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Lewis Gibson 57

Lewis Gibson, was signed from Newcastle United in the summer of 2017. The left-sided defender turned down offers from Spurs, Man City and Southampton, among several others, to join the Blues.

He has made an impressive start to life on Merseyside so far – and has explained why the decision to join Everton was an easy one.

"The way the club is going at the moment, everything seems to be on the up,” said Gibson, while at an Everton in the Community event.

"The Under-23s won the league last year and I knew the potential the team had. And the way I play, I fitted right into their system and it was also about how much they wanted us, it showed from the start.

"Unsy and [Everton Under-23s scout] Jamie Hoyland expressed to me and my agent how much they wanted me and that helped take me to the decision."

While Gibson is now relishing working under manager Unsworth and assistant John Ebbrell, he reveals another former Blue has also made a huge impact on his fledgling career so far.

“My old manager at Newcastle [Under-18s] was Dave Watson,” he explains. “So I already had a link [to Everton] through Dave. Dave Watson helped me a lot and developed me as an Under-18s player and now David Unsworth is making me an Under-23s player, working on little things like positioning.

“I've come from a good place with coaches with Watson and Unsworth. They won the FA Cup together here and even before I came to Everton I was asking Watson about winning the FA Cup, I knew how much it meant to him and Everton fans to win it.

“Dave Watson as a person is one of the nicest people I've ever met, I've always had a soft spot for him and when I left I made sure to ring him to say thanks for what he'd done for me. I was grateful for what he'd done for me.”

Gibson would be a first choice on the teamsheet for David Unsworth, racking up the second highest appearance stats for the Under-23s in his first season at Everton, behind Bassala Sambou.

But things started badly in his second season with the Blues as he suffered a long injury layoff after Everton took the decision to send the youngster for surgery on an ankle injury, with the hope he would recover in time for the new season getting underway. But an abortive return in October saw him stretchered off after 38 minutes against Arsenal U23s.

Initially feared to be an anterior cruciate ligament injury, scans showed a dislocated knee and ligament damage to the opposite ankle that was operated on just months before. He would not return until the New Year but would then play in almost every game leading to Everton securing the Premier League 2 trophy and Premier League Cup double in 2019.

With the return of Kurt Zouma at best uncertain, Marco Silva promoted Lewis Gibson to the first-team squad which saw him playing confidently in 2019's early pre-season training friendlies, prompting the 18-year-old to state:

"It's unbelievable, it's what dreams are made of, really I've been waiting a while now – since I was little, I've just always dreamed of this and obviously now it's come and I'm just ready to take my opportunity."

"It's unbelievable to be around players who have done amazing things in their careers and I'm learning every day, taking notes off the gaffer and the players. The style of football we play – I think it suits my game and what I want to do. It's very good and the help's great. All the coaches and players are very supportive.

"When you first come up, it's quite shocking. You look around and, for example, when I walked out last week, to have Davo [Tom Davies], André Gomes, Leighton Baines for company, being next to them, it's quite surreal. But if you need their help, they're there for you and, if not, you can just get on with it."

A strong and imposing presence at the back, the defender is very comfortable having the ball at his feet and playing out with it. Gibson continued his fine form from the end of the season, slotting seamlessly into the first team setup and picking up a lot of pre-season gametime. His performances have been getting better and better, capped with a goal in the defeat to Mainz.

FactFile

Squad number 57
Position Centre-back
Nationality England
Born  
Date of birth 19 July 2000
Height 6'-2" (1.85 m)
Joined 27 July 2017
Joined from Newcastle Utd
Signed under Ronald Koeman
Transfer fee £990k (^£6M)
Contract duration 3 years
Contract expires June 2020
Full debut Under-23s only
Previous Clubs  Newcastle Utd
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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2017-18 57 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
2018-19 57 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
2019-20  () () ()
  Totals () () ()

Academy U23s Career

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
2017-18 Under-23s  15 (2) 8 (1) 0 0
2018-19 Under-23s 10 (0) 6 (1) 0 0
2019-20 Under-23s        

Previous Career

Season Team Appearances (sub) Goals
2014-16 Newcastle Utd 0 (0) 0



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