Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite could be like a new signing for the Blues this season.

The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven and excelled during his spell in the Netherlands, picking up the KNVB Cup.

Indeed, the Toffees have a number of players returning from loan deals this summer, with Andre Gomes amongst them after his season-long-spell at French outfit Lille.

The Portuguese international also had a successful time away from Goodison Park and was an integral cog in Lille’s midfield as Paulo Fonseca’s side came fifth in Ligue 1.

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Everton may well have been buoyed by Gomes’ performances in France after a tough couple of years on Merseyside, and there may have been hopes that the former Barcelona star could rediscover his best form.

However, the 29-year-old was labelled as ‘sloppy’ and ‘off the pace’ by the Liverpool Echo after Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Bolton Wanderers, earning a measly score of 5/10 for his display.

Branthwaite could have his chance to break into Sean Dyche’s Everton XI

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Jarrad Branthwaite returns to Goodison Park on the back of a successful campaign in Eindhoven, followed by international success with England’s Young Lions, who were victorious in the U-21 European Championships.

A prodigious talent, Branthwaite’s development over the past 12 months could see him force his way into Sean Dyche’s plans, and the young defender could be like a new signing for Everton.

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Speaking with the official Everton website, the defender outlined his ambitions for the season, stating: “I spoke to the manager briefly before the season finished.

For me, I know I need to come in, have a strong pre-season and secure a place for next season. I have got the experience I need to come back and get into the team.”

Indeed, the young defender could turn into a real star at Goodison Park this season.

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