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Everton fans discuss reports Lewis Gibson could leave

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.

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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…

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