Transfer Talk: Rovers close in on Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite

Jarrad Branthwaite of Everton. IMAGE CREDIT: Getty Images

Blackburn Rovers are knocking on the play off door sitting 11th in the Championship. However, they have struggled defensively and bringing in a CB is their top priority this transfer window. Everton’s young defender Jarrad Branthwaite has been linked with a move to Ewood park to here is a lowdown on the former Carlisle man.

A 4-3-3 formation has been used by manager Tony Mowbray at Rovers this season with Derick Williams, Daniel Ayala and Darragh Lenihan being rotated in the CB roles.

This trio have conceded a total of 27 goals this season which is one of the worst records in the league.

Bringing in a centre back is a must if Rovers are to get back to their defensive best.

Jarrad Branthwaite is young and also has Premier League experience making a total of five appearances for Everton since his move to Goodison from League Two club Carlisle.

The 18 year-old who has a market value of £1.5m is likely to join the Lancashire club on loan after Toffee’s manager Carlo Ancelotti gave the go ahead for the youngster to go out on loan.

Slotting in at both centre half positions will be key to Branthwaite’s success at Ewood Park and will add further depth to Mowbray’s already large squad.

His experience in the Premier League is something that Rovers will relish with Bradley Johnson, Stewart Downing, Elliot Bennet all applying their trade in the top flight.

Having a core group of players that have this experience will help develop Branthwaite for the future whether that be at Everton or elsewhere.