Everton boss Sam Allardyce has claimed that the door is not yet shut on Luke Garbutt resurrecting his Everton career.
The 24-year old left-back was once considering Leighton Baines’ successor when he first broke into Everton’s first-team, but several difficult loan spells later and Garbutt’s career with the Toffees’ is on a knife-edge.
However Allardyce says that he will use the time between now and the end of the transfer window – when revised squad lists must be submitted – to assess Garbutt.
Garbutt was left out of the Blues’ Premier League squad for the first half of the season, and is currently training with the club’s Under-23s.
Talking about Garbutt’s situation, Allardyce said;
On my understanding he wasn’t included in the 25 man squad at the start of the season, he hasn’t been training with us for that period.
My first assessment of the team has to be of that first 25 players selected in that squad and trying to get down to all the other professionals at the club.
So that process is still ongoing because of all the games we’ve played over Christmas. We have until the end of January to look at players who haven’t been named in that squad and find whether they have the desire or determination to show myself and the coaching staff that they are, one, willing to fight to get in the squad and, two, maybe for a chance in the first-team.
Allardyce is said to be targeting a left-sided defender this month, where he is exceptionally light. Leighton Baines is the only senior left-back in the squad, with usual right-back Cuco Martina filling in with the former out injured.