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Brendan Galloway 32

Roberto Martinez's planning for the future in the second summer since he assumed the Goodison helm continued with the signing of MK Dons defender/midfielder, Brendan Galloway, on a five-year contract in early August 2014. The defender was another promising young talent plucked from the lower divisions, this time from League One.

Galloway was optimistic about his move, telling the Everton website: "It means an awful lot to me coming to such a great club. I'm now looking forward to learning off some of the more senior players – the likes of Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka.

"Long-term, I also want to get in the Everton team and play week-in and week-out in the Premier League and play in a team that's doing well, which I know we will do."

He was born in Zimbabwe, and raised in Harare until he and his family moved to Britain. Despite his eligibility for the African country, Galloway featured at several youth levels for England, winning 3 caps at Under-19 level. Such was his promise, the youngster made his MK Dons debut before his 16th birthday, at just over 15 years and 6 months old, in a 6-0 win over Nantwich Town in the FA Cup first round in 2011.

He saw limited action in his first two seasons in Milton Keynes, but his final season there was something of a breakthrough campaign, with the centre-back making 13 appearances in all competitions and scoring one goal – against Halifax Town again in the FA Cup in November.

The fee for the player was to be decided by a tribunal, with Everton's offer of a £400k fee plus add-ons rejected by his previous club. He settled in to playing for the Under-21s and eventually got a chance to show his mettle at senior level when Leighton Baines finally succumbed to surgery on a long-standing ankle injury late in the 2014-15 season and then had to go under the knife again in August 2015 on the same ankle.

Galloway played in Everton's final two Premier League games of the 2014-15 campaign and was called upon to deputise for Baines for the first four months of the following season, acquitting himself with remarkable maturity that had many observers purring about another future England international refining his trade at Goodison Park.

However, he played very little part in the second half of the 2015-16 season after picking up a knee injury that would keep him sidelined for more than two months. He returned in May, played for the Under-21s and featured in couple of pre-season games under new manager Ronald Koeman but the competition for places in the squad by that point meant that a loan elsewhere made more sense.

A season-long loan to Premier League rivals West Bromwich Albion under the defensively-minded Tony Pulis appeared to offer Galloway the ideal opportunity to ramp up his development but he ended up making just three league starts for the Baggies. His year away from Everton ended up being an unproductive one but he would get another crack at getting regular first-team action at Sunderland.

Galloway joined the newly-relegated Black Cats on a season-long loan for the 2017-18 campaign, hoping to help them bounce straight back to the Premier League. But he played barely a handful of games as the Wearsiders fell to a new low, ultimatley suffering relegation to League One.


Squad number 32
Position Defender
Nationality Zimbabwe
Born Harare
Date of birth 17 March 1996
Height 6'-1" (1.85 m)
Joined 1 August 2014
Joined from MK Dons
Signed by Roberto Martinez
Transfer fee £400k
Contract duration 5 years
Contract expires June 2020
Full debut v West Ham Utd (A)
16 May 2015
Previous Clubs MK Dons
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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2 (0)
0 (0)
2 (0)
14 (1)
2 (2)
16 (3)
2016-17 32 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
2017-18 * 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
  Totals 16 (1) 0 2 (2) 0 18 (3) 0
* On Season-long loan at Sunderland


Loan Spells

Season Team Appearances (sub) Goals
2016-17 West Bromwich Albion 3 (0) & 2 (0) 0 & 0
2017-18 Sunderland 5 (2) & 1 (0) 0 & 0

Previous Career

Season Team Appearances (sub) Goals
2011-14 MK Dons 10 0

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