On Thursday, Everton loaned out central defender Jarrad Branthwaite to Championship side Blackburn Rovers for the rest of the season.

Branthwaite, 18, joined the Blues from Carlisle United for £1 million in January 2020, with only 14 senior appearances to his name at the time.

He has since featured five times for Everton’s first team, and will now spend the rest of this campaign helping Blackburn, currently 11th in the Championship, battle for a play-off place.

Where does it leave Everton?

Hopefully with an even better prospect when he returns to Goodison Park. Branthwaite has looked an exceptional talent on the few occasions he’s been fielded by Carlo Ancelotti, a man who clearly has a great deal of faith in the youngster.