Jagielka pleased to see fantastic Garbutt sign new Everton deal

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Phil Jagielka says that he is delighted that Luke Garbutt has committed his future to Everton after protracted negotiations that finally ended in a positive resolution last week.

The England U21 international ended months of speculation over his future by signing a new five-year contract and the Everton skipper is pleased the club have been able to keep hold of a player who he feels has massive potential.

I know he loves being here. With the way it got drawn out, I'm sure there were other offers and promises from other teams to give him first-team football," Jagielka says in the Liverpool Echo.

He's always put the effort in in training and things like that. He's a great lad and he has so much potential.

A lot of people see how technically gifted he is and how creative he can be with his left foot, he added but I think his defending is getting better and better year in, year out.

I think that's something you forget - he's only a young man and to become a good defender, you need to make some mistakes to learn from.

But when Luke has played, he's looked right at home and that proves what a fantastic player he is and is going to be.

Given the competition for places that exists that Goodison Park, Garbutt is expected to be given the opportunity to go out on loan this coming season, most likely to another Premier League club. Aston Villa and Bournemouth have been credited with interest in recent weeks but nothing has been decided yet.

"[O]ver the last couple of years, not only has [Luke] had Leighton Baines to challenge but he's had Bryan Oviedo to compete with against as well, so it's been difficult for him to get an extended amount of game time," Jagielka continued, "but I think he is definitely progressing as a left-back. When he has come in, particularly in the European games, he has done a fantastic job.

Obviously, with losing Bainesy and Bryan [to injury] towards the end of last season, Luke and Brendan Galloway were competing for that position at left-back and I'm sure there will be more time for the manager to give them in future.

I'm not sure if there is a possibility for Luke to go out on loan and getting himself a longer period of games, but I do see his future at Everton.


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Stu Smith
1 Posted 06/07/2015 at 20:14:31
Very good news! I have to admit I had given up on him signing a new contract.
Harold Matthews
2 Posted 06/07/2015 at 21:35:26
I’ll be very surprised if we don’t sell him.
Denis Richardson
3 Posted 06/07/2015 at 21:42:35
So difficult for him to get a game that even when Baines and Oviedo were both injured he still didn’t make the team......pretty sure it was touch and go whether he’d signed a couple of months ago.

Glad he’s finally signed, if we loan him for a year then at least the loanee team will cover his £30k wages whilst he gets decent experience.

Mark Riding
4 Posted 06/07/2015 at 22:06:32
Garbutt clearly believes in Martinez’s long-term plan for our side. As does Deleufeo.

The future is bright.

Colin Glassar
5 Posted 06/07/2015 at 22:12:22
Play Oviedo Left Mid, just in front of Bainsey, and that’s our left flank sorted — Del and Seamus down the right.
Mark Riding
6 Posted 06/07/2015 at 22:19:14
Agree CG. Glad your back with Roberto.
Jamie Crowley
7 Posted 06/07/2015 at 22:44:17
I’d play Seamus and Del down the right, Baines and Super Kev down the left with Garbutt as a capable backup either at LM or LB.

I hate to say this (really do) but I’d offload Oviedo and use the wages to find another LB or LM and step Garbutt up in the pecking order.

Oviedo’s injury has been terrible and he didn’t bounce back as quickly as anyone thought. We simply can’t afford to have any injury prone players filling roster spots. I’d say that goes for Gibbo as well. May be in the minority with that mindset and I feel awful saying it as I like Oviedo and Gibson a ton. It’s time to be a bit cut-throat and offload players with a history of injuries. We can’t afford to have players not playing.

I’d prefer younger, healthy, hungry players in lieu of older, injury prone ones.

If Oviedo and Gibbo are with us next season, and that appears to be what will occur, I wish them nothing but the best. But if they go down with injury and miss significant time? It’s a risk and probability I’d not take if I were Roberto.

And I am not...

Ross Edwards
8 Posted 06/07/2015 at 22:58:53
There’s no chance of Garbutt being played in LM. He’s still going to be a sub. Or sent out on loan. Although that depends on the fitness of Oviedo and Baines obviously.

Martinez probably thinks Galloway can play there too. So when Oviedo is back Luke will probably be 3rd or 4th choice.

Michael Winstanley
9 Posted 06/07/2015 at 23:04:36
I have faith in Oviedo, I think he’s a better player than Garbutt and should rightly be ahead of him for the left back spot.

I’d like to see Oviedo play further forward, he scored a few I remember that. Neat and tidy player who was getting used to regular first team football and was looking the part.

I hope for him he comes back fit and has a great pre-season and pushes for a start.

Ian Hams
10 Posted 06/07/2015 at 23:11:55
I think its a bit harsh to label Oviedo as a sick note; he suffered a horrendous double leg break — not the same as Gibbo at all.
Jack Cross
11 Posted 07/07/2015 at 01:41:08
It really pisses me off, this sending players out on loan. I’ve seen Garbutt, he’s good enough now! He should be in line to Baines, not Oviedo. Injury is part and parcel of the game but if you don’t recover back to how you were, well that’s no good to us. It might sound harsh. But that’s football.

I mean were did it get Barkley going out on loan under Moyes? Three clubs wasn’t it? Leeds, Derby and Sheffield, I think. And Ross really progressed didn’t he? He’s shite. Get shut, that’s what I’d do. Be lucky if we got £15 million for him.

Yes? Put Garbutt in the squad now!

Gavin Johnson
12 Posted 07/07/2015 at 02:57:08
Have you been drinking Elephant beer tonight Jack??
Minik Hansen
13 Posted 07/07/2015 at 02:46:10
Well, Barkley has a little break away from everything, at least from balls/Evertonians on grass. That said Oviedo will hit the ground running (he was the one with spirit and guts in January) and help pushing the team upwards.

Garbutt might go out on loan or challenge at left-back if Baines is pushed further up to midfield. I’m excited for whatever is coming this coming season.

Jack Cross
14 Posted 07/07/2015 at 03:17:31
Gavin Johnson. No Gavin, Stones, down the Lion. Haha.
Harold Matthews
15 Posted 07/07/2015 at 07:00:56
For me, Galloway is much safer than Garbutt and, the way Martinez plays things, the fullbacks need to be good defenders.
Clive Rogers
16 Posted 07/07/2015 at 11:51:00
He shouldn’t be going anywhere on loan now that Baines and Oviedo are not fit to travel to Singapore.
Jamie Crowley
17 Posted 07/07/2015 at 20:55:14
I agree with Jack @11 – in my opinion, what I’ve seen from Garbutt, I’d place him ahead of Oviedo. I’d rather, this year in particular, see Everton move in a younger direction with Garbutt playing a larger role as well as Besic. I think our young kids are very talented and can adapt.

And yes, it’s harsh as hell with a double leg break to send a player packing. But in my opinion Garbutt offers everything Oviedo can and I’d also not hesitate to cameo him at LM.

All about opinions...

Jamie Crowley
18 Posted 07/07/2015 at 21:00:43
Question for Harold, if you have a chance to respond. You say, "Galloway is much safer than Garbutt and, the way Martinez plays things, the fullbacks need to be good defenders."

Last season Coleman and Baines didn’t bomb forward near as much as 2013-14. My recollection of 2013-14 was Coleman and Baines or Oviedo almost recklessly moving way up the pitch, whereas last season we seemed to be much more conservative and they "stayed home" more often.

Harold, wouldn’t you rather see a return to the 2013-14 way of playing? Ergo, Garbutt ahead of Galloway at LB and therefore a more attacking side and intent?

I think one of the negatives last season was our FBs not getting forward – an Everton without that sin miedo approach. I’d prefer we play much more like we did in 2013-14, which for me precipitates Garbutt in front of Galloway at LB. Do you agree?

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