'World of good' - Exclusive: Campbell hails loan move for Everton's Branthwaite
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Kevin Campbell believes Everton youngster Jarrad Branthwaite’s loan move to Blackburn Rovers will do him the world of good.
The 18-year-old defender joined Rovers earlier in January and made his debut just days after moving to Ewood Park, playing 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Stoke.
Campbell has claimed that this was the right move by the Blues as Branthwaite has the opportunity to play in a good side with a good manager.
Speaking to Goodison News, Campbell said, “It’s a good loan move.
“It gets him playing first-team football regularly and that’ll only do the young man well. It’ll do him the world of good to have him playing week in week out.
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“They’re [Blackburn] a decent side and they’ve got a good manager there in Tony Mowbray who’ll help him.”
Everton have decent defensive options at centre back at the moment with Michael Keane, Yerry Mina and Ben Godfrey occupying the three spots when Carlo Ancelotti elects to play three or five at the back.
It was unlikely that Branthwaite would be given a proper run in the Toffees first team this season so the decision to send him out on loan to further his development looks to be the right move.
Especially as he is only 18-years-old and playing in the Championship, it is a good standard of football for him to experience before returning to Goodison.
Branthwaite impressed on his first Championship outing as well as, according to Wyscout, he made 10 interceptions and won 100% of his attempted slide tackles during that draw with Stoke.
Not a bad start for the youngster.
We can only hope that he is given more chances in the Blackburn side and he uses those opportunities to impress as another potential future Blues star continues to develop.
In other Everton news, Michael Owen has predicted the result of our FA Cup clash against Sheffield Wednesday.