Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite has made four EFL Championship appearances since joining Blackburn Rovers on loan during the January transfer window Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite has taken like a duck to water since making his January loan switch to the EFL Championship - and the stats back up just how influential he's been for Blackburn Rovers.
The 18-year-old has played every single minute since being welcomed to Ewood Park by Tony Mowbray, including yesterday afternoon's 1-0 defeat against QPR at Loftus Road.
Despite that result, Branthwaite has enjoyed a successful start to life in Blackburn colours, as outlined by renowned football website Who Scored - used to collate and assess in-depth stats across the divisions.
In achieving a 7.3 match rating, the promising centre-back was only bettered by team-mates Darragh Lenihan, who partnered Branthwaite at the heart of Rovers' defence, and Adam Armstrong Branthwaite won five aerial duels and made five tackles against QPR, who claimed all three points at Loftus Road courtesy of a 54th-minute winner from Yoann Barbet. Branthwaite's match average of 7.11 sees him second on the club's list this campaign after Armstrong, with two key interceptions and two key clearances capping off his impressive start to life in senior football.
Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has heaped praise on Everton loan star Jarrad Branthwaite for the contributions he has made since arriving at Ewood Park.
The 18-year-old secured his first temporary move away from Everton in the winter transfer window, joining Blackburn on loan until the end of the season. Branthwaite made his tenth league start for Blackburn against Derby County on Friday and helped them to a 2-1 victory over Wayne Rooney’s side. Reflecting on Branthwaite’s performance against the Rams, Blackburn manager Mowbray has explained that the teenager coped with the challenges posed by the Derby attackers well. Mowbray admitted that Blackburn signed Branthwaite, as well as Manchester City loan star Taylor Harwood-Bellis, to add defensive cover before hailing the centre-back for the impact he has made at the club
“They’re just two young boys, we brought them in January because we needed cover“, Mowbray told a press conference. “And yet they have played such a prominent part and done so well for us “They’re just young boys learning their trade. “They had a difficult task tonight [Friday; ed.] with some different challenges with the directness and speed in the first-half, then they had the brute force for half an hour in the second-half. “They coped with it pretty well even though we had a few headers on our goal in the last few minutes.“