Everton fans have hit out at the club after The Athletic reported youth star Lewis Gibson could leave, with heavy interest for the 19-year-old from clubs in England, Scotland and Germany.
Gibson switched Newcastle for Merseyside at 16 years of age for a reported fee of £6m back in 2017. The teenager has since made a name for himself as one of English football’s brightest young talents after helping the England U17s win the World Cup, just weeks after he left Tyneside.
His performances for England earned him a regular spot for Everton’s Premier League 2 side, playing 17 times in his first campaign at the club. The following season, Gibson stepped out 10 times and registered one assist for the U23s as they were crowned Premier League 2 champions of that year.
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The centre-back is out of contract at the end of the season and has yet to make his senior appearance with the Merseysiders. First-team chances have been far away for the former Newcastle man, mainly because of Yerry Mina and Michael Keane’s long stints in the side, whilst Mason Holgate has been there for backup on the bench.
Situations as such shed a light on Marco Silva’s lack of attempts at bringing in young players through the system. Silva has handed Holgate just 17 minutes of league action this season and Tom Davies just 20 minutes, whilst no other academy graduate has come close to the first-team so far.
If the Portuguese continues on in this manner, he and Marcel Brands are going to lose many potential future stars and therefore, force them into the transfer market to spend even more money.
Here’s what Toffees fans have been saying…
He’ll go. Did really well during the summer but Silva has shown no willingness to get him in to the squad never mind the first team. The Sancho example has shown these lads to be brave and not wait around. Its up to @everton to use these players otherwise we’re wasting money
— Ryan O’Hanlon (@RyanOHanlon1) October 17, 2019
Would be criminal to lose him. Looks very close to being ready and I think he *could* end up being better than Keane, Mina or Holgate. Only game time will bring that potential to fruition. A place on the bench, at least must be an option.
— Trevor Edwards ??????????? (@blackrodblue) October 17, 2019
Its obviously a tough position for a young player to get PL game time BUT he has big attributes which we lack in that area. He is left footed. Physically strong. Mobile carries the ball out of defence well & a good passer. Downside would need experience alongside which we lack
— Frank Keegan (@KeeganBig) October 17, 2019
But to move on from both Newcastle and Everton at such a young age would suggest the problem is not entirely down to the clubs
— Alastair Campbell (@alastair10) October 17, 2019
There’s a difference in style, but Silva has told Unsworth what he expects from players in each position. The big issue is lack of opportunity and a belief – rightly or wrongly – that pathway isn’t there in same way as it once was
— Patrick Boyland (@Paddy_Boyland) October 17, 2019
He spent most of last season out injured with an ankle injury then a knee injury. At just 19 the chances of a defender getting Prem action are slim. If he earns a new contract then a loan move for experience is of benefit. He has to impress this season.
— Love Everton (@LuvEvertonForum) October 17, 2019
This whole Brands project thing isn’t going very well
— Shane (@ShaneBu78891773) October 17, 2019