Luke Garbutt Responds After Carlo Ancelotti Had No Idea Who Released Everton Player Was
Everton released full back Luke Garbutt on Tuesday and when Carlo Ancelotti was asked about the full back the manager had no idea who he was.
With contracts expiring in the Premier League, today was the day when players from around the country were officially leaving their clubs in chase of something new.
At Everton eight players were being released, with two more signing on till the end of the season, and amongst them was 27-year-old full back Garbutt.
In his pre match press conference, ahead of Wednesday's game against Leicester City, Ancelotti was asked about the left back but the Italian was very confused, fortunately the player took it in good spirits.
It's not his fault its the clubs however it's a belter tho https://t.co/04DUp6M20Q- Luke Garbutt (@luke_garbutt) June 30, 2020
Garbutt joined the club's youth team in 2009, moving from Leeds United, before moving to Cheltenham Town in League Two on loan in 2011.
The full back was initially expected to breakthrough into the first team and was thought as the long term replacement for Leighton Baines but things didn't work out for him so well at Goodison Park.
He went on loan to Colchester United in the 2013/14 season before playing 10 times for the Toffees in 2014/15 and had further loan spells at Fulham, Wigan Athletic, Oxford United and finally Ipswich Town, where he played 30 times this season.
Despite never quite breaking through at Everton the defender still sent a heartfelt message to the club on Twitter on Tuesday.
Today officially my contract at @Everton has now expired after been at the club for 11 years! The club has been a huge part of my life, and one I had huge pride to represent. There's been many ups and a few downs which I couldn't control. @Everton good luck for the future :blue_heart:- Luke Garbutt (@luke_garbutt) June 30, 2020
Fans of the club were very grateful for the player's time in Merseyside, the Toffees Blue replied saying, "Best of luck Luke mate, gutted it never worked out for you here! Wishing you all the best in your future!"
Trevor Edwards added, "Such a shame it never quite happened for you, Luke I really thought, on that night in Wolfsburg, that you were going places and Leighton would have a battle on his hands. It's not too late, hopefully see you in the PL again soon."
Jf recalled his son meeting Garbutt, saying, "Good luck. you were the first player my son got an autograph off when he went to his first game 7 years ago. That small moment of your time might seem much but was massive for him at the time."
See, at least the fans knew who he was even if the manager didn't...
Good luck Luke!