Everton make interesting call as Luke Garbutt reportedly heads to Ipswich

(EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Luke Garbutt during an Everton FC training session at USM Finch Farm on March 6, 2018 in Halewood, England.

Everton’s Luke Garbutt has been linked with Ipswich Town.

(EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Luke Garbutt during an Everton FC training session at USM Finch Farm on March 6, 2018 in Halewood, England.

According to the Ipswich Star, Ipswich Town are set to sign Everton’s Luke Garbutt on a season-long loan deal.

The report claims the left-sided player is to join up with Ipswich’s squad for the back end of their pre-season training camp in Germany and he will become the club’s fourth addition this summer.

Garbutt was once seen as a long-term replacement for Everton defender Leighton Baines. However, now at 26, it seems this could be the player’s final season contracted to the Goodison Park club.

 

The former England U21 international’s contract at Everton expires next summer. It seems strange the Toffees would allow him to leave on loan now and likely allow him to walk away for free in 2020.

After an impressive season as a left-sided midfielder for League One side Oxford United last season, Everton would surely have been better off trying to cash in on him now, however small the fee may likely be.

Ipswich allowed Jonas Knudsen to depart Portman Road this summer, while they reportedly missed out on a deal for left winger Danny Mayor who ended up joining Plymouth Argyle.

Luke Garbutt of Everton in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on March 1, 2015 in London, England.

Garbutt, therefore, will offer the Tractor Boys options at both left-back and left midfield.

Paul Lambert’s side will be gunning for promotion this season following their relegation from the Championship, and they arguably have the biggest budget in League One.

Garbutt’s career no doubt hasn’t gone the way he planned, but Ipswich could offer him the chance of a fresh start and a confidence-building season in League One may be the springboard for better things to come.

Luke Garbutt of England in action during the UEFA Under21 European Championship match between England and Italy at Andruv Stadium on June 24, 2015 in Olomouc, Czech Republic.

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