By Joe Ellis

17th Apr, 2022 | 12:55pm

Everton must make Jarrad Branthwaite a big deal amid transfer rumours

At this moment in their season, Everton need a fresh face to come into the side and be completely confident in everything he does on the pitch.

They can’t go out and buy one at this time but they should be promoting from within to help keep the relegation zone at arm’s length with just eight games to go.

In defence then, how Jarrad Branthwaite hasn’t played more often is simply startling and now the teenager is garnering interest from elsewhere as he struggles to burst into the Toffees side.

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United are interested in making the 19-year-old one of their earliest summer signings under whoever comes in to take charge of the Red Devils for next season.

Branthwaite, who was signed for Everton by Carlo Ancelotti for £1million in 2019, has only played five games this season though despite looking the part every time he’s been given a chance.

He even scored a crucial equaliser away at Chelsea to earn what was Rafael Benitez’s side (at the time) a point, the last point they picked up on the road.

There is very clearly a great player within him if United are poking their nose in so why the six-foot five-inch mammoth hasn’t played more often is strange.

There has to be something that either he or Frank Lampard is doing in training that has prevented him from playing in the new regime when you consider just how bad the Toffees have defended all year.

You wouldn’t blame Branthwaite for leaving for a fresh start elsewhere right now if he isn’t going to get the game time he is due at Goodison Park.

The chances are, he won’t immediately start at Old Trafford either but that is far more understandable given the gulf in quality between the two sides.

In other Everton news, more competition could be incoming for Branthwaite as the club scout this £19million-rated defender playing in Turkey.

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