Everton's young central defender, Lewis Gibson, has completed a loan move to Sheffield Wednesday for the full 2021-22 League One season.
Gibson was signed by Everton for their development squad from Newcastle United in the summer of 2017 but he has thus far not yet been able to break through to the first team, with two previous loan spells on his CV already.
With the centre-back position well covered in Carlo Ancelotti's squad last season, he joined Reading on loan for the 2020-21 campaign as Everton sought to get him as much first-team exposure as possible, particularly after Jarrad Branthwaite had moved ahead of him in the pecking order for the first-team squad.
But it took quite some time for Gibson to get off the bench and have any involvement with the Reading first-team: he played in only 4 games through the first half of the season before picking up a quadriceps injury in December that kept him out for a month.
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Things didn't really get that much better with the young Everton player spending an awful lot of time on the bench and making only 7 starts in the entire campaign.
Gibson has another year on his Everton contract but he has recently turned 21 and it seemed unlikely that he would be integrated into new manager Rafael Benitez's squad.
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1 Posted 07/08/2021 at 10:38:38
2 Posted 07/08/2021 at 10:47:17
Against the then league leaders he ran the game and was the stand out player.
A move which enables him to be a leader on the field, which all centre backs have to be, could be the making of him.
Good luck to the lad. I will be taking in a Wednesday game this year.
3 Posted 07/08/2021 at 11:05:15
4 Posted 07/08/2021 at 11:05:34
As a club we seem better placed now to help these youngsters develop. I hope so anyway.
And hopefully Gibson gets back on track at Sheff Wed.
5 Posted 07/08/2021 at 11:09:24
6 Posted 07/08/2021 at 11:12:26
Likewise, hope it works out for Lewis, on loan at The Owls, with him coming with back more experience, who knows what our CB situation will be like at the end of this Window, let alone next season, where he may get more chances to impress.
I like the lad, and has always seemed okay when I have seen him in the U-23's or in pre-seasons.
7 Posted 07/08/2021 at 11:32:52
8 Posted 07/08/2021 at 12:12:39
9 Posted 07/08/2021 at 12:23:43
Unless he has an excellent season with Sheffield Wed, I think his time at Everton is done, he has plenty of ability but has been held back by injuries, and possibly by coming to Everton which has already been stated on a previous post.
10 Posted 07/08/2021 at 12:36:13
This is one of many who have just not progressed as well as they should have done.
I know there are quite a few clubs who seem to have the same issue, but I think its about time we totally overhauled our youth team set up to bring it into the modern era with top class specialist coaches and not just someone who has played for Everton in the past. Just because someone has their coaching badges doesnt mean they are good at bringing on young players.
Hopefully once we sort out the many issues of the first team squad and get rid of the deadwood we can concentrate on developing our younger players and have room to give them an opportunity in the first team.
11 Posted 07/08/2021 at 17:43:07
12 Posted 09/08/2021 at 18:46:22
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