The full-back, 25, who was prised away from Leeds United as a highly-regarded 16-year-old, looked to have made a permanent breakthrough into the Blues' first team when he was promoted by Roberto Martinez in the 2014-15 season.
He initially impressed as a deputy to Leighton Baines and also broke into the England U21 setup.
However, after being farmed out on loan to gain further experience at Cheltenham Town, Colchester United, Fulham and Wigan Athletic, his career has stalled and he spent most of last season back in Everton's Under-23s side.
He returned briefly to the senior picture earlier this year when former manager Sam Allardyce ran the rule over him after Baines succumbed to a medium-term injury but was eventually overlooked.
“He is a very good player and I am flattered if I'm honest that he sees Oxford as the club to help him take his career forward," said Oxford manager Karl Robinson. "I was a little bit shocked really and want to thank both Luke and his agent for the way they have looked at this and seen it as an opportunity to play regular football and put football ahead of the financial considerations. That doesn't always happen these days and has been refreshing.
“I know Luke spoke to Ryan Ledson who loved his time here, and Oxford have also helped John Lundstram and Jonjoe Kenny in recent years so Everton know he is coming to a club where we do things the right way."
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1 Posted 02/07/2018 at 15:25:50
2 Posted 02/07/2018 at 15:32:00
3 Posted 02/07/2018 at 15:35:46
4 Posted 02/07/2018 at 15:42:44
5 Posted 02/07/2018 at 16:03:48
If he has a good season, he'll attract clubs in the top two divisions. Or, maybe get a chance with us next year.
Either way, he has always seemed to handle himself well, no moaning to the media etc. So I will watch Oxford's progress this season, and I wish him well.
6 Posted 02/07/2018 at 16:25:37
7 Posted 02/07/2018 at 16:41:23
8 Posted 02/07/2018 at 16:42:39
9 Posted 02/07/2018 at 17:00:48
And another year to go after this... the club has been badly mismanaged with plenty of deals much worse than this one.
10 Posted 02/07/2018 at 17:08:05
“John Stones is hugely important to this club, of course. He's the best centre-back in England, surely, and he was never going to leave, never. There was never a moment...” the Blues owner says, leaving the sentence hanging.
“But don't forget. They said Luke Garbutt was definitely leaving, wouldn't sign a new contract. And James McCarthy. We had that where he was definitely going apparently, it wasn't even a question. Kevin Mirallas, too.
“Yet here we are with the window closed, and they all have new long-term deals. They're still here and they want to play for Everton. It's an important point.”
11 Posted 02/07/2018 at 17:21:10
12 Posted 02/07/2018 at 17:29:16
13 Posted 02/07/2018 at 17:32:54
Dave #9, not sure I can think of any deals worse than this one.
14 Posted 02/07/2018 at 17:43:32
To loan a player, the current contract stands. It's just up to the player to accept the loan and for the two clubs to work out who pays his salary or how it is split. I imagine he was willing to be loaned but not cancel his current contract, and the two clubs came to an arrangement as to how much each will pay for his remaining year.
15 Posted 02/07/2018 at 17:48:32
16 Posted 02/07/2018 at 17:53:34
Wish him all the best and hope it works for him at Oxford.
17 Posted 02/07/2018 at 17:59:14
I was really surprised when he went out on loan. But let's just say, all is not as it seems with him...
18 Posted 02/07/2018 at 18:14:02
20 Posted 02/07/2018 at 19:54:08
21 Posted 02/07/2018 at 20:55:21
Can't see him making another first team appearance for us. He will probably be shipped out for a nominal fee next summer. If he's not good enough now, I doubt he ever will be.
22 Posted 02/07/2018 at 21:12:16
23 Posted 02/07/2018 at 21:56:30
24 Posted 02/07/2018 at 00:06:28
25 Posted 03/07/2018 at 05:00:27
26 Posted 03/07/2018 at 07:01:40
We've invested so much in him, both time and money, that all avenues should be tested.
27 Posted 03/07/2018 at 07:38:34
We got stung in giving him the 5-year deal. The lad has been going through the motions for years now.
Got a nice cushy contract guessing around £30k a week for 5 years. Typical modern day footballer. No ambition to do better for himself.
28 Posted 03/07/2018 at 08:09:54
29 Posted 03/07/2018 at 09:54:29
That would have jumped his wages over Jags, and Coleman, even Hibbert. I'd guess he's on around half that.
Still leaves a lot we're paying to get him to Oxford United for (hopefully) his last 2 years on contract.
But not the huge chunk it would be at £45k per week.
30 Posted 03/07/2018 at 11:57:28
I would have offered Liam Walsh good terms to stay. Hoping it will still work out for him. I saw a quote from someone on here last year bemoaning the fact that we let a 12-year-old go to Blackpool. Win some. Lose some. That's football.
31 Posted 03/07/2018 at 12:15:14
32 Posted 03/07/2018 at 12:51:02
I doubt if any lad in his position is on top of the world as they sign for Oxford or some other lower-league side, their hopes and dreams in tatters.
33 Posted 03/07/2018 at 13:00:50
34 Posted 03/07/2018 at 13:20:19
I would love to know what you mean by 'it isn't all as it seems'. He seems to have a bit of whit about him. He wasn't caught out in the sting during his time at Fulham.
35 Posted 03/07/2018 at 13:58:31
Average salary of CEO of FTSE 250 company = £1.5M.
Much tougher kicking a ball around than running a company worth just over £1billion.
36 Posted 03/07/2018 at 14:30:47
37 Posted 04/07/2018 at 20:00:54
"I was a little bit shocked really and want to thank both Luke and his agent for the way they have looked at this and seen it as an opportunity to play regular football and put football ahead of the financial considerations..."
That doesn't sound like either EFC or Oxford together are paying his old wages... And if that is so, I wish him even more luck for this initiative!
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