As Evertonians, we are a passionate lot. About as passionate as it gets really. The majority of Evertonians not only look out for the first team players but also the up and coming stars. Often you can hear or read chat of how George Green, Conor McAleny, Shane Duffy, Luke Garbutt and John Lundstram are progressing.
But what of Tyias Browning? Nothing really. The young defender is highly rated within the game. Alan Stubbs pointed him out in the Everton ‘Tea Party’ as one of the best one on one defenders he’s ever seen. Not only this, Martinez has named him on the bench of the first team in the last few weeks and the youngster has had experience there before. Browning has been picked ahead of other players such as Lundstram, McAleny and Green, who are talked about much more often. He has also been on loan to Wigan this season, but only for a short period.
So what makes him less intriguing to the Everton faithful? Is it because he hasn’t shone in the little games that Evertonians have managed to see him in? For example, I have only seen him play twice. Once in the mini-Merseyside derby where he was deployed at right-back, against none other than Raheem Sterling, who is now gracing the Premier League pitches as part of a deadly four pronged attack for ‘them lot’. He had a torrid time that day, but is that fair to then write him off? Another time I saw Tyias was in the televised pre-season game against Austria Vienna where again he was at right-back, and again, he had a poor time of it. He struggled to pass the ball and gave it away regularly. You couldn’t argue with his defending however that day and that has shown great signs of improvement. It is not fair to judge on two games and it is something that I have not done, it just could be a reason why young Browning is not the talk of the terraces in terms of up and coming players.
Browning had been played more centrally since last season and it could have changed him as a player, as the 19 year old turned out more than any other player for Alan Stubbs’ Under 21s in 2012/13, making 28 appearances over the course of the season.
With this, his loan spell and being very highly rated by the coaches, could he be the next star that has gone unnoticed by Evertonians?