Galloway set for improved deal

by | 14/09/2015  44 Comments  [Jump to last]
Everton will reward Brendan Galloway for his impressive ascent to regular first-team action with a new contract..

The 19-year-old defender was blooded by Roberto Martinez in the final two games of last season after Leighton Baines's season was ended prematurely by the need for surgery on his ankle and delivered accomplished performances against West Ham and Tottenham.

This season, with Baines suffering a serious relapse of his ankle problems, Luke Garbutt farmed out on loan to Fulham for the season and Bryan Oviedo battling more niggling injuries of his own, Galloway has stepped into the void again with impressive composure, culminating in a magnificent display against Chelsea on Saturday.

The ex-MK Dons centre half was deployed at left back after returning from a knee injury himself and weighed in with assist for the first goal in the 3-1 win while helping the Blues' back line keep the likes of Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Radamel Falcao quiet at the other end.

Galloway's precocious and composed displays are already prompting comparisons with team mate John Stones and the Echo suggest that he is already attracting attention so Everton will look to tie him to a more lucrative deal than the four-year contract he penned when he arrived last year.  


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Mike Gaynes
1 Posted 14/09/2015 at 17:58:45
The lad is truly impressive.

Baines and Oviedo are my two favorite Blues, but I'm picturing them in the training center doing their rehabilitation exercises and Roberto drops by to say, "Ease up, boys, don't strain anything, there's no hurry."

And as for Garbutt, I'm already having trouble remembering what he looked like. Sort of like my ex-wife.

Ray Roche
2 Posted 14/09/2015 at 18:06:17
Mike, Galloway has certainly been in impressive form and it would be great if we held onto Stones. They would make a really classy partnership.
Brent Stephens
3 Posted 14/09/2015 at 18:14:47
I was wary of playing Galloway against Chelsea but how well the lad performed. He's bound to a have a few mares so I just hope we see them in context and don't get on his back.

Looking forward next to being able to sing the praises of Funes Mori based on a few games for us. With Stones imperious, Jags back to being a tower of strength (the bite in his challenges this season have been wonderful), and that old-timer Coleman (not to mention Baines - who could currently replace him?! er...), we have a defensive group the envy of most in the PL. Forgot Tim - ah, well.

Terence Leong
5 Posted 14/09/2015 at 18:27:48
The intent is (at least according to Martinez) to move Galloway into the centre of defence.

And if Funes Mori comes good, and Stones will stay with us, and if Tyias Browning supposedly develops too, then we are in good shape to replace Jags, who will certainly be eased out in the next few years.

While I foresee that Jags is unlikely to decline that quickly, unless he suffers an injury. He still is keeping good form, retains pace and looks to be able to play on for a good while more; it's important to plan for a future without him in the next two years.

Garbutt, whenever given the chance to, has shown. In fact, I think he models his game around Baines. He hasn't yet got the same guile and mobility, but I think that will come. He packs a good shot, besides being able to cross it well.

Hopefully, he comes back and forms the next generation of the backline. What we are lacking is a right back that can challenge Coleman.

Colin Leary
7 Posted 14/09/2015 at 18:46:00
Stones done alright at right back!
Neil Thomas
8 Posted 14/09/2015 at 18:47:57
The lad played great against Chelsea, and you can see an improvement in every game. Baines must be itching to get back before he loses his spot.
Keith Glazzard
10 Posted 14/09/2015 at 19:15:48
Excellent news, and good to see the Blues showing how it should be done.

We try our best to produce Academy players, but the next best thing is to bring young players up from lower divisions and nurture them into the squad, as football always used to work.

Mind you, I still think we have to make it up to Sligo Rovers one day.


Martin Mason
11 Posted 14/09/2015 at 19:16:43
Congratulations and a massive credit to him and how the club is developing him.
Dennis Ng
12 Posted 14/09/2015 at 19:23:07
It is great news and I'm really looking forward to more players growing into first team roles from the academy.
Les Martin
13 Posted 14/09/2015 at 19:39:52
There have been a few questions posted in the past as to discontentment in buying mainly youngsters. However, praise to our excellent scouting system because it is obviously working by identifying the stars of tomorrow.

Young Brendan has been excellent, when you consider that he has played against City and Chelsea and having to defend against some of the best attackers in the Premier League / Europe only speaks volumes for the man as it's certainly no easy initiation that he has had.

Then there is Holgate and Browning to consider too. If they make progress, we will have some defence in the future
Colin Glassar
14 Posted 14/09/2015 at 19:47:59
This lad will go straight to the top. Our problem in the near future will be warding off the wolves as they try and nick our young stars.

Martin Mason
15 Posted 14/09/2015 at 19:56:06
I know many criticise the club for having less spending than many of our peers, in some cases ridiculously so, but surely this shows just how good the club is in developing it's own players and buying experienced players when they have real value and this should be applauded?
Joe Green
17 Posted 14/09/2015 at 20:10:44

Watching WHU vs Newcastle kick-off and it strikes me that compared to Everton:
1) How few British Isles players in either side
2) How many new players in both sides


Colin Glassar
18 Posted 14/09/2015 at 20:19:05
Not only that, Joe, when showing the top 10 in the league I think they mentioned everyone except us!!
Peter McHugh
21 Posted 14/09/2015 at 20:28:36
I'm not making a direct comparison between Moyes's and Martinez's managerial capabilities but one big difference (whether good or bad) appears to be the mentality of both the managers and players they bring in.

I always felt Moyes's teams were good but lacked an arrogance and belief. I know it nauseates at times but I do admire the fact that Martinez would play Real Madrid and look to beat them with our defenders playing from the back.

Confidence and bottle is a wonderful thing and makes a team better. Moyes team in 2004-05 has plenty of bottle, I think our team is growing in confidence now our game changers being Lukaku, Mirallas and Deulofeu need to show they have bottle. I wish Barkley gets the same good arrogance that Stones, Galloway and Coleman have. If he does we would have some team but I still think Barkley is key to it all.

Dennis Ng
22 Posted 14/09/2015 at 20:29:57
I just Googled for most British players in EPL and we came in 8th I think. I am surprised that United have more than us, the rest, not so much surprise though I feel our local players are of higher calibre for sure.
Dennis Ng
23 Posted 14/09/2015 at 20:33:48
Oh article was comparing English players, that's why we're not at the top LOL
David Chait
24 Posted 14/09/2015 at 20:58:25
I always wonder how to fit players in and between Holgate, Browning, Galloway and Garbutt, let alone a fully fit Oviedo I have no idea... We mustn't forget Garbutt now he is not in our full view, but he was excellent when he played. And as it stands the real Baines replacement in my opinion. I love Ovideo but he is clearly injury-prone.

But wow... What potential!

Lev Vellene
25 Posted 14/09/2015 at 21:01:07
One thing that makes me favour RM, compared to DM, is his willingness to actually let the youngsters have a try. And then another one if they didn't succeed the first time. Moyes never got past the first stage, I always felt.
Martin Mason
26 Posted 14/09/2015 at 21:02:59
David, I feel that Oviedo is already gone, a dreadful injury often finishes players and he looks finished. We have such good replacements though.

I'm so sorry about Bryan though, he could have been a key man at Everton.

Ian Hunt
27 Posted 14/09/2015 at 21:22:45
Martin, I have to agree. It almost brings a tear to my eye.
Kevin Jones
28 Posted 14/09/2015 at 21:25:57
Made up for young Brendan. Looks like another class act.
Trevor Lynes
29 Posted 14/09/2015 at 23:09:10
Young Holgate will make the grade. He is confident, quick, strong and good on the ball.

I am not as sure about Gethin Jones or Browning as both were terrorized against Whatmore the youngster at Sunderland who is another cert for the top.

My main gripe is that none of our attacking youngsters are anywhere near the potential of the defenders. How about giving Osman a coaching job to teach the kids to pass forwards accurately and provide a few assists.

Danny Broderick
32 Posted 15/09/2015 at 01:15:14
What I like about Galloway is he takes no shit. I was concerned when I saw him marking Costa at corners, but I needn't have worried. He's not afraid of reputations, and he's been the surprise of the season for me. What a cross that was that he put in for Naismith's 1st goal too.

I'm hoping we can bulk him up a bit so he can play centre half, because I'm a fan of Luke Garbutt also.

We look well off for young defenders all of a sudden.

Peter Lee
33 Posted 15/09/2015 at 06:40:28
Dare I say that this looks to be the outcome of a medium/long term plan that the chairman and manager are not supposed to have?
Drew O'Neall
34 Posted 15/09/2015 at 08:06:02
He's been great, from a purely commercial standpoint though, why give him an increase unless it is stipulated in his contract?

We have Funes Mori who can do a job at left back and, while I think Galoway should not be deposed for non football reasons, he would surely see his place, as a youngster in our squad, behind an Argentina international and therefore not in a strong position to negotiate a raise.

Jon Withey
35 Posted 15/09/2015 at 08:45:57
The youngsters need to be rewarded for progress. I don't see a problem with starting negotiations and it acts as a motivator. If we want the best youngsters from other clubs then it also needs to be shown that they'll be rewarded for progress.

I think Dowell looks like a special attacking player and I assume Henen and Rodriguez have ability.

We could always do with more strikers though.

Eric Myles
36 Posted 15/09/2015 at 09:09:23
Danny #24, that plan would be to sell off players to fund other purchases which has been the board's MO for a long time now.
Jim Lloyd
37 Posted 15/09/2015 at 09:20:57
The lad has shown a lot of attributes, skill, speed, strength and if our manager sees this lad as an integral part of his plans now, then if he thinks the lad deserves a pay rise, then I totally agree.

He's got things to learn but he looks another fine young player that Roberto is bringing through. As Danny says, he's got no fear of reputations, he just lets the opposition know they'll have a tough afternoon... very tough!

I don't see that the Chairman has had this long term plan, other than accepting from Roberto that this is the way forward. He followed Moyes and now he's following Roberto.

Roberto said there was another way to achieve results and he seems to be showing us some of the early results of how we can achieve success.

The Chairman would be much better occupied by providing, along with the Board, a plan to see Goodison redeveloped, if, as I fear, WHP disappears into the mist.

Phillip Lupton
38 Posted 15/09/2015 at 12:05:17
As I don't live in the UK, I rarely get to watch Everton live, but was full of excitement when I realised I would get to see the opening game against Watford.

Obviously that game was a massive disappointment, especially as I'd come 4,000 km to see it. However the impressive displays by Stones and in particular Galloway, put a smile on my face. A long way from the finished article, I think he is a little short on pace at the moment, but you have to admire his tenacity and willingness to put in the work.

What has made me smile even more though is the improvement even since the Watford game; against Chelsea I thought he was excellent and if he does get a new contract, I think it would be thoroughly deserved!

Harold Matthews
39 Posted 15/09/2015 at 12:49:00
This lad defends like a tiger and deserves a new contract. Baines, Oviedo and Garbutt are better all round players but none can defend like this fella. He's absolute mustard.
Brent Stephens
40 Posted 15/09/2015 at 12:55:43
Harold, I agree that Galloway is a better defender and / but that the others might seem like better all-round players. But I wonder whether the limited amount of forward / support play so far by Galloway is because he's under orders not to stray far forward - probably wise until he's got more experience and confidence under his belt.
James Stewart
41 Posted 15/09/2015 at 13:41:39
Bit over the top he has barely played ten games yet and to claim he is a better defender than Baines is quite frankly ridiculous. The Chelsea game was certainly his best game but he has looked somewhat awkward at LB at times. in the Man City game, he struggled and looked relived to go off injured.

Browning looked just as good if not better for me against the RS and Man Utd last season and we haven't seen him since. It would be interesting to see how both perform at centre back, their natural positions. Browning looked immense in pre-season he needs to be playing now, if not here then give him a loan move.

Jim Lloyd
42 Posted 15/09/2015 at 14:21:43
It doesn't seem over the top to me but that what footy fans have... opinions. I couldn't say for a fact, that this lad is a better fullback than Bainsey but my opinion is that he can become a top class full back

He does however, have something that is already obvious and that is grit. He has also shown a great capacity to get up and down the field and if he continues the way he is playing, I can see him challenging Bainsey and Brian for the left back spot.

Browning is also a great young prospect and I think he'll be similarly rewarded if he keeps progressing.

I also think that Roberto was thinking about using Bainsey in the midfield and he might still have that idea and Bryan can be equally good at full back or left wing.

Garbutt, like McAleny, is being given more time to get in first team performances and I hope they both make it too. Then this young lad Rodriguez might be an even better prospect as a goalscorer.

Going back to Brendan. he's got things to learn but I like the way he wins the personal physical battles as the mature professionals try and intimidate him. He'll have none of it and neither will Tyias when his time comes.

I think it is more and more looking like Roberto's ideas are bearing fruit and we will need all of these players in the months ahead. We had injuries last season and were having to make do and mend.

Now we are getting competition for places and I'm chuffed, as it's progressively more younger players coming through.

Tony Abrahams
43 Posted 15/09/2015 at 14:47:47
Trevor, good post. I think Leon Osman will become a coach in the near future for Everton, unless he wants to drop down a division to keep playing.

I also like the look of that Whatmore, at Sunderland; he will cause loads of defenders problems, with his non-stop running, that kid.

Eivind Nyhus
44 Posted 15/09/2015 at 14:56:08
Galloway is promising, but thinking he's a threat to Baines's spot in the first eleven is silly. The youngster is good, but far from Baines's level.
Linda Morrison
46 Posted 15/09/2015 at 16:59:57
This is very good news for both the player and the club. I read in The Guardian that Stones is also to be given a better deal, although there was no mention of a longer contract but we shall see.

I think Stones has had a lucky escape!

Tim Wardrop
47 Posted 15/09/2015 at 17:43:33
Completely agree with James Stewart (33). The lad was excellent against Chelsea, but for 45 mins when he was on the pitch against Man City he was torn apart. It was almost as though the injury that forced him off was to put him out of his misery.

I also thought he was decent (not great) when I saw him at West Ham last season and the same against Watford and Southampton this year.

Don't get me wrong, I think the boy has potential and I'm pleased to see him getting rewarded. But some of the stuff being said on here is ludicrous.

Dave Pritchard
48 Posted 15/09/2015 at 18:06:27
I think that he looked good against Chelsea after being a bit shaky against Man City, but most full backs will have problems against them at the moment. He should be able to fill a problem position for us at least until others get fit.

If he continues to play well then Baines will know that he has to pull his finger out to get back in the team which can only benefit the squad. Oviedo is a worry with his injuries so I would rather keep a fully fit Galloway in ahead of Bryan at the moment.

Paul Jeronovich
49 Posted 15/09/2015 at 19:56:09
Get him tied down, looks calm and assured, a bit like Stones.
Harold Matthews
50 Posted 15/09/2015 at 21:07:07
Still stick to my "ridiculous" and "silly" opinion. I've never rated the defensive ability of Baines. He's poor in the air, turns his back on shots and nowhere as tough as Galloway.

On the ball and going forward Baines is brilliant and he would always be my first choice but please don't say he is a great defender, because he isn't.

Colin Glassar
51 Posted 15/09/2015 at 21:19:51
I've always held the same view Harold. Very good going forward and from set pieces but nothing special defending. Still love him though.
Brent Stephens
52 Posted 15/09/2015 at 21:21:59
Harold calls it right for me. Baines is a very good defender but Galloway is now just about leaving him behind. The love for Baines springs from his superb abilities going forward, esp interchanging with Pienaar. When the offensive game is limited, he looks only average.
Sam Hoare
53 Posted 15/09/2015 at 21:32:48
I'm with Harold. Baines is a decent defender and a world class attacker (for a full back). Galloway looks (early days still) as a strong defender and a decent attacker.

Galloway is faster, stronger and better in the air than Baines. I think he makes our defence more solid, and that's a very good thing, though he will never create as much as Baines....

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