Garbutt: I'll go anywhere to play football

Monday 10 October 2016  27 Comments  [Jump to last]
Luke Garbutt is hoping to play his way into greater first-team involvement in the second half of the season, whether that is back at Everton or elsewhere on loan.

The fullback is in the midst of a temporary spell at Wigan Athletic, his second loan move since it looked like he had broken into the senior side under Roberto Martinez in 2014-15 with some impressive performances, particularly in the Europa League.

The return from injury of Leighton Baines and then Bryan Oviedo, coupled with Martinez's tendency to play Brendan Galloway as an auxiliary full-back when Baines was struck down with ankle problems a year ago, pushed Garbutt down the pecking order and prompted him to accept loan moves to Fulham and now Wigan to get regular playing time.

Just as was the case at Craven Cottage last term, however, the 23-year-old former England Under-21 defender has been unable to consistently hold down a starting role, making just three appearances for the Latics so far.

That is somewhat perplexing for Evertonians who watched him play so well against the likes of Wolfsburg two years ago as a raw deputy for Baines, to whom he looked like a natural successor, given his attacking prowess and accuracy with crosses and dead-ball deliveries.

"This [loan] is only until January with a view to me playing more," Garbutt says in a lengthy interview with his friend Alex Mearns for the Football Hour podcast. "If I'm not playing then obviously I'd love to move on in January."

"It is weird. you have to adapt to different changing rooms and personalities. Sometimes I do feel as though I'd love a bit of continuity but in football you're always looking to be playing regularly.

"In that respect, I've got a long-term contract at Everton so I can try and play regularly at my loan club and hopefully go to Everton and play in their team.

"But if that doesn't work out and I've played well at my loan team, then I can get a transfer somewhere else. You're always thinking to yourself 'I need to play football and I'll go anywhere to play."

"It's the only line of work whereby you put a graft in Monday to Friday and don't get really get rewarded on Saturday.

"In this industry, a lot of the time, the manager might have a view and he drops you from the team and you find it very hard to get back in the team.

"Communication is a massive thing at a football club I feel; between the players and the manager there needs to be that communication no matter if you're in the Conference or the Premier League.

"The manager should tell you what you need to improve, what you're doing well. Player management is a big thing."

Read the rest of the wide-ranging interview at Liverpool Echo  

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Don Alexander
1 Posted 10/10/2016 at 19:31:32
Who knows what's his next move, but the lad is now 23 and therefore well past the "promising" stage, like one or two other players who've got us scratching our heads.

Hopefully he gets a good run in the Pie-eaters first team and turns promise to performance. After all, that's what Seamus did at Blackpool and he's never looked back.

Richard Dodd
2 Posted 10/10/2016 at 20:14:36
And now it's Galloway's turn to be sent away on loan – probably like Garbutt – to end up in the bin.

Who is next for the treatment – Holgate?

Winston Williamson
3 Posted 10/10/2016 at 20:17:59
It's funny you mention Coleman, Don. Could it be that Seamus' recent interview alluding to young players being distracted could apply to Luke Garbutt?

I'm only thinking aloud really and have no factual basis for it, but has Luke Garbutt applied himself recently in the same way as seamus did at Blackpool?

Ian McDowell
4 Posted 10/10/2016 at 20:34:59
This for me is the problem with English football. Garbutt, in the brief times I have seen him looks fast and has a great delivery but hasn't played competitive football on a regular basis for many years. I can't help thinking that's held him back.
Stan Schofield
5 Posted 10/10/2016 at 20:46:42
I can't help feeling we need to give the youngsters more of a chance, like in the Norwich game at the end of last season. Long gone are the days of blooding teenagers like Harvey, Royle and Whittle to great effect in top 1st team games. Unfortunately.
Phil Sammon
6 Posted 10/10/2016 at 21:01:30
'It's the only line of work whereby you put a graft in Monday to Friday and don't get really get rewarded on Saturday.'

Yeah, Luke, I don't know how you cope mate. 㾻,000 a week to play footy Monday to Friday. You must cry yourself to sleep every night.

Peter Laing
7 Posted 10/10/2016 at 21:02:16
Richard, Galloway in my opinion is an entirely different kettle of fish to Garbutt. Used as an auxiliary left back; however, it would appear that his long term future will be as a left-sided centre half. Galloway needs game time and I wouldn't write him off just yet.

Garbutt – who knows what's happened to the kid, perplexing to say the least.

Brian Harrison
8 Posted 10/10/2016 at 22:01:16
There are many cases when young players are sent out on loan, then come back to their clubs better players. Then some young players are sent out on loan and eventually sign for the club they are loaned too or sign for a different club altogether. Some rejected by their original club can still go on to have a good career some even represent their country.

But football at the top flight is a hard tough business, and there are very few who come through the ranks and make it to be regular first team players. I don't know if Koeman sees a future at Everton for either Garbutt or Galloway. At present we have Coleman, Holgate, Jagielka, Williams, Baines, Oviedo and Funes Mori fighting for 4 spots. So giving Garbutt and Galloway playing time on loan makes sense for both of the players as well as the club. I am sure by this summer they will know if their future is at Everton or elsewhere.

Garry Corgan
9 Posted 10/10/2016 at 22:24:43
We don't know the half of what goes on at Finch Farm; what the coaches and manager see. Garbutt's had a couple of decent games for us but I trust that his loan spell is being monitored and that, in playing for a League One team at the age of 23, he really needs to be a regular stand-out player for Wigan to stand a chance of ever getting near our first team.

It's not just about ability. It's about attitude and application too. Only our management team are in a position to judge.

Let's hope Garbutt is good enough but, if not, no big deal. We all had high hopes for Jose Baxter, George Green, John-Paul Kissock and others too. Haven't heard a lot about them since!

Brian Williams
10 Posted 10/10/2016 at 22:44:47
The lad comes across as intelligent and level-headed, made lots of sense in what he said. Shame some on here didn't quite understand what he meant by some of the things he said and just chose to belittle him.
Ray Roche
11 Posted 10/10/2016 at 22:55:46
Brian (#8),

"At present we have Coleman, Holgate, Jagielka, Williams, Baines, Oviedo and Funes Mori fighting for 4 spots. So giving Garbutt and Galloway playing time on loan makes sense."

I agree, Brian; Jagielka, Williams, & Baines are all in their thirties and Oviedo has gone backward since his terrible injury. Galloway will be a top Premier League player in my opinion. He moves so smoothly, he makes Stones look clumsy. I rate that lad.

Kase Chow
12 Posted 10/10/2016 at 22:56:07
Nice enough guy but he's never really impressed me in an Everton shirt.

Similarly neither had Oviedo. (I think his goal at Old Trafford blinded a fair few people.)

Galloway is the real deal.

Ray Roche
13 Posted 10/10/2016 at 22:57:35
Kase, bit unfair that, Oviedo looked the real deal when he first came into the team. We'll never know what he could have been but for the injury.
Ian Riley
14 Posted 10/10/2016 at 23:53:14
Difficult to impress a manager who was a world class defender in his day! Playing in the Championship for a season will help. Come back stronger.

Keep going, lad!!!

Dave Abrahams
15 Posted 11/10/2016 at 01:08:34
Everton signed Garbutt from Leeds for about 𧾦k when he was around 17 years of age, so he was well rated and Leeds were very upset at the time. Since then, he has progressed to play for Everton in the Premier League and also in Europe without really impressing people enough to say he has the ability to become a regular in the side.

He has gone on loan to Fulham and Wigan enabling Everton to at least recoup the money they laid out on him and also at the same time giving the lad the time to learn at these clubs. He has had a few injuries, to be honest to the lad, so he is coming to the time when his potential has been assessed and his future is up to him.

It doesn't look like to me he has progressed really from when he made Everton's first team, so this season will be make or break for him even if he has another couple more years on Everton's payroll. I hope he does enough from now on to get another contract from the Blues but it looks doubtful to me.

Jay Harris
16 Posted 11/10/2016 at 05:40:28
Those singing Galloways praises obviously didnt watch him playing for the reserves once Baines was fit again last season.

He was extremely poor, lacked concentration and awareness. He has good recovery though which is just as well but IMO he is a million miles off a first team spot for a club with top 4 ambition.

Richard Lyons
17 Posted 11/10/2016 at 06:22:06
What's happened to Tyias Browning? No one seems to talk about him any more, but I thought he was great in the few games I saw him play.
Ray Roche
18 Posted 11/10/2016 at 08:24:35
Jay, the time I saw him he HAD gone off the boil, but he's 20. People are still making excuses for Lukaku and Ross due to being "only" 22 or 23. The lad will come good. Dropping down to the reserves must have been a bit of a downer for the lad and he looked much less of a player next to Holgate.
Roman Demko
19 Posted 11/10/2016 at 08:27:09
Richard Lyons:

Tyias injured his knee ligaments during an U21 match with Blackburn Rovers. It was back in December I think and he has also undergone a surgery. It takes usually 6 - 9 months to full recovery. But now he is already in training. With that kind of injury there is nowhere to rush.

Joe O'Brien
20 Posted 11/10/2016 at 08:42:20
He's injured, Richard, I think out for most of the season.
Tony Abrahams
21 Posted 11/10/2016 at 09:17:13
Seems pretty straight-forward to me about Garbutt. Good on the ball, a great left foot, but I don't think the kid can defend. Possibly because he doesn't really look as though he enjoys this part of the game.

He says the right things about going anywhere to play but, until he realises that defenders have got to be brave and sometimes have to put their bodies on the line, then I think he will continue to struggle.

Harsh but true; however, with a big fat contract before he had really proved himself, maybe the kid really doesn't have to change?

Eddie Dunn
22 Posted 11/10/2016 at 11:41:57
Barkley went out on loan and didn't do particularly well, and going back further, Ossie had his spells away and came back a better player. So perhaps Garbutt will make a good career for himself.

I suppose much will depend on the manager and whether he sees the full backs as defenders or wingers. It would appear that at present Koeman is favouring defenders who defend first and foremost, so his chances of getting in our team must be rated as slim .

On a general note, I would like to see more of our young lads getting a start.

Phil Walling
23 Posted 11/10/2016 at 16:07:27
Good to see Doddy back 'in these columns' as he was prone to say, but why isn't he following the fortunes of his great hero up at Sunderland?

It was, after all, Moyes, who signed Garbutt from Leeds although he spent most of his time on loan at the likes of Chelmsford and Colchester just like virtually every other kid we 'snap up 'from the lower leagues.

Stones and Coleman are the only exceptions.

Anthony Dwyer
26 Posted 12/10/2016 at 00:37:27
I'm inclined to believe in what I see myself in a footballer.

After the few games I have seen Garbutt play in my opinion is he's a decent player with a wand of a left foot.

He's got to be worth a chance under Koeman, his set pieces are outstanding, and he looked the part for England U21s.

Clive Rogers
27 Posted 12/10/2016 at 13:39:46
"I've got a long-term contract". Sounds like yet another embarrassing Kenwright cock-up.
Phil Smith
28 Posted 12/10/2016 at 18:28:35
I think Luke thinks he's a bit better than he really is. He could be that good, but needs the game time and a slight change in attitude.
Rick Tarleton
29 Posted 12/10/2016 at 19:36:11
I go back to what I said re Niasse, these are human beings. Three years ago, Everton were telling a young, possibly immature, lad that he was better than the then England left back, that his dead-ball skills were outstanding and that the future was golden.

As one correspondent put it, we don't know what goes on behind the closed doors at Goodison Park or Finch Farm, but now we're telling the same young lad, he's no future and is at best fourth-choice left back. Doesn't sound like the best HR around.

Footballers may earn obscene amounts of money, but they are still people and need handling with some sensitivity.

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