Everton manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed that Luke Garbutt will return to the squad after initially being frozen out.
The 24-year-old has been part of the Merseyside squad since 2009 when he joined the club’s academy from Leeds United.
Under Ronald Koeman at the start of the season, Garbutt was not included in the squad, but current manager Sam Allardyce has decided to give the left-back a chance.
Garbutt has been impressing in the Under-23s squad and it looks as though he may be challenging for the first-team spot for the second half of the campaign.
Everton fans have been vocal in their desire for the club to sign a new left-back.
Leighton Baines is currently first choice, but Cuco Martina has been filling in during his teammate’s injury absence.
The Dutchman, who is predominantly right-footed, has been heavily criticised by supporters for his performances.
Allardyce’s admission that Garbutt will be brought back into the setup has been met with a mixed response from fans on Twitter.
Translates as "Don't expect a left back coming in."
— Andy (@ABLE1986) January 29, 2018
The fact that we are deciding to bring a lad in who couldn’t get in a championship side rather than bring in an established left back tells you everything about the small time mentality of our club. All up for giving youth a chance but garbutt is 24 and bang average imo.
— colin morris (@colin0306) January 29, 2018
He hasn’t progressed in however many years he’s been here so what they expecting now
— james bentley (@adambeno2011) January 29, 2018
Jesus, we really are gambling on a youth product that failed in two separate line spells in a position we’re desperate to strengthen whilst in a relegation battle. Okay then
— LYKA (@lykadj) January 29, 2018
He's played 5 times in 7 years under 5 managers. Something tells me he isn't good enough
— Liam Fitzpatrick (@LiamFitzy9) January 29, 2018
Finally!!!! He’s got to start instead of martina
— Johnny Allen (@jallen_86) January 29, 2018
Get him in the team, far better than Martina and a natural left back
— Gareth Evans (@toffeegunner) January 29, 2018
Well if the benchmark is Martina then the answer is he will do remarkably well to be worse
— Jason Melling (@jrm0071) January 29, 2018