Why we won't see Luke Garbutt in the first team until at least January

Tuesday 17 October 2017  19 Comments  [Jump to last]

Despite there being an apparent lack of competition for places in Everton's left-back position for the first team, fans won't be seeing Luke Garbutt any time soon.

Garbutt can't play for the first team until January — because he wasn't registered for the Everton squad in any competition.

Usually, players from the U23s side wouldn't have a problem with progressing into the first team when they impress, due to the fact that they are below 23 years of age and within the FA's guidelines.

However, with Garbutt being 24-years-old, he needed to be registered before the campaign started - and missed out on both the Europa League and the Premier League squads for at least the first half of this season.

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Barry Williams
1 Posted 18/10/2017 at 04:08:03
I have just read about Garbutt not being eligible to play until January and the word 'disorganized' popped into my head. Everyone knows Baines is no youngster anymore and his game time, like most in their 30s, needs managing. We didn't get the left sided defender, who I assumed would cover both LB and LCB, but let Galloway go on loan.

So potentially we had 3 left-sided defenders at the club, but can now only use one. We let 3 strikers go, didn't get our main target, but still didn't have Niasse registered for the Europa League. Again, it seems a bit odd.

Yes, these things can be down to timings, but we seemed to be hedging our bets on possible would be signings that never materialized over actual players that we have at the club.

Jamie Sweet
2 Posted 18/10/2017 at 04:28:07
Whoever is responsible for this should be fired.

Hopefully it was Ronald.

Ian Hollingworth
3 Posted 18/10/2017 at 06:42:04
Why are we surprised? This is Everton FC.

I am convinced more each day that Moshiri's reign is just an extension to Kenwright's. Our pain will continue...

Colin Glassar
4 Posted 18/10/2017 at 07:51:58
Another fine mess you've gotten me into, Ollie.
Victor Jones
6 Posted 18/10/2017 at 12:21:10
And yes I know that Garbutt is not the answer to all our problems. But he is an option. An option that our manager has decided is surplus to requirements. Other wise he would have been alloted a squad number.

Koemans treatment of certain players is now coming back to haunt him. Players need to be respected. Loved. Cherished. Nurtured. Trained properly. Pointed in the right direction. Although I just get the feeling that Caveman is not that bothered.

Let's just hope that he doesn't get to sell Davies or Lookman. Because those two will become England greats in my opinion. I just hope that we don't lose them. Also Barkley Also Dowell...Kenny.. Even Niasse. And all those guys that haven't even got a sniff of first team football.

We need a new manager ASAP. A manager that will save our season.But more importantly . Save our talented youngsters. Let's give them a proper chance before Caveman ships them all out.

Valencia to Everton. And Koeman has learnt nothing. Nothing changes. That should be our new motto.

Alan J Thompson
8 Posted 18/10/2017 at 16:00:16
Another stupid regulation. What is the point in having to register your players and then name them in a squad in order to get the chance of being selected. If he was sent out on loan he wouldn't be able to play against us nor be eligible to play for us.

What was it they used to say about social workers; social problems increase in proportion to the number of social workers you have.

Phil Walling
9 Posted 18/10/2017 at 16:24:08
There's probably a £25 admin charge for each player you register. No good chucking away £25 when the manager has made it clear Garbutt is not in his plans. I wonder if he's got a locker?
Andrew Keatley
10 Posted 18/10/2017 at 16:34:43
Shambles. Again. Although if Garbutt was pulling up trees in the Under-23s then it'd be more galling than it is; despite the lack of form Baines is in, I doubt Garbutt would be offering much more.

Considering we have got three left-sided defenders out on loan (Connolly, Galloway and Robinson) it seems to be an added oversight – but maybe there was a greater appetite to take those younger players on loan than there was for Garbutt (who must be on higher wages).

Tony Abrahams
11 Posted 18/10/2017 at 16:56:36
I really don't understand why any player would need a locker to be honest Phil. The club will supply training kit every day, and I'm sure the players will leave their boots at Finch Farm, so as long as they have got a peg to put their clothes on, they should be alright.

What's in the locker? Shampoo, deodorant, aftershave, a mobile phone, and a hairbrush probably.

Dave Abrahams
12 Posted 18/10/2017 at 17:07:35
Maybe they started using lockers when one player, alledgely, was caught dipping the other players' pockets after they where left hanging up.

That was a good few years ago so it doesn't apply to any of today's squad... although several have been robbing a living this season.

The first paragraph is true and no Martin (The Duke), I can't prove the second one is true but I believe it is apparent to many on here and even yourself Martin after you watched Sunday's shambles.

Paul Thompson
13 Posted 18/10/2017 at 17:43:00
Garbutt wasn't registered because he wasn't thought to be good enough following two loan spells in which he could barely get in the respective teams. Now, after a few decent games for the U23s, he joins others in the mythic hero category, defined by not having a locker or some other awful mistreatment by the 'man'.

I hope his rehabilitation in the U23s continues and, if it does, the club can reconsider the position. I'd actually be more critical of letting all the other left-back options go out on loan.

Phil Davies
14 Posted 18/10/2017 at 17:53:54
This is where I feel there is too much sentimentality within the club. Howard should have had a young replacement brought in during Moyes's last season; Jagielka should have had a young replacement brought in 3 years ago; Baines the same.

Instead, management is waiting till these players are in their mid-30s and clearly haven't got the legs anymore until a replacement is eventually brought in.

Des Farren
16 Posted 18/10/2017 at 19:58:38
We badly need a replacement for Baines who has been poor for a long time.

Garbutt, imo, is just not up to it... nothing to do with Koeman.

Bill Gienapp
18 Posted 19/10/2017 at 18:24:42
Garbutt hasn't done anything for three years and has had multiple failed loan stints – one impressive free kick for the U23 side doesn't suddenly change that.

And for all the talk of why we let Galloway go, he can't even hold down a starting spot for a wretched Sunderland side, so what's he going to do for us? Yes, we desperately need cover for Baines, but it's not worth pinning your hopes on these guys.

That Dutch kid – Riedewald – who ended up signing for Crystal Palace seemed like a promising option. Too bad we couldn't get a deal done.

Jimmy Sørheim
19 Posted 19/10/2017 at 19:25:51
Garbutt has been doing well for us, but has failed at all other clubs.
I would put him in again and see if he has just been homesick all along.

There is no other alternative then Garbutt really.

David Hallwood
20 Posted 19/10/2017 at 20:08:01
Brewery up in couldn't piss a organise
Shane Corcoran
21 Posted 20/10/2017 at 12:10:11
Hang on. Is it not the case that you can only register a certain number of players and Garbutt wasn't thought good enough to make the list?

If so, what's the issue?

David Currie
22 Posted 21/10/2017 at 03:05:23
Good, he is shit.
Gavin Johnson
23 Posted 21/10/2017 at 03:52:41
I believe the need to buy a young top-quality left-back is an even bigger priority in Jan than getting another centre-back.

As for Luke Garbutt, he's not good enough. He can't defend!

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