Everton manager Roberto Martinez explained at a press conference that the Toffees are looking forward to getting the best years out of left-back Luke Garbutt.
Garbutt is expected to be sent out on loan ahead of the new season, with the Spaniard keen for his player to play regularly and enhance his first team experience.
It’s a difficult situation for Garbutt considering Leighton Baines has substantially more experience and Brendan Galloway also possesses the ability to play towards the left hand side of the club’s back four.
Why a loan move makes sense
There’s no point Garbutt staying where he is if he’s not going to get the chance to play frequently and develop.
Hopefully Everton will be able to work out a good Premier League or top level Championship destination, where he can settle and focus on performing consistently over the course of a very long season.
Martinez will be looking for any player on loan away from Everton to firstly stay fit and then secondly to play frequently and he’s got a chance to do both if he moves.
Future at Everton
He’s already signed a new long term contract and with Baines now 30-years-old, there will be an opportunity for him to make that left-back slot his own over the next couple of seasons.
They keyword for him is going to be patience because he’s going to have to work very hard to show why he’s the best possible long term option in his position, over Galloway and anyone Martinez may be tempted into signing to replace Baines.
It will be fascinating to watch how his next ten months pan out.