Jarrad Branthwaite

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Teenage defender Jarrad Branthwaite enjoyed a hugely promising maiden season at Everton having joined the Blues from boyhood club Carlisle United in January 2020.

Branthwaite originally linked up with the Toffees' Under-23 side but soon started training with Carlo Ancelotti's first team.

He made his senior Everton debut as a second-half substitute against Wolverhampton Wanderers in July 2020, Branthwaite's first start coming eight days later at Sheffield United where the centre-back was magnificent in a 1-0 win.

The 18-year-old featured in Everton's final four matches of 2019/20 - starting two - and his composed, authoritative defending consistently impressed.

His mature displays earned glowing praise from manager Ancelotti, with the Italian saluting the youngster's "personality and quality".

The Cumbrian, just 17 when he joined Everton, had played 14 first-team matches for Carlisle before moving to Goodison Park.

Having signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at Everton, Branthwaite penned a one-year extension to that contract in summer 2020.

And to get more First-Team experience, the young talent joined Blackburn Rovers in January 2021 for the rest of the season.

Contracted until: June 2023