Everton legend Ian Snodin has told the Liverpool Echo that he wants Luke Garbutt to sign a new contract at the club, despite having his position challenged by Brendan Galloway.
Galloway started the club’s game against West Ham United last weekend, which gives Garbutt a challenge as the pair jostle for position in terms of being the long term replacements for the more experienced Leighton Baines.
“I'm sure Luke was disappointed not to be in the team but that is what football is all about, you are always battling for your place,” said Snodin.
“I would definitely like Luke to sign a new deal and stay with the club. He is a great young player, who has proved what he can do this season.”
“He's got a lovely left foot and the fans have taken to him but whatever is happening is between the manager, the club and himself.”
Garbutt has two options ahead of a long summer before pre-season and the start of the 2015/2016 campaign.
He can shy away from the challenge in front of him or he can embrace it and back himself to get ahead of Galloway in Roberto Martinez’s thought process.
It can be very easy for younger players to become intimidated by the prospect of a real battle for a place at a Premier League club and Garbutt is definitely capable of attracting a decent move elsewhere.
However, if he wants to stay with the Toffees beyond the expiration of his deal in June, he’s got to go all out to try and leave a positive impression on the mind of the manager.