Everton have had a very frustrating season with the talent on its first team. Now, imagine having to survive as Everton’s designated trash heap. That’s the life of Sunderland fans right now, with a stack of on-loan and former Toffees guiding them safely to rock bottom in the Championship.
One of the loanees, defender Tyias Browning, has injured his groin and will be out for the rest of the year, according to an Echo report. The 23 year old Liverpool native has seven career appearances for the Everton first team and has appeared for the Black Cats twenty-seven times this season.
Per manager Chris Coleman -
“Tyias Browning will be out for the rest of the season with his groin. He’s done exactly the same as Darron Gibson, so that’s a blow.
“At best, Darron will be back in a month. That will be the best-case scenario. Three weeks to a month. Then Saturday to Saturday will be a big ask for him I think.”
Ironically enough, Gibson is also a former Evertonian.
It is rather likely that Browning has found his level in the Championship. He is a good but not dominant defender at that level who has completed 76% of his tackles and who wins the majority of his aerial duels. However, the harsh reality is that he is older than Mason Holgate and significantly behind Mason in development. As someone who seriously doubts whether Mason will ever be a useful Premier League player, I don’t have high hopes at all for Browning.
If you throw in Matthew Pennington into the mix, then the number of sub Premier League standard central defenders continues to grow. That said, you never want to see a player get injured and of course we want our Toffees to have successful careers even if they aren’t with our first team so I genuinely hope he has shown enough this season to find himself a good home next year in spite of this setback.
Browning joins Brendan Galloway (who has also failed to cover himself in glory) as Toffee loanees at Sunderland and also plays with former Blues Aiden McGeady, Jack Rodwell, Darron Gibson, and Bryan Oviedo. Joleon Lescott and Victor Anichebe also spent some time on Wearside. Thank goodness those latter players are no longer our problem.
Good luck Tyias and heal up soon!