Everton manager Roberto Martinez used the Europa League last night as a chance to give a number of younger players a chance to impress in front of a Goodison Park crowd.
With top spot in their group already secured, it was a good chance for the youngsters on show to impress the Spaniard as well as the home fans, as they look for more frequent chances in Martinez’ first team.
One youngster who got a chance and excelled in his role was Luke Garbutt playing at left-back.
He’s perhaps one of the most unfortunate players at a Premier League club because he plays in the same position as Leighton Baines, who has been one of the Premier League’s most consistent players since he joined the Toffees.
However, he did his claim to the left-back spot on a regular basis no harm at all with good attacking forward runs, good delivery into the box and a solid game defensively, which made him difficult to get the better of for Krasnodar’s attacking players.
The aim for Garbutt now is to try and get chances in more important games and across a variety of competitions.
He was thrown into the side because the pressure was off Everton, but he needs to create the perception in the mind of the boss that he’s a good option to have in difficult situations further into the season.
Here’s what Everton fans on Twitter had to say about Garbutt’s performance.
We have finally found somebody who can put a decent delivery into the box #Garbutt— Jack Flaherty (@Jack_Flaherty) December 11, 2014
This boy #Garbutt has a superb delivery on him. Been impressed so far ☝— Billy (@Billitelli) December 11, 2014