Everton have loaned their 26-year-old full-back Luke Garbutt to Ipswich for the season.
Garbutt has spent eight years at Goodison Park after joining the club as a youth player from Leeds United, but has failed to make an impact at the Merseyside club, only featuring five times in the league.
The left back has played throughout England’s youth teams, however, his progress seems to have halted after spending last season on loan at League One club Oxford United.
Garbutt has been on loan at a selection of clubs since joining Everton, including two seasons in the Championship with Fulham and Wigan Athletic in 2015/16 and 16/17. However, after those two seasons he stooped another level to play for Oxford last season.
Garbutt had a fine season last year and established himself as one of the best attacking full backs in the division. He scored four times in his 25 league games and assisted just as many.
At 26, this could be the last season for Garbutt at Everton, as he only has one-year left on his contract and has failed to ever threaten the first team fold at Goodison despite being there since 2011.
This is great business from Ipswich, and if they can keep him fit for the season they will have one of the best full-backs in the league.
He will be able to provide quality going forward and he is a threat from the left hand side as he showed at Oxford last season.
For Everton, Garbutt has always been a player who has shown promise and one they haven’t wanted to give up on. But at his age, there is no feasible chance that he will get into the first team, so it’s not surprising they’re allowing him to leave, and I think it will be extremely unlikely for him to sign another contract at Goodison Park.
With one-year left on his deal, if he can have a good season and help Ipswich get promoted, then they may also have first dibs on the defender to pick up on a free transfer.