An update has emerged on Sunderland and their interest in signing Jarrad Branthwaite in the summer transfer window…
According to the Daily Mail, sporting director Kristjaan Speakman is plotting a swoop for the Everton defender as the Black Cats are among the teams eyeing him up.
The report claims that the Toffees want to send him out on loan for the 2021/22 campaign to gain experience playing regular first-team football.
The likes of Middlesbrough, Schalke, PSV, Sheffield United and Huddersfield are the other clubs looking into a deal for the 6 foot 5 titan.
By signing Branthwaite on loan next season, Sunderland can form a solid partnership at the back with him and former Stoke man Danny Batth.
The 19-year-old has already racked up 10 Premier League appearances for the Toffees and this shows that they have faith in his ability despite his age. They seemingly believe that he has the potential to be a regular in the top-flight in the future, as they are giving him exposure to the division in the early stages of his career.
“He showed character and he’s a player who has potential. Always with the young players, you have to be careful but you have to give them a chance if it is possible.”
These statistics suggest that he has the potential to be an excellent performer in the second tier if he can get a run of games under his belt, given that he won the ball back on a consistent basis and won the majority of his individual battles for Blackburn.
The experienced defender can, therefore, be the perfect partner for Branthwaite as he is a proven performer in the second tier who can be a calming influence next to the youngster. This will allow the Everton teen to flourish at the Stadium of Light as he gains more experience and learns from Batth.