Left full back has probably been Everton’s strongest position this season, with four players used in the position, but that strength will take a hit this summer if reports are to be believed.
Not for the first time, David Moyes has been linked with a player from his former club and not for the first time, it is Bryan Oviedo; today by the Daily Express. In recovery from the horrific ankle injury he suffered last season, Oviedo has been afflicted by small persistent injuries this season and has had to make do with short cameos and few starts in cup games and in Leighton Baines’ absence.
The Costa Rican was one of Moyes’ last signings for the Toffees but resigned the Scot to defeat at Old Trafford when he was Manchester United manager – scoring the winning goal four minutes from time.
Oviedo might have been a Moyes signing but he can be considered a ‘Martinez player’ having made most of his Toffees appearances under the Spaniard. However that hasn’t quashed Moyes’ interest in the 25-year-old and the former Preston manager might be looking to take the chance to finally give Oviedo a run of games once Sociedad have peppered Everton with a bid.
Before this season Luke Garbutt was considered third choice only if need be but throughout the campaign has risen to actual first team third choice, to – in the eyes of some; surpassing Oviedo as second choice, to being extremely unlucky to have not been keeping Leighton Baines out of returning to the starting line up straight away after injury.
Garbutt has been one of the few success stories this season and at one point moved Baines to midfield. The Arsenal game at the Emirates along with Wolfsburg away would rank as his best two performances.
All this only adds to the shame to the fact that it is highly likely the England U21 international will move on in search for first team football. For his contract to be ran down this far and no sign of an agreement coming is very worrying but the nail in the coffin of his Everton future, one would think, was not starting against West Ham United on Saturday in Baines’ absence. Instead another youngster, Brendan Galloway got his chance and Garbutt was overlooked, perhaps because his future has already been decided?
The Liverpool Echo links Garbutt to a move across Stanley Park to Liverpool – I know, a frightening thought.