By Luke Madden
A day before Everton’s friendly against Hearts in Scotland, Everton have confirmed via their social media accounts that young English left-back, Luke Garbutt, has been loaned out to Championship side, Fulham.
This news also came out after Everton confirmed that they will be handed massive boost in the run up to the start of the new Premier League season with both left-backs, Leighton Baines and Bryan Oviedo being included in the squad for their trip to Scotland in their upcoming friendlies.
Will this move benefit both Luke Garbutt and Everton?
To answer that question you only have to look as far as Seamus Coleman, a now crucial member of Everton’s XI who has been linked with moves to Manchester United for over a month, which just shows the progress of Coleman.
Seamus Coleman was sent on-loan to Blackpool in the season they got promoted to the Premier League via the play-offs, and Coleman got invaluable experience in only that short amount of time. However, whilst Coleman excelled in such a short-term loan, Garbutt will be getting a whole season in the Championship – so there should be an element of expectancy regarding his development throughout the duration of the loan-spell.
Yes, some fans would have preferred ‘Garbs’ to be loaned-out to a Premier League side, and some would have preferred him to say put, which is looking at it in a short-term version. But one step at a time. In the long-term, this will benefit Garbutt to get this crucial experience and knowledge of the game, speak to a different set of supporters, players and manager. All of which will culminate together to make sure that Garbutt returns to Goodison Park.