View: Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite move to PSV Eindhoven will do wonders for his development
Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite has joined PSV Eindhoven on a season-long loan deal and it is the perfect move for his future development.
The defender has followed a swathe of young English talent that has decided to move to Europe in recent years and previous success stories should give the defender plenty of optimism as he heads to the Dutch side.
Branthwaite should look no further than former Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori who has enjoyed a stellar campaign for AC Milan in the Serie A after making the switch from Stamford Bridge.
The 24-year-old featured 40 times for the Italian giants in the 2021/22 season having only played 17 Premier League games at Chelsea after coming through the academy at the London club.
Tomori was statistically one of the best centre-backs in Serie A last season ranking in the top twelve for defensive duels (as per Wyscout), top 30 for interceptions and in the top ten for shots blocked over the course of the season.
There is every chance the Everton youngster will go on to be a success with the Dutch side.
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Experiencing a less physical and more technical style of football can often be beneficial for young players such as Branthwaite.
Whilst on loan at PSV the young defender will be asked to dictate play a lot more than when he featured at Goodison Park.
European clubs look to play out from the back and want their centre-backs to be comfortable in starting attacks from the defence.
Furthermore, Branthwaite is moving to a team that finished second in the Eredivisie in the 2021/22 season, only two points behind Ajax.
The experience of playing for a successful side will be very different to featuring for Everton in their torrid campaign last season.
This is a brilliant move for Branthwaite and Everton and it would not be a shock to see the 20-year-old be a real success at Goodison Park.
In other Everton news, winger Anthony Gordon is considered to be worth £50million.