February 25, 2024

When it comes to using their financial resources wisely in the transfer market, Everton has had difficulty, and a major contributing factor to their downfall has been their tendency to overpay for underperforming players.

Even though the Toffees have made too many financial mistakes to list—from Morgan Schneiderlin to Jean-Philippe Gbamin—they have succeeded elsewhere thanks to their excellent hiring of players from lower down the football league.

The most notable instance of this being realized was the £3 million signing of John Stones from Barnsley in 2013. Since being signed by Pep Guardiola for £47.5 million in 2016, the Englishman has established himself as one of the world’s top ball-playing defenders.

Though Stones is the most well-known, Everton has also acquired players from lesser echelons of the game; in 2016, Dominic Calvert-Lewin was acquired from Sheffield United for an alleged £1.5 million.

This kind of talent discovery is more important than ever until the 777 Partner takeover is finished because the Toffees are being compelled to manage their spending out of concern for potential FFP sanctions.

Nevertheless, Jarrad Branthwaite is threatening to become the newest big-money Merseyside acquisition after an incredible start to the season, and the Goodison Park supporters are currently crafting their next success tale in that regard.

 

Even before he made his club debut, Steven Pressley, who handed him his debut, said of him, “He had so many quality attributes to become a top player,” therefore such success was expected. I called the Director of Football after that one game to get him committed to a longer-term deal, which we completed in two or three days.

He trained with the first team every day after that. I predicted that he would play for England in the future. I felt his performances had been so excellent that I never once considered leaving him out again after giving him his debut.

To be honest, I believe he has it all. He is practically as adept at passing the ball with both feet. He’s a fantastic football player. And he has the potential to play for England if he keeps improving.

Jarrad Branthwaite’s value at the start of this season

 

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Branthwaite was given little opportunity to make an impression in the starting lineup after joining Goodison Park in 2020. He only made ten Premier League games, with a loan stint at Blackburn Rovers in between.

Even though the 18-year-old made ten appearances for the Lancashire team during the 2020–21 season, his loan stint at PSV Eindhoven last season is mostly responsible for the notable uptick in his development.

This was the youngster’s first show of faith in senior football and he didn’t disappoint, making 27 appearances in the Eredivisie while displaying his physical and technical attributes.

According to FBref, he ranked in the top 13% against his positional peers in the Dutch top flight for aerials won, top 18% for interceptions and top 19% for pass completion per 90.

 

Jarrad Branthwaite’s stats per 90 at PSV Figure
Interceptions 1.63
Aerials won 2.80
Clearances 4.34
Tackles 1.04
Pass completion 86.9%
Progressive passes 3.61
Passes into final third 3.57
All stats sourced via FBref

aving showcased the key facets of his game, it was the above statistics that provided ample reason as to why PSV were so keen to tie him down permanently, with such performances drafting him straight into Sean Dyche’s plans at the start of this campaign.

Subsequently, Branthwaite’s expected transfer value rose to €3.9m (£3.3m) in July this year but in the months that have followed, the 21-year-old has gone from strength to strength and has since blown that value out of the water.

Jarrad Branthwaite’s current transfer value

With several top clubs, including Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester City sniffing around for the talented centre-back, that is a sign, if anything, that his value has soared since the start of this campaign.

A young English, left-sided defender is always a sought-after commodity in the transfer market and Branthwaite has become the latest revelation that has got several salivating over the ceiling of his potential.

Therefore, his sharp rise to stardom has been reflected by the valuation given to him by the CIES Football Observatory, suggesting the England international is worth £26m (€30m).

While that marks an astronomical 2500% increase from the initial £1m shelled out for him, the £35k per-week titan’s vast importance, natural ability and favourable youth mean that his valuation perhaps could prove far higher than this – closer to the fee they received for Stones.

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