Luke Garbutt Heads to Suffolk with Ipswich Town
✍️ Town have completed the signing of defender Luke Garbutt from @Everton on loan until the end of the season.
— Ipswich Town FC (@IpswichTown) July 12, 2019
Everton Defender Makes Move South
Town boss Paul Lambert has bolstered his defensive options with the addition of Garbutt.
The 26-year-old Everton defender has signed a one-year loan deal that will see him remain at Portman Road until the end of the 2019-20 season.
Garbutt made 25 league appearances on loan at Oxford United last term. The talented full-back scored four goals while with the U’s.
The Harrogate-born defender is no stranger to the southeast having previously featured for Colchester United and Fulham.
During a loan-spell with the U’s, local journalist Carl Marston recounted the defender making a good impression.
He describes the then 20-year-old as making “an immediate impression with a very mature-looking performance as a left-back in a 1-1 draw at Bradford City.” during his debut appearance.
“Garbutt gave them some much-needed quality down the left-flank, strong defensively while being very dangerous as an attacking outlet, running with freedom and without fear.” Maston added.
“He was also equipped with a quality free-kick – always a big asset for any team.”
The Toffees defender initially arrived in Essex on a one-month loan; however, a string of fine performances for the U’s led to his stay being extended beyond January.
Garbutt made 20 appearances and three goals while with Colchester; however, the defender’s development into a talented mature defender led to an early recall due to an injury crisis.
An England representative up to Under-21 level, Garbutt last featured for his national side in 2015.
Town’s Everton Deal Continues to Prosper
The deal for Garbutt is the latest episode in a series of transfers involving the Toffees.