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Sheffield Wednesday is among the teams pursuing a loan move for Jarrad Branthwaite this month, according to reports …
Which is the word?
The Owls are said to be one of several championship teams preparing a time spell for Everton’s promising central defender, according to the ECHO.
The 18-year-old is believed to be open to the idea of a short stint away from his parent club to gain valuable first-team minutes under his belt after a frustrating campaign.
The league’s rivals Blackburn Rovers are the only other team mentioned in the report.
Shadows of Michael Hector
With the Toffees teenager in the pecking order, trailing behind players like Michael Keane, Yerry Mina, Mason Holgate and Ben Godfrey, a move to Hillsborough Stadium would certainly pay off.
In recent weeks, Wednesdays have suffered injuries to his bottom line, notably Chey Dunkley and Julian Borner, while last season’s Player of the Year Dominic Iorfa has been ruled throughout the season.
The Owls have even lost central defender Aden Flint on loan. back to the Cardiff City parent club so additions are needed at the back.
Since his debut last season, Branthwaite has been restricted to a total of only five Senior appearances and it requires playing time, and we know very well how loans like this can turn out on Wednesday, as Michael Hector was a huge hit in South Yorkshire just two seasons ago.
And the two have some similarities: They are both at least 6 feet 4 inches tall and have pacing attributes despite their commanding presence.
In fact, Branthwaite has been dubbed one of the fastest players at Goodison Park (Sky Sports, via the News & Star) while Hector was praised for his speed on the official Premier League website after transforming Fulham’s rear.
The former teenager manager at Carlisle has waxed lyrical on his potential, stating: “The truth is that I think he has it all. You can pass the ball almost equally well with both feet. He is a wonderful footballer ”.
Dejphon Chansiri must launch for Branthwaite before one of his rivals catches up with him this month.
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