Everton are seemingly in a constant battle to retain their elite assets, and have been almost entirely throughout the Premier League era.
It has hardly been a profitable period for the Toffees, who boast just a sole major honour since that 1992 inception.
As such, the top-level stars that have graced Goodison Park have been left frustrated at the lack of ambition and ability to challenge for those elite honours, very often leaving for pastures new.
Wayne Rooney did it to good effect, as did John Stones, but the grass is not always greener for some.
Ross Barkley’s 2018 move to Chelsea should represent a cautionary tale to anyone plotting a Merseyside departure in the near future.
That will be the example that many throw at Jarrad Branthwaite in particular, as they seek to convince the England U21 international to stay a while longer.
Will Jarrad Branthwaite leave Everton?
However, should any team match the reported £100m price tag slapped on his head, it would be hard for the cash-strapped Toffees to say no.
MORE EVERTON STORIES
But, whilst that is yet to come to fruition, they must instead seek to keep the 21-year-old focused on the task at hand and now allow his mind to wander.
That could be hard given the plethora of attention he keeps commanding, with Tottenham Hotspur reportedly still in the race despite signing a centre-back earlier in the window.
Such a suggestion is outlined by The Daily Mail, who claim: ‘Tottenham were thought to have dropped interest after signing Dragusin this month but they remain in the hunt as they prepare to build their squad further in the summer. Branthwaite’s homegrown status is another attraction for Premier League sides.’
However, the north London outfit could see competition from Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid for the centre-back, who too have been credited with an interest.
How good is Jarrad Branthwaite?
It is seemingly impossible to quantify just how important Branthwaite has become for Sean Dyche, but that aforementioned report outlining his price have seemingly done so.
After all, they wrote: ‘One recruitment insider told i Branthwaite is a “Rolls Royce defender who has everything” and believes he will be an England regular for years to come.’
High praise indeed.
Well, the statistics certainly back up those claims, as a defensive titan who is more than capable in possessions
In the Premier League, the former Carlisle United man is maintaining a 79% pass accuracy, yet blends that with 1.8 interceptions, 2.1 tackles, 4.7 clearances and 6.4 ball recoveries per game, via Sofascore.
Alongside James Tarkowski, Everton have a ridiculously solid foundation on which their current success is built.
Keeping him around for the foreseeable future will be integral in ensuring they remain solid for years to come.