The Mirror is reporting today that Rafa Benitez is keen on signing Everton’s top 20 year-old defender Brendan Galloway, who can play at center-back or left-back.
The report is that Newcastle want him on loan for the season, but we’d be surprised if that’s true because Rafa would have trouble guaranteeing him much playing time.
Newcastle will have Paul Dummett, Ciaran Clark. Jesus Gamez, Vurnon Anita and Massadio Haidara – who are all capable of playing at left-back this season.
Brendan Galloway – 20 year-old Everton defender
It would seem to make more sense if Rafa wanted to take him permanently to Newcastle and Rafa is waiting for Koeman to make a decision.
Galloway looked good after making his debut in a 2-1 away win against West Ham in May 2015 and played 19 times for the Everton first team last season.
Galloway got his chance when Leighton Baines and Bryan Oviedo were both injured, but now with both players fit his opportunities this season at Everton seem limited.
Maybe the new Everton owners are going for a top team quickly and want to bring in finished players for big money – so maybe that means they will not concentrate too much on youth development?
Brendan Galloway was born in Harare, Zimbabwe on 17 March 1996 and he moved to England with his family when he was just six years old in 2002.
He started his career playing for Milton Keynes Dons by joining the club’s U-11 side.
He became the youngest first-team player ever in Milton Keynes Dons’ history at 15 years of age after making his debut as a sub in the 6–0 victory at home to Nantwich Town in the FA Cup first round in November 2011.
Brendan made his league debut when starting for MK Dons in a 2–1 victory at Rochdale in April 2012 and he was signed in August 2014 by Everton on a five-year contract.
He played 17 times with one goal for MK Dons and has played 21 times for Everton and is one of the top young defenders in the country.
He has played for the England U-17, U-18 and U-19 sides.