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Garbutt to Be Confirmed Ahead of Interwetten Cup
Thursday, 11th Jul 2019 17:57

Luke Garbutt’s season-long loan from Everton is expected to be confirmed either tomorrow or Saturday, TWTD understands. As revealed earlier, the Blues are closing in on adding the 26-year-old to their squad for their 2019/20 League One campaign.

Once the deal is confirmed Garbutt will join up with his new team-mates in Germany and seems likely to make his first appearance in a Town shirt in one of the 45-minute games at the Interwetten Cup in Meppen on Sunday.

The Blues have been in the market for a left-back this summer with Jonas Knudsen having departed at the end of last season.

Myles Kenlock was the only other established left-sided full-back, although Tristan Nydam, primarily a central midfielder, can play that role and filled in during the second half at Paderborn on Saturday.

Garbutt joined Everton’s youth set-up from Leeds in 2009 but has made only eight starts - three in the Premier League - and four sub appearances - two in the top flight - for the Toffeemen.

However, the 5ft 10in tall Harrogate-born left-back has gained plenty of senior experience while out on loan at Cheltenham, Colchester, Fulham, Wigan and Oxford United, where he spent the whole of last season and latterly impressed in a left wing role, another position where the Blues are looking to add strength this summer.

Contracted to Everton until the summer of 2020, Garbutt has also won England caps at U16, U17, U18, U19, U20 and U21 levels.

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runaround added 21:22 - Jul 11
Will be nice to add another player to the squad

Len_Brennan added 21:40 - Jul 11
Can play left back & left wing to a decent level, what's negative about that? Nearly everyone agrees that Kenlock is a decent option at left back, certainly for Division 1 level, but what do we do when he's injured or suspended? We need 2 players for every position. I still think Nydam is going to be a good footballer, but I'm not thrilled at the idea of him being the sole back up option for us at left back, when he's primarily a midfielder. A good signing, and as others say, could be a free full signing for us next season in the Championship, if all goes well.

BeethorpeAndy added 21:44 - Jul 11
Excellent signing! All good for me. Good competition at the back line. Clever mr Lambert!

Pilgrimblue added 22:06 - Jul 11
We'll need 1/2 loans to make this team tick and for me Garbutt could be ideal. I'm not sure about Kenlock but if this gives him competition then sobeit.
Get Murph in and I'd be very happy as even if he plays 50% then great. His strength and skill could help others.

Pilgrimblue added 22:15 - Jul 11
We'll need 1/2 loans to make this team tick and for me Garbutt could be ideal. I'm not sure about Kenlock but if this gives him competition then sobeit.
Get Murph in and I'd be very happy as even if he plays 50% then great. His strength and skill could help others.

busterjames1 added 22:20 - Jul 11
I know it was a while back but i watched him on loan at colchester and he was a class full back .So hopefully he will do ok .

BlueandTruesince82 added 22:29 - Jul 11
It might be based on last season he's here to play left wing.

Kenlock needs competition, it's up to him to earn that place ans show PL he's the man. It's about the mental as well as the physical.

Cover is needed at LB regardless of who starts.


BlueandTruesince82 added 22:34 - Jul 11
Donecian and Emanuelle at RB.... chambo if desperate but I mean desperate.

Seems Donecian has been told he'll get a chance to stake a claim before we move for anyone

Gcon added 22:59 - Jul 11

ipswichheritage added 23:02 - Jul 11
I personally wouldn’t take too much from Oxfords reviews of his winger capabilities - given they have Jordan Graham - one of (or twice) the worst player in an ITFC short history on the other side of the pitch. Hopefully he’s better than their left sided ‘winger’

MickMillsTash added 23:55 - Jul 11
Need a full back
Kenlock falls asleep and this provides competition
5 stars

tetchris added 05:47 - Jul 12
This lad is 26, been at the club 10years, played only 8 times, 3 in the PL, been out on loan numerous times. Surely, he needs to leave as it’s clear they don’t think he’s going to be a first team regular.

bluearmy84 added 05:53 - Jul 12
if anyone thinks that kenlock is the answer im sorry but hour mistaken, he is awful! i dont even think drlpping down a level will help him, we need a quality left back in and a right back because im not so sure about emmanuel either, these 2 are no longer that young they need to start producing the goods!! if you got 2 quality fullbacks that want the ball it takes so much pressure off rhe team and gives the outlet, look at norwich there best players were there fullbacks and im sorry emmanuel and kenlock are leaugue 1 or 2 at best

martin587 added 07:18 - Jul 12
An extremely good signing made under the radar.Will be a great addition to the squad.

paulcooperisgod added 08:02 - Jul 12
Watched him a lot in League one playing for Colchester and he was by far the best left back in that league so fingers crossed.

Barty added 08:44 - Jul 12
Excellent signing and much needed. Things are starting to come together for next season. A couple more signings would be great . COYB

rugbytomc added 08:56 - Jul 12
In my opinion, it makes sense. At left back we have Kenlock - great - but his back up is young Bailey Clements who whilst has undoubted potential, i'm afraid probably isn't physically strong enough to play half a season at this level yet. So bringing in someone who can cover Kenlock and cover left wing, but not buy someone permanently when we have young players coming through for those positions, makes sense to me.

Timmy - i agree we need someone on the right.

As for Evans - I don't see the need to up or down rate people, because we're all entitled to our opinions. I'd love it if we had an owner who from the start understood football and had put the building blocks in place for us to progress in the sickening way the inbreds up the road have. However, since Lambert has come in, there's been a clear shift in positivism around us fans and that's great and I hope we get off to a good start and take the previously trodden path of Naaaarich and more recently Sheffield United. COYB!

Skip73 added 09:08 - Jul 12
Timmy, I'm not saying right back isn't weak, its just that you seem to be complaining that we've signed a left back. We'll probably be signing a right back too as we're gonna need one.

Michael101 added 09:30 - Jul 12
But is he any good at long throw ins, we need somebody to give there defence a free header.😠😬😢

Mjdery89 added 09:31 - Jul 12
I don't have a problem with season long loans, sometimes we sign players and they move on the next season anyway so what's the difference? Waghorn and Garner were only here for the 1 season I believe.

Given that he doesn't seem to get a look in at Everton then if he's any good and we go back up maybe it will turn permanent anyway, given LB is a weak area anyway then this can only be positive really.

Linkboy13 added 10:32 - Jul 12
Very much like Kenlock more comfortable going forward far too many times last season Kenlock got out muscled costing us goals like many of our young players still a player of potential not the finished article if we were still in the championship i don't think we would have signed Garbutt.

KiwiBlue2 added 11:35 - Jul 12
Agree with Timmy around strengthening cb particularly. I think that Chambo will come under real pressure this coming season if he does not perform on the field as Judge has definite captaincy potential. The first two months are going to be very interesting re Chambo ......

BurleysGloryDays added 11:41 - Jul 12
Great addition, player with a hell of a lot to prove in his final year at Everton and we desperately need reinforcement down the left. We need specialist players.

The squad desperately needs balancing. As Lambert said when he arrived.

We can't be putting Judgey on the left, and ideally not Freddy either. Both players prefer not being there. We have Gwion who can do something there, this boy, Myles (a lot to prove but he'll get his chances).

Bring in the right players, for the right positions. Right back next please. And another Striker : )

Murph or Keane on wages that reflect age and injury risk respectively.


blockb_steward added 12:20 - Jul 12
Brittaniaman, I was about to type exactly that :)

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