May 21, 2024

Everton’s season thus far has been one of immense progression, with a fanbase that has been downtrodden for years now finally being treated to some top-quality football that is slowly bringing them back to where they belong.

However, with the ten-point deduction, it is easy to forget just how precarious their league position remains.

Despite establishing a fine gap regardless of last month’s punishment, results certainly went against the Toffees yesterday as Burnley and Luton Town both grabbed unlikely wins.

That therefore made their loss to Tottenham Hotspur especially frustrating, with VAR once again the talking point as it reared its ugly head to disallow a fine second-half goal for Everton.

It is one which has provoked widespread debate, with Jarrad Branthwaite the latest to weigh in on what he felt was a major injustice.

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As quoted by the Liverpool ECHO, Sean Dyche’s shining light would claim: ‘It was never a foul in my eyes. They put it on the big screen, and I think everyone sees. Once [the referee] goes over to the monitor, he’s going to give it.

‘It’s never a foul and it just kills the game. It should be a clear goal for me. He hasn’t won the ball, but he hasn’t touched the man, and he just falls over. It’s one of those things and we can’t do anything about it now.’

How did Jarrad Branthwaite play for Everton vs Spurs?

Unsurprisingly, it was another colossal showing for the 21-year-old, who continues to add to his immense reputation and ever-growing price tag.

However, and whilst Branthwaite has been supremely competent with his feet already this term, yesterday marked a particularly outstanding passing display, as he sprayed the ball around the pitch with his pinpoint left foot.

His 80% pass accuracy actually marked a slight improvement on the 78% he is averaging in the Premier League, with three of the four long balls he attempted finding their mark too, via Sofascore.

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Not just a creative presence though, the centre-back would also complete his defensive duties with incredible diligence, managing one clearance, one block, one interception and winning four of the five duels he competed in.

Given how he has quietly gone about his business this season with aplomb, to see him speak out about the officials feels particularly poignant.

However, to see his side unfairly punished, in a decision that proved pivotal in the full-time result, does deserve some backlash.

He will hope to put aside those frustrations in time for Wednesday though, hoping to shut out Manchester City at Goodison Park.

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