Sean Dyche is very excited to see what Jarrad Branthwaite has to offer Everton during pre-season.
Speaking to evertontv, the Toffees boss praised the defender following his Euro U-21 victory in Germany and admitted he was looking forward to his return.
Branthwaite enjoyed an exceptional loan spell with PSV last season, making 36 appearances in all competitions as the Dutch side lifted the KNVB Cup and came second in the Eredivisie.
The centre-back’s future at Goodison Park was in doubt as PSV looked to snap him up permanently, however he now looks set to be given a chance to impress in the first team.
Ahead of Branthwaite‘s return to Merseyside, Dyche said: “Jarrad had a very good season away from us and we’re looking forward to seeing him at close quarters.”
The 21-year-old is currently on a break following the Euro U-21 victory last week, meaning he isn’t available for the Toffees’ current pre-season training camp in the Alps.
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However, Branthwaite is still likely to feature heavily during pre-season as they prepare for their Premier League opener against Fulham next month.
Jarrad Branthwaite could be like a new signing for Everton
While it was Everton’s attack that posed more of a concern last season, Sean Dyche will be desperate to bolster his defence this summer.
The likes of Ben Godfrey and Michael Keane have been very underwhelming, while Yerry Mina’s contract has expired and Mason Holgate looks likely to leave Merseyside after eight years.
The Toffees have very limited funds to bolster their backline, making Jarrad Branthwaite’s return even more exciting.
The youngster was brilliant in Holland last season and could make a huge difference if he can replicate his form in the English top flight.
Dyche will be hopeful that he can quickly return from his break and avoid any injuries or fitness issues ahead of the new campaign.