Everton have a rather exciting array of talent within the club’s academy, don’t they? Marco Silva is not exactly in a position to complain about the prospects that could come through the ranks in the near future.
And, it appears that a potential defender of the future for the club could be about to take the next stage of his career in the summer and take a further step into the professional game.
What’s the News?
According to a report by the Liverpool Echo, Everton are preparing to loan out Lewis Gibson next season in order to speed up his development.
The defender, who joined from Newcastle United in 2017 for a fee that could potentially rise to around £6million, is yet to play a competitive fixture for the Toffees.
Gibson has played a rather important role for Everton’s development side this season as they were crowned champions of the Premier League 2 for the second time in three years.
The 18-year-old was named player of the month for March with his performances and has put in a number of solid displays as he has had to fill in for the departed Matthew Pennington and Callum Connolly.
A move into the professional game could be an excellent idea for both Everton and Gibson, as it will give them an idea of whether he is able to graduate from the academy successfully and if he is to have what is needed to make it as a top-flight footballer in the future.
Although a fee of £6m could have been seen as a risky piece of business at the time, if the youngster can develop and turn into the defender many at Goodison Park will hope he can become, it may have to be considered as a smart acquisition.
Everton fans, do you think next season would be the right time to send Gibson out on loan? Do you expect him to reach his potential? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.