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Michael Ball drools over Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite

Everton managed a 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday (3 February) at Goodison Park. 

The Toffees are without a win in their last three games in all competitions and haven’t won in their last six Premier League games.

Richarlison scored twice for Spurs and it looked like they will pick up all three points, but the Toffees refused to give up. Their reward came in the dying minutes of the game when Jarrad Branthwaite nodded home a deflected James Garner free-kick.

Michael Ball, while writing his column for the Liverpool Echo, was full of praise for Branthwaite, saying the 21-year-old showed “great commitment” to score the goal.

The popular pundit, who is often seen working for BBC World Service, has hailed him as “absolutely fantastic”.

“Jarrad Branthwaite was great for the stoppage time equaliser as he was running in at pace and you had both the post and the goalkeeper in there to contend with but he was willing to take the hit,” wrote Ball for the Liverpool Echo

“It showed great commitment from him to get the goal and his performances this season have been absolutely fantastic since he’s come into the side.”

Terrific

The young defender spent the last season on loan away to POSV Eindhoven, a move that has worked wonders for him. He has returned to the club as a better player and has emerged as a key weapon for Sean Dyche this season.

Branthwaite, who is on £35k-per-week deal at Goodison Park, has made 20 starts in the Premier League this season, scoring one goal. He manages 2.1 tackles per game, and makes 4.5 clearances, per whoscored.

It will be interesting to see how long Everton can keep hold of him as top clubs in the Premier League are vying for his signature. It has been suggested that the Toffees are refusing to sell him for anything less than £100m.

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