Luke Garbutt is allowed to play for Everton on Wednesday night despite not being registered in the Toffees’ original squad.
Everton outcast Luke Garbutt has one more chance to show he deserves a place in Sam Allardyce’s Toffees squad on Wednesday night, as the Merseyside club face Leicester City at Goodison Park.
The 24-year-old left-back was ostracised by former manager Ronald Koeman at the start of the season, with the Dutchman opting to leave him out of Everton’s 25-man Premier League squad.
It has forced Garbutt, who is earning £27,500 a week according to the Daily Star, to watch on from the sidelines for the entire 2017-18 campaign as Everton struggle to turn transfer fees into Premier League points.
However, he could be in line for a final chance to shine at Everton if Allardyce decides to throw him in at the deep end to solve his left-back woes and shine against Leicester City in the Toffees’ midweek clash.
Premier League rules allow clubs to submit a new squad for every January game in order to allow top-tier English sides to include new signings – something which Everton have done this month to include Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun.
That can see Garbutt handed a temporary place among Everton’s first team, something which Allardyce did against West Bromwich Albion last time out. He was part of the 20-man squad, but failed to make the seven-man bench.
Everton require a left-back as right-footed defender Cuco Martina continues to play out of position on the left side of defence, with his performances of late being well below par. Leighton Baines remains sidelined with a calf injury.
Giving Garbutt the chance to shine in the blue of Everton and finally having an impact for the Merseyside club will hinge on whether Allardyce starts him on Wednesday, in what is his last chance to earn a place in the Everton 25-man squad for the second half of the season.
If he is overlooked by Allardyce, he will not be given the chance to showcase his talents and that could see Allardyce look elsehwere instead of Garbutt for a place in his squad.