It was August 2014 when Everton pulled of a transfer coupe for a hugely talented young player who was playing for MK Dons. Brendan Galloway becomes the youngest player to play for MK Dons in November 2011 at just 15 years old. It was not surprising that so many clubs were interested in signing such a promising homegrown player.
He was actually born in Zimbabwe on the 17 March 1996 and move to England at the age of 6. He is obviously eligible to play for Zimbabwe and England, but he has so far chosen to play for England, representing England at the U17s, U18s and U19s.
The biggest problem for Galloway is the fact that he is playing for a team that has a very established defense. At Centre Back he finds himself behind the experienced England International Phil Jagielka and the very highly sought after England International John Stones. He also has similar problems at left back because Leighton Baines has been Everton’s most consistent player for many years now. Galloway’s chance came when an injury to Baines saw Galloway thrust in to the first team. He managed to play in the final two games of the 2014/2015 season and then had his chance to continue as left back at the start of the 2015/2016 season, which he gladly took following the injury to Baines.
Galloway is an exciting Left footed defender who can be used in a few positions. Although many will believe Galloway to be an exciting left back, his primary position is actually is a Centre back, where Everton themselves call him out as being an “established centre back”. This for me highlights a player of exceptional quality. As the left back position now is not just to defend but also to attack, so he would have covered allot more ground and had to adapt his game tactically. He can also play as a defensive midfielder and this is probably down to his height and physical ability. He has good tackling, passing and marking ability, but most importantly he seems to be un-phased by the big game, which will see him go very far.
In summary Galloway is starting to show he has the qualities to be a very good player. His versatility and his determination will help him go a long way in the game, so you can expect to see him at a high level for a long time. With Baines and Jagielka in their 30s Galloway will need to keep up his development and surely he will then get his chance as either a first choice centre back or left back should he remain with Everton. As for international football, if Galloway decides to continue his journey with England he will need to gain more experience to force his way in to the senior team. It would be good to see Galloway become and established member of the U21s and progress from there.
by Andrew Doulton - 28th February