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Everton gem Jarrad Branthwaite suffers during loss, gets 5/10 for ‘unforgivable’ display

Everton youngster Jarrad Branthwaite joined Blackburn Rovers during January and has been enjoying regular first-team football.

Last night, however, he endured a torrid time in a 3-2 defeat to high-flying Watford at Ewood Park.

The 18-year-old was at fault for Watford’s first goal as Rovers slipped to a fifth straight defeat at the hands of a good Hornets team.

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti will be delighted to see him playing regularly but he will have been pulling his hair out at his defending last night.

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The central defender signed for the Toffees for £750,000 from Carlisle United in January 2020 and has made five Everton appearances.

Branthwaite has a lot to learn if he is to become a first-team regular at Goodison Park – but time is on his side.

After last night’s game, he was handed a 5/10 rating by Lancashire Live for his performance.

The player ratings piece claimed: “Started the contest assertively but his decision to stop playing in the process leading to the first goal was unforgivable. Then it deteriorated from there.”

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Tony Mowbray has used the Premier League loan market well and Branthwaite was one of many eye-catching additions.

Branthwaite’s spell so far hasn’t quite gone according to plan but there have been some flashes of his quality.

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At 18 he still has a lot to learn and on current form, it’s easy to see why Ancelotti felt that a loan was the best practice.

The uncompromising defender is still learning his trade and with that in mind, there’s no real need for Everton to panic just yet.

As a teenager, he still has time on his side and the challenge for Branthwaite is to learn from his mistakes and use them to make him a better player.

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