Branthwaite joins PSV on loan

14/07/2022 62comments  |  Jump to last

Jarrad Branthwaite will spend the 2022-23 season in the Dutch Eredivisie after Everton agreed to send the young defender on loan to PSV Eindhoven.

He did not travel to the USA with the rest of the Blues squad this week as the agreement with PSV was ironed out and will now prepare for a campaign abroad where he hopes to gain valuable experience at first-team level in a different league.

Branthwaite was signed from Carlisle United in early 2020 and made a quick step up to Everton's senior side, displaying plenty of the qualities that suggest he has the makings of a top-class defender.

Last season's appearances also revealed some rawness to the 20-year-old's game so a spell on loan was thought to be the best solution for his development while the Blues have drafted in another centre-half in James Tarkowski on a free transfer from Burnley.

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Branthwaite was brought to Everton by then-Director of Football, Marcel Brands, who has retaken the same role back at PSV after leaving the Toffees last December, and the Dutchman has seen the potential in the youngster and what he could add at Philips Stadion this coming season.

Confirmation of Branthwaite's loan switch to the Netherlands came over the weekend.


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Mike Gaynes
1 Posted 14/07/2022 at
Excellent. Couldn't be better. The potential to play 40 games, including Champions League, for a quality club in a good league with a DOF who adores him and a legend for a manager (van Nistelrooy).

If he succeeds, he'll return to us in a year as a well-prepared professional capable of becoming a mainstay in our backline.

Good luck, Jarrad, and for heavens sake stay healthy!

Jack Convery
2 Posted 14/07/2022 at
Best foot forward, Jarrad. I want you to fulfil that potential and become a mainstay from next season. Good luck. I'm sure all blues will be looking for your results next season.

Take better care of him than Moise Kean, Mr Brands!

Mark Ryan
3 Posted 14/07/2022 at
I am genuinely surprised given the state of our defenders that this happening. I think he looks like he is going to be a class act and I'd prefer him to cut his teeth here in the Premier League... but what the fuck do I know? I would have been happier to read Holgate has gone to Bury on a free but again, what do I know?
Christy Ring
4 Posted 14/07/2022 at
Great move for him, playing European football as well, a huge bonus, and should bring him on in leaps and bounds. He's a left-sided centre-back which is a huge asset, and hopefully will be pushing for a regular start next season.
Robert Tressell
5 Posted 14/07/2022 at
This could be our best bit of business of the summer. Branthwaite is a class act. He doesn't need to toughen up in the Championship. He could be a DeLigt stature player and will learn how to play quality football on the deck with good technical players and movement around him.

Much better than 30 games for Blackburn or about 3 games for us if older players are injured.

Good luck, Jarrad.

Jim Bennings
7 Posted 14/07/2022 at
Seems to me like a good move for Jarrad Branthwaite, experience, and a new way of life will make him more mature.

I'm concerned however now that we are soley reliant on Tarkowski and Mina being fit (please don't laugh), otherwise we'll be left with the same group of centre halves that for most of last season were spunk awful.

Eddie Dunn
8 Posted 14/07/2022 at
This makes perfect sense – I hope he takes his chance with both hands and returns to claim his place.
Paul Kossoff
9 Posted 14/07/2022 at
The reason Branthwaite is going out on loan is he isn't good enough for the first team. That's why we have just got a 30-year-old defender in (who has just guided his team to relegation) on a 4-year contract and £120 grand a week!

Big changes at Everton? I don't think so. Wake up!

Tony Everan
10 Posted 14/07/2022 at
Great move for him, he'll come back a better player and ready to be a first-team starter in 2023-24. His progress in Holland will be followed closely.
Dale Self
12 Posted 14/07/2022 at
Good technical league to provide him weekly action. Good luck to him and good asset value building by the club. Thelwell +1
Ian Bennett
13 Posted 14/07/2022 at
Disappointed we've not looked to get rid of Holgate or Keane, and kept him/played him.

We've moved on a lad who will probably move on as soon as he's good enough. If you're good enough, you're old enough to play.

Mike Gaynes
14 Posted 14/07/2022 at

How many 20-year-olds do you see starting at center-back in this league? Maybe up front or on the wing, but not center-back.

No matter how good you are, you still need experience to succeed at the core of a Premier League defense. He's played 13 games.

David White
15 Posted 14/07/2022 at
Mike @14,

I'm with you, mate This lad could be the business. Centre-backs need time to mature. Look at Godfrey – he's still maturing and should really be the one who's looking to cement his place in the starting line-up.

Jarrad is a year or two behind. Let him make mistakes and learn a bit more playing for PSV – hopefully playing a possession-based style that Frank ultimately wants to deploy – then comes back more rounded and ready to start for us. I think Tarkowski will have few years left in him.. but Ben and Jarrad are the long term...

Ian Bennett
16 Posted 14/07/2022 at
Mike, do you know how depressing it is going to a game and hearing Michael Keane's name read out? The guy's at his peak, is rubbish, and is only going to get worse.

He is Everton imbodied over the last 5 years – crap. Move him on, and get players that will improve. He's had his chance, and he's proved to be the rag doll that Lukuku schooled him before we even bought him. This club has not only scouted a duffer, we even extended his contract...

With Mina, Tarkowski, Godfrey, I would have kept Branthwaite. He's not necessarily a starter, but he's a player that's on the up – whereas Keane & Holgate aren't.

David White
17 Posted 14/07/2022 at
I do agree in part, Ian.

Keane & Holgate are the two who should go. Keane has been treading water for years now. Holgate is a liability for someone so young. He has played a lot of games for us, I don't see any improvement over the years.

But I think Jarrad will be a better player next year for playing for PSV, hopefully playing a lot of games instead of a handful for us.

Ian Bennett
18 Posted 14/07/2022 at
Interesting De Gea made his debut at 18, Casillias won the Champions League at 19. Massive clubs, massive pressure.

John Stones wasn't much older when he emerged at Everton. Ferdinand at West Ham, 18. John Terry was 20 at Chelsea. Plenty of others out there.

If you're good enough, you're old enough.

Are we not blooding him because his mistake will cost us a trophy? Or just is it easy to go with the same 'experience', that still make mistakes.

Blood the kids. Some will make it, some will move on. But at least you're a club moving forward, and any young hungry player will want to join you. Or just stay as a retirement home for former footballers who couldn't give a fuck!

3 weeks away is the start of the season, and we are still behind last season player-wise 🤮.

Jay Harris
19 Posted 14/07/2022 at
The problem I see with Michael Keane is not his ability, in fact he has had some very good games and scored some important goals for us.

My problem with him is in his head. His concentration is woeful and he doesnt have the mentality for a fight as his head often goes down.

However, our need is defensive midfielder, not a centre-back, and Mina would be the first name on the exit sheet for me as he only manages a handful of games every season — and most of them are for Colombia.

Danny O’Neill
20 Posted 14/07/2022 at
Disappointing that he won't be closer to the Everton first team squad but this is a great opportunity for the player. The chance to play Champions League football.

This could be a fantastic experience in his footballing development and hopefully one that benefits Everton in the long term.

Coached under Van Nistelrooy??

David Bromwell
21 Posted 14/07/2022 at
Mixed views on this loan, obviously a good move for Jarrad but I would have liked to think we could have given him some first-team football. Let's hope he comes back ready for the first team next season.

Young Gibson, another left-sided centre-back, is also going out on loan. He has had a terrible time with injuries but he did look a classy player and clearly has potential if he can remain injury-free.

Ben Patchesa
22 Posted 14/07/2022 at
I'm actually running a school visit to PSV next week so, if Jarrad or anyone connected to him reads this, it would be great if he could have a quick word with our crowd at the training ground!
Mike Gaynes
23 Posted 14/07/2022 at
Ian #18, Jarrad ain't Stones or Ferdinand or Terry, and he isn't an all-time great goalkeeper. Of course there are examples of kids that young becoming instant stars, but it's rare. Look how far you had to go back. We all see Jarrad's talent. I don't think anybody sees a legend in the making.

The kid needs to play, every game. It's obviously Frank and Kevin's judgement that he's not yet ready to move ahead of Keane and Holgate into the regular rotation. When he comes back after fighting for a league title and playing a half-dozen games in the Champion's League, he'll make them both irrelevant. Plenty of time to move them on then.

Godfrey's development stopped dead last season due to Covid and injuries. He and Jarrad are the future. Got to get them both matured and ready.

Robert Tressell
24 Posted 14/07/2022 at
It would be a lot easier to blood Branthwaite if the senior players around him weren't so hopeless and we didn't, by necessity, also need to blood Patterson at right-back. Weirdly I could see him getting more first-team games if he were coming through at a better side.
Paul Hewitt
25 Posted 14/07/2022 at
Another season like last and I'll need committing.
Ian Bennett
26 Posted 14/07/2022 at
Did anyone think Stones would be as good as he was when we signed him from mighty Barnsley? Did anyone think Robertson would be that good from Hull? Anelka for £500k, Coleman £65k?

I don't think you can write off the up side to any player, when you carry on with the same failures Mike.

But insanity is trying the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different outcome - and I am afraid we have been stuck in the same rut. Just losing our better player each year - Stones, Lukuku, Gana, Richarlison. Whilst players like Keane have ended with how many managers being sacked?

Youth surprises you if it is given a chance. Mbappe, Halland, Bellingham, de Ligt, de Jong, all central, all recent, all good enough.

Get rid of Keane & Holgate. Save yourself £100k a week in wages = £5m wages and £15-20M in transfer fees. Plus the £10M they'll cost to sack Frank and Co.

I'd rather have Branthwaite and £25M available to spend on a player that will take us forward not relegate us.

Gbamin is shite as well, Mike. His legs are made of toast crusts.

Tony Abrahams
27 Posted 14/07/2022 at
It wouldn't surprise me if we never see Branthwaite in a blue shirt ever again once he gets noticed playing in the Champions League.
Robert Tressell
28 Posted 14/07/2022 at
There is a good chance of that, unfortunately, Tony.
Mike Owen
29 Posted 14/07/2022 at
Very disappointed to read about this.

Yes, I think the lad will likely benefit from playing for a top Dutch club.

But I think we need to have him around in 2022-23. This lad is an exceptional talent.

We haven't got the squad depth to let a player of his quality leave.

I'd have him ahead of Mina any day. Notably, they are a similar build, but I reckon Branthwaite is cooler. A more intelligent footballer.

Too many times, I have seen Mina decide he should start an argument with the striker he is marking. Trying to put the opponent off his game, but too often he seems to lose his own concentration.

And how many goals does Mina score, although he is often going up for corners? Six, I think, in the last four seasons. Not one in the league last season.

Remember Branthwaite's equaliser against Chelsea? What a crucial goal.

If he devotes himself to his football, this lad is a future England International. But sadly, I wouldn't be surprised if we have seen the last of him in an Everton shirt.

#27, Paul, I feel exactly the same. But I can see it all happening again...

29, Tony, I drafted all that a little earlier. Just seen your comment. Yep, if he plays in the Champions League, he's well and truly in the shop window.

Mike Gaynes
30 Posted 14/07/2022 at

Frank Lampard actually turned a useless Iwobi into a decent #10 and somehow managed to make Hacker Holgate play five really good games in a row when it mattered most. These were miracles of Biblical proportions.

I'd say Frank has some credibility built up at this point. If he thinks that what Jarrad and his 13 games experience needs most is this loan, that's good enough for me.

Frank also obviously disagrees with you about Gbamin. Maybe he does medical miracles as well.

Terry Farrell
31 Posted 14/07/2022 at
This boy has got it and is star quality. The question mark hanging over him is his terrible injury and niggles record. Let's hope he puts a run together and stays fit because there will be no stopping him if he can sort that out.
Ian Bennett
32 Posted 14/07/2022 at
More chance of Joe Parkinson converting a Paul Bracewell cross, than Gbamin coming back to anything worthwhile.
Tony Abrahams
33 Posted 14/07/2022 at
I loved John Stones, who definitely got better because he was allowed to play for Everton. I haven't seen enough of Branthwaite yet, but he definitely looks like he's a better defender than Stones, so it's very disappointing (to me) that he's been asked to learn his trade away from Goodison.

This might turn out to be a good move, but this obviously depends on how the players who are still here perform next season.

Dave Abrahams
34 Posted 14/07/2022 at
Mike (31), agree completely with your post, the lad will do well in Holland but we need him here for the coming season.
Bernie Quinn
35 Posted 14/07/2022 at
Sorry Mike G. but I have to agree with Ian and Tony A. It may be a good move for Branthwaite but he could just as easily improve here under Frank's coaches.

I can't see why he would want to return to Everton for next season. Too many clubs will be watching him.

Steavey Buckley
36 Posted 14/07/2022 at
Unless Lampard has back-up for next season, it's a long season without adequate cover for the centre-half positions.

Teams like Fulham, Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth will go into the new season in the
Premier League with players who have not the same experience as Branthwaite. Yet, all I ever read about is Everton fans wanting Branthwaite to go out on loan to gain more experience.

They've got their wish with him being loaned out to the Dutch League, but not as grueling or as trough as the Premier League.

Andrew Keatley
37 Posted 14/07/2022 at
The best young homegrown centre-backs from Premier League sides generally seem to go out on loan. Ben White went to Leeds, Levi Colwill went to Huddersfield, Marc Guehi went to Swansea, Fikayo Tomori went on a few loans, Taylor Harwood-Bellis is starting his fourth season on loan at Burnley, while Cameron Carter-Vickers went on seven different loans before signing permanently for Celtic from Spurs.

If Branthwaite rises to the challenge of being abroad and manages to get 25+ starts this season then I suspect this loan is going to be a very good step in the development of a young player with huge potential. If he becomes good enough to be a regular starter for us, or even considered good enough to be a regular starter for a “bigger” club than us, then it is all upside for Everton Football Club for a young player who only cost us £1 million. His time will come.

Justin Doone
38 Posted 14/07/2022 at
I'm surprised that PSV want him and that we believe he will get more game time at PSV.

I really hope he does because he's a John Terry type defender for me.
The only way he will improve is by playing regularly. The talent is there.

The more games he plays, the more consistency he will show. He's too good for the reserves and I thought he'd be ahead of Keane and Holgate to partner Mina, Godfrey or Tarkowski in the centre.

Mike Gaynes
39 Posted 14/07/2022 at
Guys, I haven't seen enough of Jarrad to say he's already better than Keane and Holgate. I'm just saying that if Frank thought Jarrad was better than Keane and Holgate, he'd be staying and they'd be gone. And if Frank thinks he'll learn more as a possible starter at PSV than as our #6 centre-back, I'm not gonna disagree with him.

Again, PSV is an ideal situation for the kid. He's playing for the DOF who bought him for us, and a manager who was known as one of the wiliest players in the world.

Bernie #35, he'll be back... he's under contract to us for three more years.

Si Cooper
40 Posted 14/07/2022 at
Let's assume there is not a horde of other clubs hammering on our door to take the likes of Michael Keane, Mason Holgate or Yerry Mina (none of whom are as shambolic as some people make them out to be) off our hands with deals that would satisfy both the club and the players.

Let's assume that the club's finances means we might prefer to at least get some financial benefit from a great prospect at the same time as improving him, as long as it doesn't put us in a dire situation on the playing front.

Assuming those things might just get us to this loan deal.

Si Cooper
41 Posted 15/07/2022 at
Bernie, I have to ask: How often have you seen Jarrad Branthwaite play fullback?

Our team isn't anymore depleted in defence than it was last season, in fact we have already strengthened by bringing in Tarkowski (Kenny was never going to claim a permanent role).

If the likes of Godfrey, Mykolenko, Patterson and Nkounkou can find form /and mature, then we potentially have great mobility which, in and of itself, is a very useful asset.

12 months ago, the priority was defensive midfield more than central defence, and I'd say it still is.

Dupont Koo
42 Posted 15/07/2022 at
Best move of our summer so far!

Playing Champions League football, along with competing for the League Title at a decent European League (which would help improving his in-game composure because every game will be critical, especially against a juggernaut like Ajax).

Not to mention living abroad for the first time in his young life under the careful and professional eyes of a certain Mr Brands. That is a god-send move for him on & off the field.

(Quick tangent: Jonjoe Kenny loved his time at the continent so much that he returned there the minute we waived him.)

40 starts with Blackburn in the rough jungle that is Championship Football would help making Jarrad's bones and progressing him towards his floor as a player (a decent Premier League defender), but this move could improve his ceiling as a player (hopefully from an above-average Premier League defender into a 3 Lions' Starter at a World Cup Game).

Bernie Quinn
43 Posted 15/07/2022 at
Si @42,

Obviously I have never seen Branthwaite except on television. You didn't disagree that he is better than either Holgate or Keane.

I never said that we have a more depleted defence compared to last season. What I am saying is that Everton have a more depleted squad of players compared to other clubs, in my opinion.

Why should we allow decent players to go out on loan when he could remain and train (and play) with the first team?

I would much rather sell Holgate and Keane. It would upset me if, after his loan, he decides he prefers European football and is transferred for 'megabucks' despite his contract with us.

James Flynn
44 Posted 15/07/2022 at
Great news.

Just turned 20 and going out on loan to Brands, who signed him for us.

The kid works hard and stays healthy, should see plenty of game time.

Kieran Kinsella
45 Posted 15/07/2022 at
This puzzles me because, let's face it, PSV are better than Everton – albeit in a weaker league. So, if he's not good enough for us yet, then how is he good enough for them?

If he's on the bench, he may as well be on our bench. If he is good enough for PSV, then surely he's at least as good as players we will be using, eg, Holgate and Keane.

Terry Downes
46 Posted 15/07/2022 at
Kieran @46,

Took the words out of my mouth, mate. How can he be not good enough for us but good enough to play Champions League football with PSV?

Joe Green
47 Posted 15/07/2022 at
Kieran @46 and Terry @47,

Good points, my thought is that both the Dutch League and The Champions League are inferior quality to the Premier League.

Danny O’Neill
48 Posted 15/07/2022 at
I haven't seen enough of the Branthwaite. The little I have, he looks promising. Unlike many, I have a few concerns, but lets see more of him.

He can only benefit from this experience in my opinion. Reading between the lines and making assumptions, I guess Lampard and Thelwell think this will be best for him at this stage of his career. Good spot on the Brands link James; that explains it even more.

I kept getting told, probably 2 years ago now, that centre back wasn't a priority when I got excited about the prospect of Koulbaly joining Ancelotti.

Won't happen, didn't happen. We do have the makings of a young defence with plenty of potential. We are well stocked in this area:

Coleman, Patterson, Mykolenko, Godfrey, Keane, Mina, Tarkowski.

Seven players to rotate between 3 or 4 positions depending on the formation.

So it seems the focus was to get Branthwaite in a place where he gets game time.

Hopefully Tarkowski will give us that leadership we need but I still concern about our ability to play on the front foot. Hopefully I'll be proven wrong.

So I'll concede, a holding midfielder who can play is the priority. I don't like to call them defensive because that tells me we sit and defend. A player who can protect the defence, allow the other midfielders to roam and plunder and who can pick a pass once the ball is recycled.

As I've already said, this will be a great opportunity for him and he potentially gets to play at the highest level of European football.

Just come back to Everton with that experience!!

Gary Jones
49 Posted 15/07/2022 at
Brands will have much more influence and respect at PSV than he ever got here, so I believe Branthwaite will get games there. He will move himself from being a ‘youngster with potential' to a seriously hot young player, and that is good for us.

I would have personally preferred to have moved on Mina and/or Keane and kept him here, but that's unlikely without any takers. I actually believe that if none come in, we'll see a much more robust and available Mina and a more determined Keane.

Also, can't see Holgate or Godfrey lying down and seeing their careers blow out… the competition for 1-2 places alongside Tarkowski will be fierce. Add in an emerging Reece Welch to that too (albeit hopefully a loan out too if nobody comes in for the others).

So, all waffle aside, I too reckon we're “good” at centre-back for now. We need competition for Dom and a midfield general who can pass and tackle, please.

Danny O’Neill
50 Posted 15/07/2022 at
Fair assessment, Gary.

I like Mina, so now it looks like he's staying, I hope we can keep him fit and motivate him. He certainly seems to be a character in the dressing room and is arguably our best centre-back.

Keane; I'm well documented so won't go there.

To your point though, we probably couldn't offload either. Mina for his injury track record and Keane. Well, because he is what he is. Again, I won't go there.

I like your point about Brands. Probably now being allowed to do his job. Meanwhile, our current DoF has just been publicly informed that he will be "assisted" in transfer matters.

Gary Jones
51 Posted 15/07/2022 at
Spot on, Danny. Our Chairman's ongoing involvement in transfers is a seriously horrifying element of yesterday's statement.

Guess our only hope is that Thelwell and Lampard have grouped together and identified players, and Bill is simply setting up the meeting, organising the coffee and sandwiches (from anywhere other than Greggs) and providing some phone numbers to get it moving.

Unfortunately though, I doubt it.

Andrew Ellams
52 Posted 15/07/2022 at
I'm not seeing much of a negative here. He clearly has the potential but isn't ready to play regular first-team football yet and can only benefit from a year in a league that tends to develop its youngsters well. Especially if he gets some Champions League game time.
Jimmy Salt
53 Posted 15/07/2022 at
Some good comments and a lot of nonsense on here.

A young big strong talented player is going to learn to play football.


Martin Mason
54 Posted 15/07/2022 at
He is potentially a top class CD who we are correctly developing well and not rushing. The loan is superb for him and hence for us as a club and I really hope to see him back next year into a much improved side as a much improved player. Be positive about it, the defence is likely to be a lot better next year than last.
James Flynn
55 Posted 15/07/2022 at
Well, here's Jarrad's centre-back competition at PSV this season, by Age and minutes played last season.

Armondo Obispo (23) - 1055 minutes

André Ramalhon (30) - 1694 minutes

Derrick Luckassen (27) - on loan from PSV the last 4 years. Last season at Fatih Karagümrük, where he made 20 appearances.

Olivier Boscagli (25) - 2357 minutes

Ki-Jana Hoever (20) - Wolves player. Like Jarrad, just signed on loan to PSV.

Nick White
56 Posted 17/07/2022 at
It's now been confirmed that Branthwaite has joined PSV on loan for the season. Good move for him if he plays regularly and hopefully returns ready to slot in to the defence.
Steavey Buckley
57 Posted 17/07/2022 at
Lampard has reported Keane could be out of action for the next 2 months. That's 2 centre-halves not available out of 4.
James Flynn
58 Posted 17/07/2022 at
Steavey (58) - Lampard reported it to whom? It's not up on the internet, including the Club site.
James Flynn
59 Posted 17/07/2022 at
Looking at the PSV website, it appears the centre-back who logged the heaviest minutes for them last season, Olivier Boscagli with 2,357, is out injured until winter.

Too bad for him, but leaves an opening for Jarrad to work his way into the line-up.

Francis van Lierop
60 Posted 18/07/2022 at
I can't add much more than what Mike Gaynes wrote in the first post of this thread.
I will watch more of PSV this season to keep an eye on our Jarrad.
It is to be hoped that they, like us, have a better season than the previous one. I watched them play Real Sociedad, well the first half. I'd seen enough at half time.

They have just had a tough draw in the 3rd preliminary round of the Champions League.
I do hope they progress, as this will be to the benefit of Jarrad.
How many of our current players have European experience?

Jim Lloyd
61 Posted 18/07/2022 at
Well said Mike! Our manager and coaches and DoF have all agreed that this is the best step for him. First team football in a top club. Champions league as well. Great move. I'd love to see him here as we still have some iffy defenders.
But we'll get by; but in 12 months time we might do a lot more with the lad in our side.
Francis van Lierop
62 Posted 18/07/2022 at
Forgot to add that PSV drew Monaco.
Brent Stephens
63 Posted 20/07/2022 at
A great loan move. Enjoy it.
Barry McNally
64 Posted 31/07/2022 at
Anybody know why Branthwaite didn't play yesterday in The Netherlands equivalent of Community Shield?

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