Date: 21st July 2020 at 8:40am
Written by: Sam Kelly

Everton fans were left in awe at one player on Monday night as they defeated European hopefuls Sheffield United.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side have nothing to play for, but that didn’t matter as Richarlison headed home Gylfi Sigurdsson’s cross just one minute after half-time and they held firm to bring all three points back to Merseyside.

The Italian had a big call to make defensively with Mason Holgate and Yerry Mina out injured, he went with Jarrad Branthwaite for his full senior debut and boy did it pay off.

Should Branthwaite start next season?

Yes, 100% with Holgate

Yes, 100% with Holgate

No, buy a CB!

No, buy a CB!

Per SofaScore, the 6 foot 5 colossus recorded four clearances, two tackles and one block whilst he also won five duels and completed a total of 44 passes.

It’s led to high praise indeed from the Goodison Park faithful, who were watching from home. He was labelled a “Rolls-Royce” defender and also likened to Paolo Maldini.

Branthwaite is just 18 and he looked ever so comfortable out there at Bramall Lane. There was even praise for Marcel Brands for finding the centre-back with one supporter claiming that his emergence has saved them over £40m in the transfer market.

Here’s the rest of the reaction…

 

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