Ipswich Town loanee Luke Garbutt has told TWTD that he knows Everton were watching him in action against Fleetwood Town – but isn't ruling out staying at Portman Road.
Garbutt, 26, was tipped for a huge future when Everton signed him from Leeds United way back in 2009, with many predicting England recognition over the course of his career.
Sadly, that hasn't really happened. A series of loan spells with Cheltenham Town, Colchester United, Fulham, Wigan Athletic and Oxford United didn't help take him any closer to first-team action at Everton.
Having been stuck behind Leighton Baines for most of his time at Everton, it's now Lucas Digne leading the way at left back at Goodison Park, leaving Garbutt in the shadows.
Having returned from Oxford, Garbutt was again sent to League One, joining relegated Ipswich on loan, and he has been in red-hot form for Paul Lambert's side.
Garbutt has hit three goals in five games for the Tractor Boys, including a stunning free kick against Tranmere Rovers, and he's only played so few games due to a knee injury in August.
Garbutt even played a key role in the 1-0 win at Fleetwood before the international break, as his fre kick was saved, allowing Kayden Jackson to score the rebound.
Now, Garbutt has admitted that he knows Everton watched him in that game with Fleetwood, but he's thinking more about keeping up his form for Ipswich rather than a return to Goodison Park, even suggesting that he may look to stay at Ipswich long-term, especially if they win promotion to the Championship.
“Everton were watching me at the Fleetwood game and they are pleased with the progress I’m making,” said Garbutt. “But my sole focus is on making sure I play to the best of my ability here at Ipswich and making sure we get promoted this season. Would I like to stay longer term? Well, I’ve really enjoyed my time here and I’m settled in here. The lads are brilliant, the fans are top drawer and playing in front of 20,000 people is what I want to be doing. As long as we keep doing well I don’t see why not.”
“But I’ll leave all that to my agent and the powers that be at this football club. At the moment I’m just focusing on each game as it comes and trying to perform to the best I can. If we’re promoted, Championship football would be a pull. That’s where this club should be, at the very minimum,” he added.
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