Former Leeds United prodigy Luke Garbutt another testament to their youth system

Everton Logo at Goodison Park

The Everton left-back is set to start against Dynamo Kiev this evening.

This evening Everton take on Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League last 16. The tough tie against the Ukrainian outfit certainly has added pressure. After Chelsea's exit from the Champions League last night, and Arsenal and Manchester City unlikely to progress, Everton remain England's best shot at European glory this season - albeit the Europa League.

For one player set to start the game, it is a position we doubt he had envisaged a couple of months ago.

With Leighton Baines and Bryan Oviedo both injured it is former Leeds United full-back Luke Garbutt who will start for Everton at left-back.

The talented defender is out of contract in the summer, but considering his recent good form, that looks unlikely to remain the case for long.

Leeds have once again proved just how impressive their youth academy is this season. The likes of Sam Byram, Charlie Taylor, Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook are testament to that fact.

But it is also players like Garbutt, who they could not keep hold of, who show just how impressive an array of talent they produce.

Garbutt joined Everton in 2009. The Toffees confirmed at the time, as reported by The Telegraph, that he cost them £600,000 in compensation when Garbutt was just 16.

Now he is set to star in a Europa League tie at Goodison Park, with his boss Roberto Martinez tipping him for an international future with England.

Another Leeds boy done good. If only the Harrogate lad had stayed at Elland Road.

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