Everton are reportedly looking to terminate Jarrad Branthwaite’s loan deal at PSV Eindhoven.
The Lowdown: Branthwaite’s move to PSV
In July, the Toffees defender joined the Dutch club on a season-long loan deal.
Since then, the Englishman has made 11 senior appearances for PSV in all competitions, but has only started four games.
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But despite only having a few months left in his season-long loan spell, it looks like the defender could soon see his time in the Netherlands come to an end.
The latest: Everton to terminate Branthwaite’s loan
According to a recent report from Football Insider, Everton have spoken to PSV about terminating Branthwaite’s loan deal in January after having discussions behind the scenes.
The report adds that no decision has yet been made and there is still a chance Branthwaite will stay at PSV for the rest of the season as the Dutch club have increasingly adapted to the centre-back after some early struggles
The verdict: An extra option for Lampard
Despite his lack of regular game time in the Eredivisie, the 20-year-old has still been able to show what he is capable of on the pitch.
For example, as well as having the highest pass accuracy rate (89.6%) at the club, Branthwaite has also amassed the third highest number of clearances (24) at PSV.
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As for a potential early return to Everton, the fact that Frank Lampard already has the likes of Conor Coady, James Tarkowski, Ben Godfrey, Michael Keane, Yerry Mina and Mason Holgate at his disposal makes it hard to see why he would want Branthwaite . back in the mix, even if Mina leaves the club.
In our view, if the defender is likely to spend more time on the pitch at PSV, Everton should keep him where he is and let him continue his development.
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