent prospect.
Brian Wilkinson
8 Posted 04/07/2020 at 15:29:04
I was very impressed with Lewis Gibson, Carlo has gone on record as saying Branthwaite is close to a first-team call up and is very impressed with Branthwaite and he seems to be higher up in the pecking order than Gibson.

Carlo has seen something in the player that he likes so, with just turning 18, makes sense to extend his contract.

Kieran Kinsella
9 Posted 04/07/2020 at 16:36:55

Could be situational, eg, he's setting up in group games alongside those two versus Keane's in the other group. Pienaar reckons Baines talks non-stop, while Coleman is captain so it could also be a personality thing

Steve Shave
10 Posted 04/07/2020 at 17:40:01
I've posted on here before about this lad just after we signed him. My father in law is a huge Carlisle fan and he was highly regarded there, the coach was quoted as saying he was convinced he would be an England regular one day. Let's hope so.
Ian Bennett
11 Posted 04/07/2020 at 18:34:15
Not sure Gibson is lower down the pecking order. He's played a good 10 games at Fleetwood, and the experience will have helped a lot.

Martin Mason
12 Posted 04/07/2020 at 18:54:07
Exceptional, the club is doing good things now. Hope the young French lad does well too.
Brian Wilkinson
13 Posted 04/07/2020 at 19:20:42
My thoughts as well Ian, but Carlo was content on letting Gibson go out on loan, while he has drafted Braithwaite Branthwaite in with the first team squad training and has said he has been very impressed with Braithwaite Branthwaite.
Paul Richards
14 Posted 04/07/2020 at 20:56:10
Ah, that makes sense, Steve (#4). I'd forgotten those age restrictions. Thanks.
Bobby Mallon
15 Posted 05/07/2020 at 08:23:19
If an 18-year-old can be given game time at Man Utd, because he is good enough, then an 18-year-old can get game time at Everton, if he's good enough... simples.
Carl Manning
16 Posted 05/07/2020 at 12:27:23
Bobby, the 18-year-old at Man Utd already looks international class! That's the difference. He looks like he will be a superstar this time next year.

Gibson has been exceptional at Fleetwood, although they got taken apart this week. I think he will be in the first-team squad next season. Branthwaite will be on the bench now as Carlo has no other options, and Gibson is out on loan. It should also help bring him along.

Gibson needed games and to play against men, which he has done with distinction. Branthwaite is below him undoubtedly in the pecking order.

Bobby Mallon
17 Posted 05/07/2020 at 12:32:06
Well we won't know unless we play him, will we?
Derek Knox
18 Posted 05/07/2020 at 13:32:21
Carl @16, yes, I agree about Gibson. Pity the other day with that play-off game where they (Fleetwood) had a player sent off early for two stupid fouls. It was all uphill after that against a useful Wycombe side.

Our man Gibson and, to a lesser degree, Calum Connolly, played well, so I don't think in the case of Gibson it will have done him any harm. It is no coincidence either that, up until the break, Fleetwood were virtually unbeaten, and looking a certainty for promotion.

Tom Bowers
19 Posted 05/07/2020 at 13:40:34
A lot of great players developed early and did things beyond their years. Rooney, and Messi are two prime examples; they had the confidence oozing out of them almost before they started shaving.

However, there are others who take just a little longer but with the right coaching and a manager who gives them opportunities they soon find their feet.

Hopefully Carlo is already earmarking some of the Everton newbies.

Clive Rogers
20 Posted 05/07/2020 at 16:29:31
With the improved form of both Keane and Holgate, with Mina as back-up and both Gibson and Branthwaite coming into the first-team squad, buying an additional centre-back doesn't seem as important as it did a few months ago. The cash could be used to strengthen other areas.

Gibson is 20 this month and will be chomping at the bit for games next season.

Dave Southword
21 Posted 05/07/2020 at 21:42:07
Indeed, I don't believe a centre back is needed at all, unless they decide to move Keane on but he's doing okay at the moment.

We don't need to have all the youngsters go on loan for two seasons before we give them a chance.

Tony Everan
22 Posted 05/07/2020 at 23:16:27
There's one or two rumours Mina may be sold and be replaced with Zouma. But this hearsay is thrown around like confetti at this time of year.
David Currie
23 Posted 06/07/2020 at 01:36:00
I don't think Zouma has had a good season and would not want him back, would rather keep Mina and see if he can improve.
Robert Tressell
24 Posted 06/07/2020 at 03:45:39
Plenty of rumours about Mina leaving for Valencia for circa 㾻m. The replacement today earmarked is Senesi of Feyenoord – a young Argentine who is shorter than Holgate. Seems unlikely.

Not a particular fan of Mina but agree that we have enough at centre-back – if we're going to stick with a fairly deep line.

To play a higher line, we could do with someone dominant in the air and quick on the turn. The fact that we're persistently linked with just such players suggests Carlo wants to do so.

Zouma would be a good, safe option. He's had a mixed season but possibly exposed by loose tactics and weaker partners than Holgate (and Keane) at centre-back.

Other names offer a higher ceiling (and would be my preference) but Zouma is the one who could step in now.

Kieran Kinsella
25 Posted 06/07/2020 at 04:08:14
Robert Tressell

I like Mina as a player but the sad fact is he's been here two years and can't seem to stay fit so I'd sell him. The red Echo have bizarrely priced Keane at 㾶 million and reckon he could be on his way too. He's another player I like and I can't see us selling him in his prime for 40 percent of what we paid for him.

Derek Moore
26 Posted 06/07/2020 at 04:18:29
I tend to agree with KK @ 25.

The best ability is ultimately availability. If the right offer were there for Mina I would take it.

The red Echo isn't even fit for fish and chips these days. I'd just about use it to line the kitty litter tray, it's an utter rag and has been for at least two decades. Keane for 㾶 million is crazier than a jumping bean in my view.

Mike Gaynes
27 Posted 06/07/2020 at 04:25:46
Kieran... Mina came to us injured, but once he made his debut in November 2018, he has missed 8 league games due to injury. Out of 47. I wouldn't classify him as "can't stay fit."

I would be disappointed to see him depart and be replaced by Zouma.

Phill Thompson
28 Posted 06/07/2020 at 11:50:59
I think we need to put things into perspective with Branthwaite, just turned 18, been with us 6 months, so only played about 3or 4 games at U23s level. He's done amazing so far, and looks to have the height and physicality to have real potential. I suspect though if Gibson hadn't gone out on loan it would be him not Branthwaite training with the 1st team, but grabbing your opportunity is what it's all about.

I've watched him on streams twice for the U23s, against Man City and Chelsea away. City tore us apart and a weak header out from Branthwaite lead to their first goal. Bizarrely we played 5 defenders and 5 midfielders that day! Against Chelsea we were much better, losing to a late penalty I think, and Branthwaite did well and looked solid at the back.

Remember he's effectively a 2nd year Scholar in age range, so is doing really well but even with his Carlisle games he's played very few matches against older opposition.

He's got a lot to learn, and hopefully he'll continue with the 1st team training where he can continue to progress rapidly and get more game time with the U23s. Then again, Carlo who sees him everyday knows him best so we'll see what happens who knows he just may get a crack this season.

James Flynn
29 Posted 06/07/2020 at 16:20:16
Leave Zouma where he is.

He wasn't any great shakes with us. Had good games and bad ones. Same as now for Chelsea, a more talented team than ours.

Yes, he looked good during last year's run-in. The whole defense looked good during those games. The impetus being Gana playing out of his skin.

Talk of Zouma's is starting to creep into James McCarthy territory. The less he plays for us, the better he gets.

He'd be no improvement on Mina. Leave him where he is.

Tony Abrahams
30 Posted 06/07/2020 at 16:51:47
James McCarthy was very good before his injuries, we could do with his energy in the middle of the park now, and I don't think Chelsea, will sell Zouma anyway James, unless they receive a hugh bid?
Fran Mitchell
31 Posted 06/07/2020 at 17:03:09
I agree James. Sounds did well, but wasn't world class either. He turned out vital, as Mina had injury issues, but Mina is here and is settled and for me is top quality and greatly underappreciated on here.

Zouma has been in and out of Chelsea's team, not looked particularly spectacular and Chelsea are looking for a replacement. Yet this has been ignored by the masses who believe he is desperately missed.

I'm happy we missed out on him as it has meant Holgate getting his chance.

I think we only need to sign a defender should Keane be moved on.

Kieran Kinsella
32 Posted 06/07/2020 at 17:58:04
Mike Gaynes

The "injured" stats don't tell the whole story. Case in point, he is listed as having missed no games due to injury during 2020. But we know from Carlo, he was a doubt for the RS game as he was getting matchfit after injury. The injury occurred during the covid break so it doesn't exist in terms of his stats. But it did preclude him from being considered to start the RS game. Also, over the past four years, he's had three hamstring and three foot injuries. The recurrence of both is something concerning to me based on the histories of folks like Michael Owen and Darren Anderton. I think Mina is very good, he also seems like a very nice man. But, if he stays I fear he'll end up in the glue factory sooner rather than later.

David Thomas
33 Posted 06/07/2020 at 19:45:46
If we could get our money back on Mina I would sell him tomorrow. If we are going to be a top club again we won't be doing it with Keane, Mina and Holgate as our only senior central defenders.

Central defence and central midfield have got to be invested in during the next transfer window if we are to make progress.

We can't work on the basis that a couple of young lads who have never played a first team match for us are doing well at lower levels so we don't need to invest in this position.

Len Hawkins
34 Posted 17/07/2020 at 10:35:26
Well after a disastrous start against Wolves, he was a standout last night plus I don't recall a misplaced pass – he shows our midfielders up with that. He could have just saved Everton a few £million. And he wasn't bullied he held his own and looked comfortable.

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