A lot of the praise might have landed at the feet of the likes of Lewis Grabban and Aiden McGeady in the last few weeks but for me, there is a player who seems to be getting maybe a little overlooked for some very solid performances in our encouraging start to the season. That man is Tyias Browning.
The 23 year old loanee from Everton has been outstanding in the first few weeks of the season proving to be a rock at the back thus far.
The Liverpool born defender has started all three of our league games this season as well as the Carabao Cup game at Gigg Lane. So far, he has formed a decent understanding with Lamine Kone whilst also giving a good account of himself next to John O’Shea at the said cup game against Bury. So what else do we know about the boy…
After joining Everton as a 10 year old in 2004, he won the U18 Premier League title with Everton in the 2010–11 season and was an unused substitute in a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea for the senior side.
Tyias made his professional debut playing under Uwe Rosler for Wigan Athletic who he joined on a one month loan deal back on 10th January 2014. The very next day he replaced ex Nottingham Forest and Newcastle United defender James Perch in a 3-0 win over Bournemouth.
On his return to Everton, he made his first team debut on 27th September 2014, coming on as a 72nd minute substitute for Tony Hibbert at Anfield in the Merseyside derby with Everton losing 1-0. You could argue that was an inspired decision as the score ended all square at 1-1.
International recognition has never been far away, representing England at under-17, under-19 and under-20 level. With age still on his side and the obvious ability he has, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him move up through the age groups and eventually play as a full England international. Having a Chinese grandfather, he also has the option of playing for China!
At just over six foot tall, he is a good size for a defender with the no nonsense style he shows, he should be a colossus at this level. With the wicked delivery from set pieces we are now seeing from Aiden McGeady, it would be even better if we can start to see him using some of the obvious size and strength he possesses to start planting a few headers in the back of the opposition's onion bag.
For me personally, he has been head and shoulders above Brendan Galloway, his Everton team-mate who also joined at around the same time as Browning. Bizarrely, it was Galloway I knew more about and had higher hopes for on joining the lads. Shows what I know! Nothing, clearly.
If he maintains his current form for us throughout the rest of the season, and I know we have a long way to go, he will be a big success for us here and go down in folk lore as one of the loanees who we wish were ours. He’d be in the same elite club as Danny Rose and Marcos Alonso! Their careers seemed to go from strength to strength after excelling for SAFC and I genuinely wouldn’t be surprised to see Tyias Browning’s career go the same way.
At a good club like Everton who value their youth, I think Browning will be a name to look out for in years to come.