Another one of Everton’s once much-vaunted group of young defenders has been shipped out, with Tyias Browning headed to China.
The 24-year-old will join Guangzhou Evergrande of the Chinese Super League with no mention of the transfer fee, though it’s not expected to be too much considering how low he has fallen recently.
Browning hasn’t played for the Blues in over three years, and has featured only once in Marco Silva’s matchday squad this season, as an unused substitute in the 1-1 home draw with Huddersfield Town back in September. Even that was more out of desperation after the Blues were facing an injury and suspensions crisis in the backline.
The defender, who turns 25 in a couple of months, has made nine appearances for the senior side, but during his time with Everton Browning has also had loan spells in the Championship, at Wigan Athletic, Preston North End and Sunderland. He is also eligible to represent China at international level through his grandfather and is rumoured to be looking to gain a Chinese passport as well.
Marcel Brands’ clear-out and rebuild of the youth system continues especially after recent comments saying that the club will focus on the youngsters for the rest of the season. It’ll be interesting to see if Everton further invest funds in bringing in more youngsters with potential over the summer.