Brendan Galloway has today agreed a new contract with Everton, as confirmed by the official website.
The young defender, 19, has been one of the standout players in Everton’s strong team this season, marauding the left flank as if he was a much more experienced player.
In the absence of Leighton Baines, Galloway has established himself as first-choice left-back, and it is hard to imagine that Baines will walk straight back into a starting role now that he is back and ready to play again after injury.
The former MK Dons youngster, who moved to Goodison Park in 2014, has made 16 of his total 18 Everton appearances this term, missing just one Premier League game - against Spurs - through injury.
He is one of many young players currently excelling under the stewardship of Roberto Martinez, and tying him down to 2020 ensures his long-term future will be on Merseyside.
Galloway spoke on the deal, as quoted by the official website, expressing his delight at extending his contract.
“I’m really happy to commit my future here,” the youngster said said. “This is a club that has got so much young talent and is moving forward. It’s great to be able to commit to being a part of that.”
Following the confirmation of the news, Everton fans took to Twitter to express their delight that the Toffees have tied down a real star of the future.
Great to see Galloway has signed a new contract, one of the best young talents at the club and has been unreal this season #efc— Henry Futcher (@futcher_henry05) December 10, 2015
I'm proper made up about Galloway signing on again you know— Sam Oultram (@ModSam1) December 10, 2015
Hard not to be impressed with Galloway. Out of position, deputising for the best LB in the league and been brilliant. Deserved new deal #EFC— Matt Jones (@MattJFootball) December 10, 2015
Getting Galloway signed to a new contract was a great piece of business. The lads filled in excellently for Baines. Bright future. #EFC— Nick Way (@wicknay4) December 10, 2015
Great to see another top youngster tied down for the long term #Galloway— Gaz M (@GazM1878) December 10, 2015
Great news Galloway signing a new long term deal.— Just Dave (@SirDaveStephen) December 10, 2015
amazing news #efc brendon galloway signs long term contact. great forward thinking by the club !! COYB's— Kirk (@kpps) December 10, 2015
Great news about Brendan Galloway signing a new contract. Has been superb while Bainesy has been out n will become a top class centre half.— Kev (@KevBlank9) December 10, 2015
Great news about Galloway.. The future's bright, the future's blue— Alex Yarker (@Yarkubu) December 10, 2015