According to BBC Cumbria, Carlisle United’s Jarrad Branthwaite was watched by four clubs on Saturday afternoon. Newcastle reportedly have the right of first refusal on the center-back as part of Elias Sorensen’s loan deal. However, we were not one of the clubs watching the youngster in this game.
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Branthwaite played the entire game in Carlisle’s 1-1 draw at Morecambe. It was the 17-year-old’s seventh straight start in League Two.
With a price tag of around just £1m per reports, we expect there to be a lot of interest in the Carlisle-born defender. He appears to have a bright future ahead of him.
He just turned 17 this past summer and has already become a first choice center-back for Carlisle. With Newcastle also looking to strengthen the Academy, Branthwaite seems like a perfect target.
At 6’4″ he has the size to become a commanding Premier League center back. He’s also already scored his first goal for Carlisle in an EFL Trophy match also at Morecambe early last month.
Here are some highlights from the game in November, where he became Carlisle’s youngest ever goal scorer. Branthwaite’s goal starts at the 50-second mark of the video. While the Morecambe keeper should have done better, the goal shows how comfortable the big man is on the ball.
There is also a decent effort from Elias Sorensen at the 17-second mark of the video.
If the right of first refusal claim is accurate, then Newcastle did a fantastic job of getting that clause put into Sorensen’s loan deal. It may actually end up being the only positive aspect of his move to Carlisle.