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Lewis Gibson 57

Lewis Gibson, was signed from Newcastle United in the summer of 2017. The left-sided defender turned down offers from Spurs, Man City and Southampton, among several others, to join the Blues. .

He has made an impressive start to life on Merseyside so far – and has explained why the decision to join Everton was an easy one.

"The way the club is going at the moment, everything seems to be on the up,” said Gibson, while at an Everton in the Community event.

"The Under-23s won the league last year and I knew the potential the team had. And the way I play, I fitted right into their system and it was also about how much they wanted us, it showed from the start.

"Unsy and [Everton Under-23s scout] Jamie Hoyland expressed to me and my agent how much they wanted me and that helped take me to the decision."

While Gibson is now relishing working under manager Unsworth and assistant John Ebbrell, he reveals another former Blue has also made a huge impact on his fledgling career so far.

“My old manager at Newcastle [Under-18s] was Dave Watson,” he explains. “So I already had a link [to Everton] through Dave.

“Dave Watson helped me a lot and developed me as an Under-18s player and now David Unsworth is making me an Under-23s player, working on little things like positioning.

“I've come from a good place with coaches with Watson and Unsworth.

“They won the FA Cup together here and even before I came to Everton I was asking Watson about winning the FA Cup, I knew how much it meant to him and Everton fans to win it.

“Dave Watson as a person is one of the nicest people I've ever met, I've always had a soft spot for him and when I left I made sure to ring him to say thanks for what he'd done for me. I was grateful for what he'd done for me.”

Gibson would be a first choice on the teamsheet for David Unsworth, racking up the second highest appearance stats for the Under-23s in his first season at Everton, behind Bassala Sambou.

But things started badly in his second season with the Blues as he suffered a long injury layoff, and an abortive return in October that saw him stretchered off after 38 minutes against Arsenal U23s. He would not return until the New Year.


Squad number 57
Position Centre-back
Nationality England
Date of birth 19 July 2000
Height 6'-2" (1.85 m)
Joined 27 July 2017
Joined from Newcastle Utd
Signed under Ronald Koeman
Transfer fee £990k (^£6M)
Contract duration 3 years
Contract expires June 2020
Full debut Under-23s only
Previous Clubs  Newcastle Utd
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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2017-18 57 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
2018-19 57 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
  Totals 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0

Academy U21s/U23s Career

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
2017-18 Under-23s  15 (2) 8 (1) 0 0
2018-19 Under-23s 4 (0) 0 (1) 0 0

Previous Career

Season Team Appearances (sub) Goals
2014-16 Newcastle Utd 0 (0) 0

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