May 18, 2024

Report;   Everton  to lose  their star playEverton’s 18-month period under Carlo Ancelotti’s leadership now seems like a fantasy, having since regressed from European chasers to relegation battlers.

Under the legendary Italian, it genuinely felt like Farhad Moshiri had actually got it right at last, despite their eventual tenth-placed finish after his first full season in charge.er in 2024.

After all, they once sat 2nd in the Premier League on Boxing Day of 2020, with that kind of lofty ambition now a distant memory.

Despite the manner of his exit, which few could admittedly have any qualms with given the success earned since returning to Real Madrid, he remains a well-liked figure on Merseyside, who gave fans their first taste of truly exceptional form in years.

However, should the latest reports prove to be true, that credit is set to be swiftly expunged

After all, The Daily Mail are suggesting that Los Blancos have their eye on Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite as they seek to revolutionise their backline with the young Englishman.

Despite signing a new long-term £35k-per-week deal back in October, the allure of the Santiago Bernabeu could prove too much for the 21-year-old to deny.

 

Delving into his statistics in the Premier League this season only emphasises that point further.

Branthwaite has made 17 appearances already this campaign, and is earning the bulk of his praise for the importance his partnership with James Tarkowski already has over the team.

After all, the towering titan is averaging 1.8 interceptions, two tackles, 4.6 clearances and 6.8 ball recoveries per game, detailing phenomenal statistics for someone so young, via Sofascore.

It is no wonder that Ancelotti saw the potential in him back when he was in the Goodison Park dugout, and by bringing him to Spain he could once again take his career to the next level.

Real Madrid is the pinnacle of world football, and a move there would be impossible to deny. The only hope is that his exit, should the report prove to be true, will leave

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