Alan Shearer has joined Jarrad Branthwaite's growing list of admirers.

The goalscoring legend described the Cumbrian defender as "magnificent" in his latest Premier League performance.

Branthwaite was Everton's man of the match in their 1-0 victory over West Ham United.

It was the latest in a string of impressive showings from the ex-Carlisle United star from Wigton.

And England and Newcastle United icon Shearer named Branthwaite in his team of the week in the top-flight.

"Magnificent at the back. Nothing got past him against West Ham," said Shearer as he cited his top XI of the week for the Premier League website.

The 21-year-old Cumbrian has attracted major plaudits during his run in the Everton defence.

England Under-21 international Branthwaite started the season on the bench but quickly forced his way into Sean Dyche's side.

And the ex-Carlisle academy product has not looked back.

Branthwaite is flourishing in the top flight after spending last season on loan with PSV Eindhoven.

He has made eight Premier League appearances this season and 18 in total for the Toffees, who moved up to 15th after their victory in the London Stadium.

A strong interception from Branthwaite - who joined Everton from Carlisle in January 2020 - played a part in Dominic Calvert-Lewin's winning goal in London.

The big defender from Wigton recently signed a new long-term deal at Goodison Park amid speculation linking him with a move, clubs such as Manchester United and Manchester City among those said to be interested.

Everton manager Dyche recently praised Branthwaite for his willingness to learn.

The Toffees boss, speaking to Sky Sports, said: "He is working hard at his game. He is listening. He has been very open-minded and is enjoying his football.

"He missed two-and-a-half weeks of pre-season. That would have maybe given him the opportunity to push on and start the season.

"Once he got fit, he has taken the chance."