Everton have some great young prospects in their squad. We all know about highly-coveted youngsters like Jack Rodwell and Dan Gosling, but Everton also have highly-rated prodigies like Jose Baxter in their squad. Another prodigy is striker Lukas Jutkiewicz, who is currently on loan at Motherwell and is doing extremely well in the SPL this season.
Named as one of the hottest prospects of the lower leagues when he was at Swindon, Jutkiewicz made his debut for Swindon at 17 and his performances earned him a move to Everton for £1 million in 2007. Unable to break through at Goodison Park, the 21 year old had loan spells at Plymouth and Huddersfield before joining Motherwell in the summer.
This season, Jutkiewicz has been in excellent form for Motherwell, scoring 10 goals in 28 games and becoming the sixth highest scorer in the SPL this season. His goalscoring exploits have helped Motherwell to reach fifth place in the SPL this season and they are only two points off a European place.
Motherwell are understandably keen to keep hold of one of their prized assets and Jutkiewicz has said he would be happy to spend an extra season on loan at Fir Park. Motherwell boss Craig Brown has said he wants to keep the youngster, along with fellow Everton loanee John Ruddy, but if Everton demand a transfer fee for the pair they will not be able to afford them. Brown said:
“We’re still negotiating by telephone with David Moyes over the two loan players. Both would be relatively expensive, certainly very expensive for us.”
Jutkiewicz’s game has improved greatly this season, but with the likes of Louis Saha, Yakubu, Marouane Fellaini and Tim Cahill ahead of him in the pecking order, opportunities will be hard to come by at Goodison Park. If Moyes decides to sell the youngster, he could have plenty of takers.
Even though succeeding in the SPL does not necessarily mean you will succeed in the Premiership, Jutkiewicz could move to a club in the bottom half of the Premiership or top of the Championship and do well. At 21, he still has plenty of time to improve and a move could be on the cards in the summer.
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