Oxford seeking Garbutt return

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Oxford United's manager says that his club is in contact with Everton and Luke Garbutt about the possibility of the fullback returning to the Kassam Stadium for the upcoming season.

Garbutt spent last season on loan with the League Two club and made 36 appearances and the Us are hoping to bring him back, presumably on a temporary basis once more.

Oxford United's manager says that his club is in contact with Everton and Luke Garbutt about the possibility of the fullback returning to the Kassam Stadium for the upcoming season.

Karl Robinson told the Oxford Mail, "We're still speaking to Garbs and his parent club. We would be looking for a left-footed player. Ideally, we'll bring Garbs back."

Garbutt, 26, has a year left on his Everton contract.  

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James Flynn
1 Posted 24/06/2019 at 15:37:35
As tough as it is to say, yes make the deal.

Has it only been 10 years?

Kristian Boyce
2 Posted 24/06/2019 at 15:53:44
Problem is, are Oxford going to manage to come up with the reported £25k a week to match what he's on now? I'd hope that a 26-year-old would want to go play football instead of sitting in our reserves.
Robert Leigh
3 Posted 24/06/2019 at 15:56:20
Let him go for free – he seemed to settle there and they clearly want him; no chance of a fee given his reported contract (£40k a week I think when he re-signed?).

Looked good in Europe but it just hasn't worked out, mind you Koeman leaving him out of the squad with no other recognised left-back after Baines will forever be a mystery.

Jim Bennings
4 Posted 24/06/2019 at 16:00:34
How is this fella still at Everton when he hasn’t kicked a ball for us in how many seasons?

We really need to start looking at this loaning of players and find something at the end that’s going to be permanent.

Alan J Thompson
5 Posted 24/06/2019 at 16:08:55
You would have to ask if they'd take him on a "free" with a percentage of any future transfer just to lower the wage bill.
Kevin Dyer
6 Posted 24/06/2019 at 16:15:58
Christ, Garbutt's not out of contract yet?

Sadly, letting him go on a free to Oxford won't be an option. I think he's on something like £25k pw, cannot see them getting anywhere near that so we're stuck with loaning him out and getting a small amount of his wages paid.

I mean, he's now a 26-year-old League 2 level player, highly unlikely to play even at Championship level in the future. We're paying him the wage of a backup EPL player for another 12 months.

To go on a free he'd have to agree to tear up his existing contract and get paid by Oxford. He'd be a buffoon to do that. This is the last year to earn very good money for a player of his calibre.

James Stewart
7 Posted 24/06/2019 at 16:27:14
26? Forgot he was even on the books. Should have been released years ago.
James Hughes
8 Posted 24/06/2019 at 16:29:15
Alan, love your optimism on any future transfer fee but I have a feeling that is a non-starter.

The man is 26 and should be at his peak but is still scratching around. The only thing he has been consistently good at is, well not playing like a top player.

I hope he has been saving his wages as I think he is about to get a major dose of real life. I wish him luck.

Alan J Thompson
9 Posted 24/06/2019 at 16:34:28
I know, James, but if someone would offer £1.9M for Robinson, it might just make them think that the bloke they want back may be worth the punt and who knows, for a longer contract at Oxford, Garbutt may also do.
John Pickles
10 Posted 24/06/2019 at 17:31:52
He'll probably earn more in the last year of his Everton contract than all the rest of his playing career combined.
Christy Ring
11 Posted 24/06/2019 at 17:39:33
Garbutt has a year left on his contract, supposedly £25k a week. Oxford couldn't even afford to pay 10%, so there's no way he's going to leave, and you can't blame him.

All this paper talk regarding Tierney now, Rose earlier... is there something going on with Digne?

Si Smith
12 Posted 24/06/2019 at 18:07:05
Let's have it right, Garbutt played a blinder with his contract, he's never lived up to expectation, but what can we do? We gave him the contact.

Just like Mirallas, Martina, Williams and many others, they are not worth to the club what we offered, but we offered it to get or keep them here and they signed.

Fact is, if we move Garbutt on permanently this season, we will owe him a big chunk of money to make up the difference in wages.

You can't blame the lad for taking all that he could from his deal.

Steve Ferns
13 Posted 24/06/2019 at 18:16:22
We can't cancel the contract or just release him. Both are the same and require us to pay the contract in full. Basically, we'd have to pay whatever was left of the £6m contract.

Garbutt is never going to get this money again. Let's be fair to the lad, he's got the contract fair and square. With hindsight, it was an appalling decision, but it was one taken by the Everton management. There's no reason why he should forgo the contract.

Instead, we should give him to Oxford for free and agree to pay his wages for the duration of the contract. We should agree that we receive 50% of any future transfer fee. We should also try to secure as big a contribution to his wages for the final season as Oxford can realistically afford.

Kieran Kinsella
14 Posted 24/06/2019 at 18:27:45
I would just pay him off. If we loan him, we will get minimal cash from Oxford but have the liability if he gets injured.
Kenny Smith
15 Posted 24/06/2019 at 18:28:22
Why is he still on the books? Not even a Championship team are in for him so there's no way he's getting in our side — even for a League Cup game.
Andy Riley
16 Posted 24/06/2019 at 18:35:29
To be fair, when he signed that contract he was the England Under-21 left back and we had high hopes for him. There was supposedly a lot of interest in him including allegedly from across the park.

If I recall most fans were pleased when he was secured long term. He then got a really bad injury on loan at Fulham.

Every offer of a new contract is a gamble of sorts and this one didn't come off.

Justin Doone
17 Posted 24/06/2019 at 18:59:45
Now Baines has signed a 1-year deal (tongue in cheek) Garbutt can be offered 6 months upfront lump sum to get rid and then he's free to sign for whoever he wants.

Decent player but, like so many promising teens, he never developed or improved from his teenage years. Sometimes it's attitude, sometimes confidence... or simply not good enough — but all the best to him.

Mike Gaynes
18 Posted 24/06/2019 at 19:03:38
Send him to Oxford.

On a Rhodes Scholarship.

It would be cheaper.

Pat Kelly
19 Posted 24/06/2019 at 19:41:30
Everton in the Community
Bill Gienapp
21 Posted 24/06/2019 at 19:52:57
Remember when it looked as if Garbutt might leave, but we signed him to a new deal and it seemed like such a coup? Fun times.
David Pearl
22 Posted 24/06/2019 at 22:08:03
He did look good a few years ago though, didn't he? Who'd've thought that he wouldn't make the grade along with Galloway and Browning. Shame but they've set themselves up. I got injured too early. Now I'm living in a tent.
Mike Gaynes
23 Posted 24/06/2019 at 22:12:30
Bill and David, all a matter of perception I guess. I was never the slightest bit impressed with the guy and thought the new deal was foolish. He was a left foot, that's it.
John G Davies
24 Posted 24/06/2019 at 22:13:26
Very good going forward, good crosser of the ball. Not good defensively.

I wish him well.

David Pearl
25 Posted 24/06/2019 at 23:27:30
He looked classy and full of confidence. That can normally take you places. Like Fulham and Oxford obviously.

It's a fine line between success and not so much. Brands wants to buy young and then have the possibility to improve and double the values. He's done well so far but it's not always going to work.

This Neves kid, might go on to be a world beater... or might turn out to be a flash in the pan. Sessegnon and Wan-Bissaka are big risks too. It's a weird time for football fees. And a potentially very dangerous one if a club makes a few wrong moves.

Kevin Dyer
26 Posted 25/06/2019 at 00:22:30
Crikey, you lads suggesting we get a sell-on for a player we don't want from a skint League Two team need to have a word with yourselves!
Derek Thomas
27 Posted 25/06/2019 at 01:26:38
Let him go on a 'free', save £30 grand a week for a year. He and Oxford can decide what his future wages will be, we won't be paying them. What's not to like.
Fran Mitchell
28 Posted 25/06/2019 at 01:55:39
Derek, if you were Garbutt, and you had yourself a 1-year contract that is worth over a million pounds, would you just leave for another club that will likely pay a 10th or less of that salary?

His last year on his contract will earn him more than he'll earn for the rest of his life. So if you were him, would you accept not receiving what is owed?

People can say "he should think of his career". But you reckon his wife and kids (if he has) would agree to having their living standards wrecked? There is a difference to players who take pay cuts from £150k a week to £80k a week to play football, between earning a millionaire salary or basic League Two wage

We are stuck with Garbutt's wages for another year.

Terry Underwood
29 Posted 25/06/2019 at 09:30:44
Let him go to Oxford, on condition they let our scouts run their eye over their players with first refusal. Many gems have been found in lower leagues: Trevor Steven, Big Nev, Ian Rush etc...
Simon Smith
30 Posted 25/06/2019 at 10:39:32
Hardly current players, are they, Terry?
David Ellis
31 Posted 27/06/2019 at 02:59:25
Do people not read other peoples posts?? Stop saying we can release him on a free as if this is some kind of solution. He's on a CONTRACT ffs. There's nothing free about it.
Alan J Thompson
32 Posted 27/06/2019 at 15:44:51
David (#31);

My idea is that, if Everton offer to pay his wages for the rest of his contract (1 year?) if he will sign for Oxford at no transfer fee (a free), and then ask Oxford to pay us his first years wages thus getting something however small, what do they pay at that level 1 to 2,000 p week. It just raises the possibility of a win-win if his contract at Oxford is more than a year. Small it may be but how many have we in this situation.

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