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EVERON PAST PLAYER PROFILES

Lukas Jutkiewicz

Squad number 27
Position Striker
Joined on 18 May 2007
Joined from Swindon Town
Transfer fee 400k+
Debut (Sub) v Sunderland (H)
28 December 2008
Debut (Full) Not Yet
Contract duration 4 years
Contract expires 2011
Finalé (sub) v Sunderland (H)
28 December 2008
Left Everton 26 July 2010
Destination Coventry City
Transfer Fee Undisclosed
Born Southampton
Date of birth 28 March 1989
Height 6' 3"
Nickname(s) Skywalker, Jukebox
Honours



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"One for the future"... David Moyes underlined his somewhat old-fashioned belief that the lower leagues are the best place for young talent to develop, sealing an agreement that would take 17-year-old Lukas Jutkiewicz from Swindon Town to Goodison Park in May 2007.  The 6ft 3in striker had made just eight starts for the League Two outfit, scoring three goals at the time he was signed in March, on Moyes's fifth anniversary in the management position at Everton.

However, Lukas Jutkiewicz would not actually join Everton until the summer, when the transfer window reopened.  He would continue to play at Swindon Town until the end of the 2006-07 season.  The four-year deal was initially worth £400k to Swindon, with various clauses that could see it rise to £800k or £1M, depending on what the lad went on to do in a blue shirt.

This is what the Swindon Manager Paul Sturrock had to say about the deal:

"It's a fantastic move for Lukas and a fantastic deal for the club. The money we have received is more than we received for Sam Parkin or Rory Fallon.

"Every football club in the Football League is a selling club in reality.  By selling Lukas, we may be able to bring a few more players in to benefit us over the longer term. We will receive solid, guaranteed cash and there is also a substantial sell-on built into the deal."

Jutkiewicz signed for Swindon Town when he was released from Southampton at the age of 14 and made a fantastic impression, rising through the ranks at Swindon Town's Centre of Excellence.

Lukas Jutkiewicz confirmed his move to Everton when he completed formalities on 18 May 2007, and then kinda disappeared into the Everton Reserves team for the duration.  He did hit the subs bench for three Uefa Cup games in that first season but you got the feeling he was there strictly to make up the numbers, Moyes having no intention of playing him.

In January 2008 he went out for a half-season loan to Plymouth Argyle, and it can't have been entirely coincidental that young Dan Gosling moved in the opposite direction... another one "for the future"...?

Pre-season 2008 and it was 'needs must' for the threadbare Everton squad, with Jutkiewicz getting a couple of games (while most of the squad were away) and scoring a couple of goals (in a 4-2 loss at Cambridge)... and even getting on the bench a couple of times for the first two Premier League games of the season.  Then Moyes and Kenwright finally brought in some players at the death of the transfer window and that meant a return to the shadows for Big Hand Lukas.

No loan deal immediatly, though, as his appearances on the bench came a little more frequent in light of an injury crisis to affect all four prime Everton strikers around Christmas 2008.  And that was when David Moyes finally allowed the lad a run-out in a Premier League game with minimal risk, when he came on for a few minutes at the end as Everton beat Sunderland 3-0.

The acquisition by Moyes of Jô Alves at the end of the January 2009 window, though, reset Jutkiewicz's expectations of further first-team exposure and he was farmed out on loan to Huddersfield Town for the remainder of the season.  But the 19-year-old could not score in seven outings for the Terriers and did not featured for their first team since throwing a training top to the ground after he was substituted in the first-half against Cheltenham in March 2009.

Huddersfield manager Lee Clark insists he has not fallen out with Everton boss David Moyes over his handling of loan striker Lukas Jutkiewicz.. "I explained what had gone on and how we had handled it and he was fine about it. I have also discussed things with Lukas." 

No mention of the loan deal ending early but strangely, Jutkiewicz was listed as having appeared for Everton Reserves in a friendly against Celtic at the end of April... And then there was the offhand comment heard from David Moyes that some young players in the Everton Academy simply will not make it — Lukas Jutkiewicz for example...

He played again in a couple of pre-season games in 2009 but was clearly not considered good enough and was farmed out on loan for what turned out to be the entire 2009-10 season to Motherwell.   He settled in reasonably well and started banging in a few goals, scoring 12 in all... including this fantastic one at the end of a 6-6 encounter with Hibernian:

But despite these heroics, it was no real surprise when he left Everton in the Summer of 2010 to join Coventry City for an undisclosed sum, having made just one sub appearance in three long years for David Moyes at the senior level.

By Michael Kenrick
Last updated September 2010

 


Everton Career
Season Squad
Number
League
Apps (sub)
League
Goals
Cup
Apps (sub)
Cup
Goals
Total
Apps (sub)
Total
Goals
2007-08
27
0 (0)
0
0 (0)
0
0 (0)
0
2008-09
27
0 (1)
0
0 (0)
0
0 (1)
0
2009-10
27
0 (0)
0
0 (0)
0
0 (0)
0
  Totals
0 (1)
0
0 (0)
0
0 (1)
0

 

Previous Career
Season Team Appearances (sub) Goals
2006-07 Swindon Town 16 (22) & 1 (3) 3 & 0
2007-08 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 1 (2) & 0 (1) 0 & 0
2008-09 Huddersfield (loan) 6 (1) 0
2009-10 Motherwell (loan) 33 & 3 12 & 0


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