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Everton close to agreement with Lewis Gibson

| 14/07/2022 16comments  |  Jump to last

Lewis Gibson is set to agree new terms with Everton as he tries to get his career back on track with another loan move.

The defender's contract with the club expired two weeks ago which technically makes the Academy player a free agent and there had been talk of him moving on to fresh pastures after five years with the Blues.

However, it is rumoured that he has reached agreement with the club on a new contract that will allow him to take a temporary move, most likely to the Championship, for the 2022-23 season.

Gibson was pried away from Newcastle United in a deal potentially worth £6m in 2017 as a high-rated prospect but has battled a series of injuries that have hampered his development and ability to break into Everton's first team.

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Three of his five seasons with the Toffees have been spent on loan and Gibson, who will turn 22 next week, is expected to be farmed out again once his new deal is confirmed having remained behind on Merseyside and not joined the rest of his club-mates as they jetted out to America on Monday.

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Pat Kelly
1 Posted 14/07/2022 at
Could we not just sign someone who is capable of playing in the Premier League. Radical idea but it might be worth a shot. Preferably before the season starts.
Lee Courtliff
2 Posted 14/07/2022 at
The odds of him making it for us are now minimal. At best. All we can do is hope he makes a decent impression in the Championship and someone gives us a couple of million for him.

Good luck to the lad, he deserves it after so many injuries.

Alan J Thompson
3 Posted 14/07/2022 at
I have some sympathy for Lewis Gibson. Signed as a promising youngster who we seem unable to improve, then send him out on loan to lower league clubs hoping that will… and then, at an age when he should at least be threatening to break through to the first-team squad, offer him a new contract for an undisclosed period while the rest jet out on a pre-season tour.

I could be and might well be totally wrong but something just doesn't seem right. It reminds me, not that it is the same, of Gerry Humphries and Harry Catterick who agreed to release a statement saying they had had a disagreement and owing to this Everton were prepared to let him go.

And then there is what Jarrad Branthwaite makes of it all.

Brian Wilkinson
4 Posted 14/07/2022 at
I feel for Gibson, he was a very calm and composed defender. I had him down as one for the future, then injuries struck and Branthwaite jumped ahead of him.

If he can put his injuries behind him, I still have hopes for him.

It does look likely that his chance has come and gone at Everton but, wherever he goes, I just hope his luck changes, there is certainly a player in him.

Kevin Prytherch
5 Posted 14/07/2022 at
If he was officially a free agent for 2 weeks and we re-sign him, does that make any future payments to Newcastle obsolete?
Scott Montgomery
6 Posted 14/07/2022 at
The illustrious leaders of our club do realise a competition starts in about 3 weeks right?

I know Lewis Gibson is like a new signing and all, but we finished an arse hair away from relegation and have since swapped 1 x Richarlison and 1 x Branthwaite for a Tarkowski. That maths adds up to diddly fecking squat.

Ciarán McGlone
7 Posted 14/07/2022 at
This is hugely depressing stuff.
Danny Baily
8 Posted 14/07/2022 at
Like a new signing.
Tom Bowers
9 Posted 14/07/2022 at
It's the same old, same old where Everton is concerned and in fact many other clubs too.

Very few young hopefuls can get into the Premier League team, at least on a consistent basis, because the demand for immediate impact is so great.

They can look very good at Acadamy level and other levels, eg, loan spells in Scotland and the lower leagues, but stepping up is a big proposition for many of them and they themselves expect too much too quickly.

Everton have had their share of failures throughout the years and I agree that the likes of Branthwaite, Simms and Gibson plus a few others may just become also-rans.

Stu Darlington
10 Posted 14/07/2022 at
Fair shout, Tom. Although I would say we have had more than our fair share of failures.
Disagree about Branthwaite though, I think a season at PSV could be the making of him.
Bernie Quinn
11 Posted 14/07/2022 at
Oh dear - yawn, yawn, here we go again giving new contracts to our young players. Tick-tock Look at the clock Everton -- we are fast losing all the potential players we need NOW!
Kieran Kinsella
12 Posted 14/07/2022 at
It's reported as a 1-year deal.

So essentially we are taking on his wages then hoping to send him elsewhere and possibly have that team cover some of his wages.

At the end of the season, he's a free agent. How does that help Everton in any way shape or form?

Neil Copeland
13 Posted 15/07/2022 at
Kieran, I was thinking exactly the same, seems like a very odd move. For a club that had no money to waste, we certainly know how to, well... waste it.
Ben King
14 Posted 15/07/2022 at
What Is The Point????

There's some things that just don't make sense. Like our signing of Eric Dier and never playing him.

This ‘re-signing' seems equally pointless.

Dupont Koo
15 Posted 15/07/2022 at
Similar to the contract extension with Iversen, the new Thelwell regime needs time to make a final decision on Gibson (and to build up his sales value, as nominal as it might be). As long as the new salary is not outrageous to the level that Championship or League One clubs can't even take on at least 20 to 30% of it during the loan, this is a good move.

Fingers crossed also that the babysitting team Thelwell has put in place to monitor and support the loanees across the country would also allow Gibson (and others like Astley, Joao Virginia and Tyrer) to better concentrate and utilise their times away from Finch Farm.

Paul Kossoff
16 Posted 15/07/2022 at
Hallelujah, brothers – we are saved!

Thank you, Uncle Bill, for all your professional negotiations behind the scenes, such as re-signing players who are deemed not good enough to be given a contract in the first place, then signing them up and sending them out on loan for a year so that new contract can run out again. Genius!!!

Now, Bill, for your skills to be used on the fucking first team... !!! God help us.

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