By Peter Lynch

2nd Jun, 2023 | 10:10am

Jarrad Branthwaite can save Everton millions this summer after Sean Dyche decision

Everton are in for a major reshuffle this summer in various areas, importantly both on and off the pitch, with the Merseyside outfit only just managing to secure their top flight safety on the final day.

On the pitch, manager Sean Dyche has a huge job on his hands in trying to prepare the club for a new campaign, one where they will be doing their utmost to avoid a third successive relegation battle.

Dyche will undoubtedly look for new faces in order to bring some much-needed competition for places at Goodison Park, with many of the current squad seemingly not up for the task of wearing the famous Everton badge.

And the manager has already made one major decision in the area of transfers, opting against the permanent signature of defender Conor Coady.

On loan from Wolves for the season, the centre-back has returned to his parent club after Everton said no to his £4.5million option to buy, as confirmed by the Toffees on Thursday (1 June).

It may have represented an easy way out in the eyes of some supporters, but the Toffees could do a lot worse with someone as experienced as Coady, particularly for just £4.5million.

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However, perhaps the club have a plan already in place for their central defence next season, with another loanee in Jarrad Branthwaite set to return to Goodison following his temporary spell at PSV Eindhoven.

He definitely doesn’t boast as much experience as the outgoing Coady, but the youngster has undoubtedly developed over the last year.

Leaving Goodison a boy last summer, the 20-year-old will return a man having made 36 senior appearances and lifting the KNVB Cup with the Dutch giants.

The Toffees would, of course, save millions if they were to utilise Branthwaite in the starting XI next season, with the club not needing to delve into the transfer market for another centre-back.