Everton have added to their rich run of form, having blown away Burnley to reach the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup last night.
Despite never truly coming out of second gear, Sean Dyche’s Toffees’ dominance over the visitors at Goodison Park this season was a pleasing sight.
But it was also another absolutely brilliant performance by Jarrad Branthwaite, who keeps proving his value at the back for a team that has a long tradition of producing elite central defenders.
The 21-year-old showed off his class on multiple occasions while still being strong and dominant against Jay Rodriguez, which is why there is so much attention in him.
High praise was therefore always anticipated, with Connor O’Neill of the Liverpool ECHO leading the way in his post-match evaluations.
He would go on to write, giving the former Carlisle United colossus an 8/10, saying, “Another Rolls Royce performance from the center-back.” His incredible block in the first half prevented Burnley from tying the score, and while in control, he plays like a midfielder.
How did Jarrad Branthwaite play vs Burnley?
Following an impressive triumph on the road against West Ham United, there was a subdued assurance surrounding the match Friday night.
Few, though, would have predicted such domination, which was mostly built on the excellent defensive foundation that the £35k-per-week colossus provided.
His durability was highlighted by his four clearances, two tackles, and one interception. However, Sofascore notes that he has won five of his seven duels, indicating an efficiency in the tackle as well.
Using his great size, he marshalled his opponent with ease, playing as though he had been at the top of the game for years.
Branthwaite has enormous potential, as evidenced by his maturity wrapped in an outstanding youngster’s body. With James Tarkowski at his side, Everton’s backline appears to be well-positioned for the near future.