Reports suggest that Jarrad Branthwaite may still have a future at Everton, as Sean Dyche’s position on the young center-back has been revealed, writes the Goodison.News.
The Guardian states that the 20-year-old will have an opportunity to impress and earn his way back into the manager’s plans during the European Under-21 Championship in Georgia and Romania.
Branthwaite had a successful loan spell at PSV Eindhoven last season, and in a recent interview with Voetbal Primeur on June 7th, he expressed his openness to a permanent departure from Everton this summer. The Daily Mail has reported that Everton would consider a deal worth £20 million for the player.
Given the financial constraints at Goodison Park, it would be wise for Everton to maximize the potential of their current squad. Branthwaite has demonstrated his abilities in the Premier League while playing for a club with ambitious goals, making him a viable option for Everton.
With the departures of Yerry Mina and Conor Coady, Everton is already short on defensive options, and it seems that Dyche has recognized the need for additional trust-worthy center-backs to partner with James Tarkowski. If Everton fails to secure a quality signing in that position, it is likely that Dyche will rely on Branthwaite and closely monitor his performance in the European tournament.
There is also a possibility that either Ben Godfrey or Michael Keane could leave, further increasing Branthwaite’s chances of staying at Everton. However, Everton is seeking a substantial transfer fee for Branthwaite, which might prove challenging for interested clubs to meet.