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Report – Newcastle Target Brilliant England U21 Defender For January

There’s an exclusive being reported today by Football Insider that Newcastle United are interested in signing Eveton’s 21-year-old center-back  Jarrad Branthwaite, who has been capped 4 times by the England U21 side.

The Carlisle-born youngster, who stands 6ft 5ins tall (it must be those hamburgers) has been in fine form for the Toffees this season and looks an excellent defender in the making.

The player started his career at his hometown club Carlisle United (14 games, one goal) before moving to Everton in 2022 and since then has played 25 times for the Toffees with one goal.

He did get playing time on loan at Blackburn (10 games) and PSV last season (36 games – 4 goals)) so he has played 86 games with 7 goals in total.

His contract runs through June 2027, so it will be interesting to see how much Everton want for him in January – if indeed they are willing to sell him at all – but money talks.

Football Insider are reporting that Eddie Howe is a big fan of the center-back.

It looks like the season on loan at PSV last season, where he was a regular starter, did the lad a lot of good.

He has quickly cemented his place in Everton’s starting lineup and has looked solid in the games we have watched.

Football Insider reports that we have been looking for a long-term successor to Fabian Schar, but Branthwaite is left-footed?

However the 21-year-old does have pace, and that’s something that’s missing in our central defense at the moment.

The Football Insiders report that “Howe is eager to do the deal in January, but such an agreement will only be possible if the structure of the transfer is right.”

This is the exact type of young player we should be going after – someone who has shown definite early promise.

And Eddie Howe and his coaching team can make him into a powerful England International defender at Newcastle in a year or two.

Certainly, his physical stature is there, and he’s shown he’s a tough defender at the Toffees.

He would fit right into Newcastle’s defense.

And even Alan Shearer thinks he’s a great prospect, as he had this to say recently on the Premier League website after Everton beat West Ham 1-0 on 29th October:

“Magnificent at the back. Nothing got past him against West Ham.”

What do you think about this?

Comments welcome.

Blog Note:

I have had a number of messages from readers recently complaining about other readers putting out dubious comments. Can you please try to handle these yourselves – I just don’t have the energy or strength to do this, and Neil is no longer involved with the blog – I hope you understand – thanks for your help on this.

99 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 13, 2023 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #1


  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 13, 2023 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #2

    felt this needed a repost.


    Wish you had said it was the last comment on the previous thread! ?

    I asked mainly as I was looking for ghost stories for a get together with friends on Saturday and came across the Schooner Inn. Just wondered if anyone had stayed there and experienced anything like that.

    I did find this comment funny from a fellow Dunstonian..

    12 DAYS AGO
    It’s probably just the Gosforth rats on holiday at the seaside!’

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 13, 2023 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #3

    He did look very good for the U21s.

    As did ManCs DeLap (on loan at Hull)

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 13, 2023 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #4

    You described it as terrible, a woeful effort, in fairness you factored in the injuries after that. But it was just a poor performance not a ‘woeful effort’ how can you criticise the effort in one breath and cite the injuries and fatigue in another. Overly critical imo.

  • mctoon

    Nov 13, 2023 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #5

    Munster, it wasn’t connected to my first post.
    But you yourself like to highlight that FFP is correctly an issue, often (now) waving it in the face of others who previously stated it wasn’t.
    So why then blame the clubs squad depth and squad building process (In particular our lack of strikers) as the reason we’re unable to compete on four fronts?

    How many out and out strikers have City got?
    Man Utd?
    Aston Villa?
    Maybe you can argue a case for Liverpool?
    Possibly Arsenal if you rate Havertz there, but they didn’t buy him for the striker role.

    Not goal scoring wide men, cos we’ve got those, but actual centre forwards?

    It would be nice to have three options for sure, but even potential CL clubs less hindered by FFP seem to struggle to carry 3 of real quality.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 13, 2023 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #6


    Not to speak for munster but I think the way it’s written effort could be taken in a couple of different ways.

    You’ve taken it very reasonably as a criticism of the effort of the players. I’d have taken the word effort in a less fixed definition in the sense it was a view that the performance itself wasn’t good, not lacking in effort.

    A bit like when a player blazes a shot over from 6 yards a commentator may say “that was a terrible effort”. It’s not a criticism of the effort put in by the player but a criticism of the overall “effort on goal”.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 13, 2023 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m basing it on Munster’s past transgressions 😀

  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Nov 13, 2023 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Decent news regarding Miggy it seems. I think he is one that knows his body pretty well and is why he probably stays injury free. He knew something felt wrong and took himself off before making it worse. He walked off which is always good and hopefully gets a good break not going out over the break. Probably one though who really loves to play for his country as well.

    Regarding Hall…I still think the verdict is not in yet. He does okay but does not really excel or have an advantage over other right now like height or speed or deadly crosses etc… Between him and Targett I still think Targett is more advanced in those areas and saying that we still probably need a better backup or someone to replace Burn when the time comes. Still young but at 21 should be approaching his peak years very soon.

  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Nov 13, 2023 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #9

    I think if we can get that really creative mid who can open things up that will end up buying us more goal than a striker at this point. Definitely over the summer we should be looking as I don’t see Calum going beyond one more year at these levels. Like others have mentioned…he is a bit of a poacher. If you take away the PKs he has converted how many goals are left?

  • The Mighty Quinn

    Nov 13, 2023 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Personally I think Hall would suit 5 at the back. He is alot more attack minded than Burn and that’s one of the reasons why Eddie picks Burn over Targett. We have only 3 points from our away games so far. Is a change of formation away from home warranted.

  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 13, 2023 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #11

    At one point in the first half, Hall did a 1-2 with either Joelinton or Willock, then as there was no immediate support took the ball down the wing, cut inside and got a half decent shot away that might have been our 1st on target attempt.

    He looked composed, well balanced and effective. He’s an attacking full back, as someone said we need to adjust our tactics to accommodate that. He can’t become “part of a back 3” like BDB does because he’s not a CB. Simple as that, he’s a left sided Trippier and will become a great one, I’ve no doubt.

  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Nov 13, 2023 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #12

    That’s the thing…with our formation when Tripps goes up we do kind of go into a back three with Burn as cover…so if we do end up trying to replicate that on both sides we need the best 1-2 in the PL as if we go with a back 5 and use them as wingbacks we lose a man higher up where our press starts and is what is able to a lot of times keep our lines higher up. Definitely a fine balance either way.

  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 13, 2023 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #13

    I’m looking forward to when our back line is Tino, (Schar’s replacement), Botman and Hall.

    Probably the season after next. Going to be so good watching them perform with Bruno, Willock and Tonali in the middle and Barnes/Joelinton – Isak – Gordon up front.

    Frigging awesome! 😆

  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Nov 13, 2023 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Cbob….yep…Schars replacement will be key.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 13, 2023 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #15

    I don’t think moving to a back five is the answer, very few top teams play that way. We’d also have to sacrifice a central midfielder. I think it’s more just us as a team finding the balance to know when to push those players forward and who is responsible for dropping in at various times.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 13, 2023 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #16

    Hall is only 19, Tino is 21.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 13, 2023 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #17

    I think Bruno will be off if anyone matches that release clause.

  • DrGloom

    Nov 13, 2023 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #18

    Someone posted this on a WhatsApp group I’m in … Michael Carrick as a 13 year old Wallsend boys club prospect https://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/michael-carrick–wannabe-footballer-1995/zf8247h

  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 13, 2023 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #19

    Jail, by then Miley will be ready! 😉

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 13, 2023 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #20

    Little turncoat 😀

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 13, 2023 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #21

    Bruno who? 😀

  • Wor B

    Nov 13, 2023 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #22

    Just in case anyone hasn’t been for a while, I can confirm that the MetroCentre will still severely reduce your will to live after a couple of hours.

  • Hibbit

    Nov 13, 2023 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #23

    i know i’m putting myself in the firing line here ,but i’m not and never have been a big fan of Burno,
    i wont be sorry to see him go if that release number is right,

  • Davas

    Nov 13, 2023 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #24

    I know people sometimes miss things on articles but, just in case, please note what Ed has written at the end of the above article.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 13, 2023 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #25

    Wor B,
    I used to sit in Starbucks, buy the Daily Mail from the WH Smiths round the corner and sit for an hour and a half while she looked at clothes she had no intention of buying. The smart phone put paid to that.
    Yes, yes, the Daily Mail, how does that tie in with my loony left ideologies, I tell you how, I never read the first four pages 😀

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 13, 2023 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #26

    I did miss that, looks like we’re stuck with it and we’ll just have to ignore it best we can 🙁

  • Hibbit

    Nov 13, 2023 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #27

    note from ED

    Blog Note:

    I have had a number of messages from readers recently complaining about other readers putting out dubious comments. Can you please try to handle these yourselves – I just don’t have the energy or strength to do this, and Neil is no longer involved with the blog – I hope you understand – thanks for your help on this.

  • Hibbit

    Nov 13, 2023 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #28

    sorry Davas
    just logged on and didn’t see your post,

    my apologies

  • Davas

    Nov 13, 2023 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #29

    No worries Hibbit. 🙂

  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 13, 2023 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #30

    Hibbit, is that BDBurno.?

    Or the Brazilian Bruno? 😉

    Haha, I typed Burno and autocorrected to Bruno!!

  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 13, 2023 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #31

    Technology pah!

    Can’t live with it

    Can’t live without it.


  • lesh

    Nov 13, 2023 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #32

    Essex GB

    I must admit I’ve only been in the Schooner a couple of times and found it to be a very pleasant hostelry. I didn’t know it had history in regard to the supernatural and a quick Google opened my eyes. Maybe the reported rats, the Gosforth ones even, may have been from the twilight zone.

    I trust you find the tales your looking for and your soire goes well.

  • lesh

    Nov 13, 2023 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #33


    I trust you washed your hands after looking at the Daily Mail.

    I suppose sitting in WH Smiths beats walking up and down Northumberland Street revisiting shops we’d been in just to confirm she didn’t fancy anything!

    What joy

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 13, 2023 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #34

    I bought the Mail for years, my Nanna used to buy it despite being staunch Labour, I liked the crossword in it as well. Can’t remember the last time I bought a newspaper now.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 13, 2023 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #35

    Must be ten years at least, probably since my first smart phone.

  • A Geordie Mongrel

    Nov 13, 2023 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #36

    Afternoon all. On Hall I agree that at the moment his game is more suited as a wingback. As he progresses and builds an understanding with the other defenders and midfielders he is going to be an awesome full back. I’m loving the way the team is being developed. A proper football club.

    Agree 100% on any shopping mall. My wife hates shopping but when it’s unavoidable my daughters step up. I’m a lucky man. 🙂

  • ottawageordie2

    Nov 13, 2023 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #37

    So everyone as per Ed’s comment we will just have to sort things out ourselves. I find the best way to deal with the problem of the terrible comments by the trolls on here, is to completely ignore them. We know who they are and it doesn’t take much to figure them out. Don’t even read their crap, never post and answer. Take away their food and they will die off.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 13, 2023 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #38


    Absolutely correct!

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 13, 2023 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #39

    The Schooner Hotel in Alnmouth used to be good many years ago and it was sold to the present owner. I would not go there now if you offered me ten thousand quid.
    Some reviews??? – whilst you never know if these reviews are true or false it is a bit of extra info to consider.


  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 13, 2023 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #40

    With Ed’s latest news – there might be a further free for all and bad behaviour/abuse on here. Hope not.

    I suppose his and Neils position is fully understandable.


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