Everton centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite has named a few teammates who are improving the dressing room atmosphere at Goodison Park.
With Everton having struggled so far this season, it wouldn’t be a surprise to hear that the mood in Sean Dyche’s squad is low at present.
However, according to Jarrad Branthwaite, some of the younger members of the group are lifting the mood amongst the Toffees’ first team squad.
Branthwaite looks set for a breakout campaign with the Merseyside club. The England under-21 international excelled whilst on loan with PSV Eindhoven last season, and has now broken into the Everton starting XI. He will expect to be included in the starting line up to take on Arsenal this afternoon.
Everton are desperate for a win, having only managed to secure a single point in the Premier League so far this season. Whilst they will be underdogs against the Gunners, they will be hoping that home advantage can play into their hands.
Branthwaite bringing “positive vibes” to Everton
In the meantime, on the training pitch, Branthwaite and some of his young teammates are working hard to ensure that team spirit remains high.
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As quoted by the Liverpool Echo, the 21-year-old defender said, “a few of us in the team bring young energy and a positive vibe to the club. You look at me, Amadou [Onana], James [Garner], Patto [Nathan Patterson], young players coming through bringing that energy and that can only help everyone in the squad.”
Dyche will recognise the importance of maintaining a positive, optimistic mood in the camp throughout what is set to be a gruelling season. He will appreciate the efforts of Branthwaite, Amadou Onana, James Garner, and Nathan Patterson in this regard.
He will also be looking to more experienced members of the group to protect the team spirit as well. The likes of Seamus Coleman, Ashley Young, and Idrissa Gueye, amongst others, will be expected to help guide the team through difficult periods.
If Everton are to avoid relegation this season, then having the right blend of youthful exuberance and calming experience will be vital.