England U21 fullback commits to the Blues
Garbutt has committed his future to Everton, ending months of speculation over his future
Garbutt, a capture from Leeds United six years ago as a promising 17 year-old, returned from a break following his international duty with England U21s to sign the new deal which ends months of uncertainty over his future.
"It's an honour to commit my long-term future to Everton," Garbutt said after inking his new contract. "I've been made to feel very welcome at the Club since I signed my scholarship six years ago.
"Over the years, I have grown to have an affinity with the Club and I feel a sense of belonging here.
"Under the Manager, the future looks bright and positive and I want to be a part of that. It is a great Club to be a part of and the staff and supporters have been great with me from day one.
Though the 22-year-old had broken into the Blues' first team last season, deputising impressively in the absences of Leighton Baines and Bryan Oviedo and even playing in the important Europa League match at Wolfsburg in late November, he left the offer of a new contract on the table throughout last season as sought assurances over playing time should he stay.
Everton officials conducted successful talks with the left back prior to the U21 European Championships and confirmation of an agreement has come from the club tonight.
It is believed that Garbutt will be allowed to go out on loan to another Premier League club this coming season in order to guarantee him regular first-team football as he continues his development.
In the meantime, the Blues have secured a player with big potential for the long term.
"Last season was great for me in continuing my development," Garbutt continued, "my personal highlight being the Europa League adventure as I gained a lot of experience in those games playing against top quality opposition.
"Everything we went through last season and the experience we gained as a group will only make us stronger as a team ahead of the new season.
"And with all the young players we've got such as Rom, Ross and Stonesy - all of them key players, too, the future of the Club couldn't be more promising.
"If we can continue to build the team, then we can go on and achieve special things together, every one of us as players will have no doubts about that."
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1 Posted 30/06/2015 at 23:15:34
2 Posted 30/06/2015 at 23:23:17
3 Posted 30/06/2015 at 23:24:44
5 Posted 30/06/2015 at 23:18:08
This is a ringing endorsement for the manager and current set-up. As hard to believe as that may be for some. ItÂs nonetheless true.
6 Posted 30/06/2015 at 23:27:13
7 Posted 30/06/2015 at 23:28:40
8 Posted 30/06/2015 at 23:29:29
9 Posted 30/06/2015 at 23:32:27
10 Posted 30/06/2015 at 23:36:41
I thought it was likely he was going to be sent out on loan to Bournemouth, but havenÂt they just splashed millions on a left back from Ipswich?
Surely we should only loan him out if Oviedo was 100%.
11 Posted 30/06/2015 at 23:40:09
12 Posted 30/06/2015 at 23:43:16
13 Posted 30/06/2015 at 23:45:15
14 Posted 30/06/2015 at 23:41:34
15 Posted 30/06/2015 at 23:48:14
16 Posted 01/07/2015 at 00:01:04
17 Posted 30/06/2015 at 23:57:33
18 Posted 01/07/2015 at 00:05:37
19 Posted 30/06/2015 at 23:48:51
I know itÂs being greedy, but I want to see us buy a couple of players who walk into the first team and immediately improve our starting line-up.
Deulofeu is not ready to give us an effective 90 minutes, he still needs to mature. Cleverly is a great buy. A free, home-grown international, but is he an improvement on what we have?
Again, signing up Garbutt is great news, but he wonÂt improve the first 11 and will probably go out on loan. We are linked with back-up CBs and back-up strikers. I really feel we need to improve certain areas of the first 11, not provide them with back-up. If we donÂt do that then I donÂt see how we can possibly challenge the top 6-7 who are undoubtedly going to spend big.
Signing 3 players who have all worked under RM before (and chose to work with him again) is cause for optimism, but I would like to see us buy a player or two who will excite the other players and get them motivated.
As IÂm sure we all would.
20 Posted 01/07/2015 at 00:19:29
22 Posted 30/06/2015 at 23:48:55
23 Posted 01/07/2015 at 00:41:51
24 Posted 01/07/2015 at 00:47:12
Two were loans: Atsu and Lennon, who have returned to their clubs. And weÂve lost Alcaraz and Distin.
So we canÂt just say "Oh if we sign x, y, z weÂll be fine." We wonÂt. We need 7 or 8 players to come in because there isnÂt enough depth.
Can we honestly say that the squad is any stronger since his first season? No. If anything itÂs got weaker with players being released and players ageing.
25 Posted 01/07/2015 at 00:59:54
Love/fear managers are winners. FEAR managers keep you safe. LOVE managers get you relegated.
26 Posted 01/07/2015 at 01:56:32
But IÂm not getting carried away just yet; he still has an awful lot to prove.
27 Posted 01/07/2015 at 02:55:38
Call me cynical but this is a PR job. Yes, itÂs great he has singed but, as others have said, the real issues of our failings last season have yet to be addressed.
Oh and I donÂt believe he singed because he likes the manager.
28 Posted 01/07/2015 at 03:44:33
29 Posted 01/07/2015 at 04:13:40
30 Posted 01/07/2015 at 05:27:40
Regardless of all that, a 22-year-old with a few first team appearances has just played hardball with our club... and won. ItÂs hard to feel happy about this when weÂre just witnessing the soft underbelly of our club (again).
31 Posted 01/07/2015 at 05:46:29
Chris at 5 Â– spot on! We have a manager that is building a very powerful young Everton and has the charisma to excite talent to come and stay.
Ross at 28 Â– You have to look at the development of the youth players; Garbutt is much better than two years ago, so are Lukaku, Barkley, Stones, Coleman, Besic etc in terms of their career, maturity and experience.
The same is true of Del Boy Â– this is the year he could explode and make a big difference. We also have a number of young England internationals like Ledson coming through and while we have got rid of Distin and Alcaraz, there are two amazing prospects coming through in Tyias Browning and Brendan Galloway Â– plus David Henen... there are others in the youth Academy ready to burst through.
I also think Gibson will have an injury free year and show his class!
RM will add two more first teamers, a No 10 and a left CB that will be ball playing... I am very encouraged and half-full with optimism.
32 Posted 01/07/2015 at 06:47:21
It will be very interesting to see if he realises his potential given regular first team football elsewhere. His handful of appearances for us last season showed he is talented but well short of top class at present and time will tell.
He may find things less rosy at another club when under pressure to perform week-in, week-out at a higher level of consistency than he is used to. IÂm sure thatÂs one reason why RM has held him back a little so far, but he has effectively held us to ransom and won over his new contract, and now has to prove he can deliver away from the cossetted arms of Finch Farm and the people who have helped him reach this stage of his career.
Going back to the beginning of my post, now thatÂs out of the way, letÂs see some ÂrealÂ first team signings, not Âback-upsÂ for our aging squad. And please, please, please, Roberto, get rid of Kone. HeÂs the biggest piece of deadwood in the squad, gives us nothing, his wages a draw on finances and his age against him. HeÂs never going to be fit enough to stand-up to the rigours of the Premier League, so cut our losses on your worst ever signing and offer him cheap to anyone whoÂll have him. (Methinks it wonÂt be a very long list of potential buyers.) If weÂre lucky, we might get ten bob for him! Better than nothing I suppose.
33 Posted 01/07/2015 at 07:37:52
Cleverley and Deulofeu will both start a lot of games next season. WeÂve also tied up a great prospect and thereÂs more to come. Not bad for the end of June.
IÂll admit I had this down as a big transfer window for RM and there is work to do but a very solid start. One or two more centre-halves and a striker and IÂll be delighted.
34 Posted 01/07/2015 at 07:20:26
We should be able to spend 㾶M/㾻M on Austin or someone of that quality. We need another keeper and centre half. We have only spent ٢.3m so far on Delboy, so there should be no excuses about our transfer budget, especially after the Sky deal. We need quality Â–not looking at players in the lower leagues.
35 Posted 01/07/2015 at 08:00:09
36 Posted 01/07/2015 at 08:35:14
Where does this leave Oviedo, baby?
Another CB and we have the minimum.
A play-maker and left-winger and we can compete.
Another striker and we could be pretty decent.
37 Posted 01/07/2015 at 09:02:37
38 Posted 01/07/2015 at 09:00:33
Credit to "Rhino" Â– another gem produced; keep them coming, Unsy!
Good luck Luke keep healthy and the rest will look after itself.
39 Posted 01/07/2015 at 09:00:39
LukeÂs got a hell of a reputation to live up to based on fleeting appearances whereas Baines had earned his reputation through first team performances at the top level.
There seems to be a very common theme of underestimating nearly everything about Baines. I still think that if he was your typical cocky, nobhead footballer then he would be looked on differently. HeÂs one of the best players weÂve seen in blue.
40 Posted 01/07/2015 at 09:19:48
I see Garbutt as more confident, more precise with his positional sense, stronger passing and crossing at this stage and physically stronger.
If we did not have Baines, Garbutt would be a fixture in that position. BTW, I love Baines!!!
41 Posted 01/07/2015 at 10:11:41
42 Posted 01/07/2015 at 10:54:42
43 Posted 01/07/2015 at 10:53:20
I hold Baines in such high regard that if weÂre talking about a 22-year-old having anything like his ability then the next 8 years or so look pretty good in that position.
You could probably say that about most of the first 11 now too. Good mix of experience and youth. Just need that bit more quality to turn us from a good team into something else.
No 10 please, Bobby.
44 Posted 01/07/2015 at 11:52:09
I think apart from Kolarov and Baines, he has the best left foot as a left back in the league. If he can fulfill that potential in his defending and positioning, heÂll be a hell of a player. Also important heÂs English in fulfilling that quota in the future.
45 Posted 01/07/2015 at 12:11:42
Going by the program that is in place of Under-21s football followed by a loan and then integration into the squad, I would say it looks like being another season before weÂll see the likes of Garbutt, Henen, Browning, Galloway and Ledson ready for the first team; Kenny could also be amongst that group. (Chris Long IÂm guessing will get that chance this year, hopefully after a good pre-season.)
If Coleman is sold (which is inevitable as IÂve mentioned several times earlier in the season but not naming the player) then maybe Browning will be in the managerÂs plans for this season as backup or ready to be recalled from a loan.
46 Posted 01/07/2015 at 14:34:12
So yeah... letÂs all rejoice. HeÂll be like a new signing.
47 Posted 01/07/2015 at 14:41:45
48 Posted 01/07/2015 at 14:38:10
49 Posted 01/07/2015 at 16:04:13
I really rate Garbutt as a real prospect.
My only worry is that this may well be connected with injury worries over Bryan Oviedo.
Now for that 20 goals a season striker..... erm?
52 Posted 01/07/2015 at 16:32:11
Perhaps we are signing him to sell him in a season or two; otherwise ,I cannot understand the sense in putting the lad on a five-year deal and then sending him elsewhere.
53 Posted 01/07/2015 at 17:05:27
I would keep him in our squad instead of loaning him out.
Play him in the cup games and odd league games and basically have him integrate with the first team because it wonÂt be that long til he is one of the first names on the sheet!
54 Posted 01/07/2015 at 18:07:07
55 Posted 01/07/2015 at 18:04:35
56 Posted 01/07/2015 at 18:30:39
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