Luke Garbutt deserves a chance. The 24-year-old left back was once thought of as Leighton Baines’ clear heir along Everton’s back line. But his career has hit a snag recently. Loans to Fulham and Wigan Athletic have left a bit to be desired, and this season he’s found himself on the fringes of senior football, spending almost all of his time with the U-23s.
But things are getting desperate at Goodison Park. Baines is injured and nowhere near returning. Cuco Martina has held his own, but has limitations and isn’t a natural left back. He needs help. If Seamus Coleman returns to the lineup soon, that could allow Jonjoe Kenny to move away from right back, but that still leaves the Blues lacking depth on the left.
At this point, allowing Steve Walsh and Sam Allardyce to spend more money seems unwise. There may be shakeups at the top of the organization. The safest bet may be to allow Garbutt to have an extended run in the team and then re-evaluate the position in the summer.
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