‘Really helped’: Jarrad Branthwaite says loan move allowed him to develop

Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite has said that his loan spell at PSV Eindhoven last season has aided in his development as a player.

The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at the Dutch giants and has returned with invaluable experience in a top European league under his belt.

Indeed, the Cumbrian centre-back has been one of the few bright sparks for the Blues in the early part of this season having established himself as a first-choice defender alongside James Tarkowski.

With standout performances in Sean Dyche’s side becoming a weekly occurrence, the young defender says his loan spell in the Eredivisie ‘really helped’ in his development.

Speaking with Sky Sports, Branthwaite said: “It was the best thing I could’ve done. It was the best move I’ve made, when you’re young you’ve just got to play games, at any level.

Going over there was a big platform, a big stage, playing in Europe and things – and getting that solid game time continuously really helped me.”

The England U-21 star further stated that he is setting himself targets to reach the ‘next level‘, and praised the influence of Everton boss Sean Dyche.

“There’s lots of room to improve to get to the next level, which I’m working on, but that’ll come with a run of games and playing the same way that I am.

It’s nice having a coach who knows your position, knows tips he can give you, but not only me but the team.”

Branthwaite is evidencing his development with his weekly performances

Despite an horrendous start to the season for the Toffees, Jarrad Branthwaite’s performances speak for themselves, though the positivity surrounding the young defender can be backed up statistically.

The 21-year-old has retrieved possession in the defensive third more than any other Everton player, and has contributed the most forward passes for the Blues so far this season.

There’s precious little to be optimistic about at Goodison Park at the minute, but Branthwaite’s development is one reason to be excited.

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