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Luke Garbutt - Next Leeds Talent?

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Luke Garbutt is a 15 year old Left-Back for good ol' Leeds, born on 21st May 1993 (making him barely a month older than me and younger than most of you).

He turns 16 exactly two weeks today.

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Club Level

The teenager has featured prominantly for the Under 18's this year, punching way above his weight but nonetheless still impressing. Coming through the same academy as David Seaman, Aaron Lennon, James Milner, Alan Smith and more recently Fabian Delph, Jonny Howson, Ben Parker and Aidan White, he could well become the next player to hit the scene.

He also made 6 appearances for the title-winning reserve team (including the final game against Rotherham where Leeds clinched the title), featuring many first-teamers.

International Level

He was a regular for the England U16's last season (aged 14), as they claimed the Victory Shield, with Garbutt captaining the side shortly after his 15th birthday.

More recently he has broken into the England U17 squad and was picked for the European Championship squad, going on to start in the first game.

And here's the sweetener, despite being the youngest player in the England side, he went on to grab the equaliser.

You may be thinking, "Under 17's, big whoop, it's too soon to be judging potential". Just remember that this is the same team featuring Jack Wilshere, Jose Baxter, Luke Freeman and John Bostock, with highly talented midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and Jacob Walcott (Theo's brother - HHH has a thread on him) on the bench.

And they're all 1-2 years older than him.

Transfer News

Garbutt has (reportedly) turned down offers from Newcastle and Middlesbrough, and has also turned down professional terms with Leeds in favour of a move to Everton, which looks imminent. He looks set to follow Danny Rose, Michael Woods, Tom Taiwo and numerous others including the likes of John Bostock, Jack Hobbs and Scott Sinclair to be stolen away from their clubs before they are tied to their club.

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Please note that this is not a scout, nor a find, as he only came to my attention after an article on the official LUFC website.

http://www.wakefieldexpress.co.uk/wakefield-sport/Leeds-United-starlet-Garbutt-on.5244846.jp

http://www.thefa.com/England/MensUnder17s/NewsAndFeatures/2009/U17Euros_EnglandHolland_Garbutt.aspx

http://www.leedsunited.com/page/LatestNewsDetail/0,,10273~1650159,00.html

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Re: Luke Garbutt - Next Leeds Talent?

Before this kid is "allowed" to start fulfilling his potential, first Aidan White must be transferred before him :P

As always nice scout, though :D

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Re: Luke Garbutt - Next Leeds Talent?

I doubt anyone has watched him play yet, if you want to watch him, he might feature for England U17's against Germany U17's which is going to be live on Eurosport tomorrow at 1pm GMT.

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Re: Luke Garbutt - Next Leeds Talent?

I doubt anyone has watched him play yet' date=' if you want to watch him, he might feature for England U17's against Germany U17's which is going to be live on Eurosport tomorrow at 1pm GMT.[/quote']

I have that match on the planner, to watch after the Millwall/Leeds game. :)

And Trent - the talk on the Leeds forums is that White would be shifted to LM (his original positon before Leeds retrained him to LB) to fit in Garbutt at LB. When McAllister was in charge, he said in an ideal world he sees Garbutt at LB with White LM and Delph CM.

But this is not an ideal world, and Garbutt is apparently on the verge of a move to Everton.

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Re: Luke Garbutt - Next Leeds Talent?

Luke Garbutt: From training on a park pitch, to being an Everton squad member in a Merseyside derby

One day he was playing on a park pitch in Colchester, the next he was in the Everton squad for a Merseyside derby at Anfield.

Such is the life of Luke Garbutt.

Talented left-back Garbutt was gearing up for a League One fixture, between mid-table Colchester United and relegation-haunted Shrewsbury Town, on Tuesday morning.

But instead, the 20-year-old was hastily recalled by his parent club Everton, from his successful loan spell with the U’s, and immediately named on the Toffees’ bench to play against Liverpool in one of the biggest derbies in the land.

Garbutt’s sudden return to Goodison Park was prompted by a lengthy injury to fellow left-back, Bryan Oviedo.

It represents a blow for U’s boss Joe Dunne, to lose such a quality player – the Harrogate-born defender could well become a familiar face on the Premier League stage in years to come – but the Dubliner was also delighted for Garbutt, who was an unused substitute at Anfield in Everton’s 4-0 defeat .

“It’s wonderful for Luke,” insisted Dunne.

“It’s what we want from our young players here. That’s what it is all about, for youngsters like Luke to get first team experience with us and then go back to their own clubs to break into their squads.

“It’s particularly ironic for Luke, because only the day before he had been training on a local park pitch in Colchester – and I mean a real park pitch – because of all the recent bad weather and the waterlogged pitches elsewhere.

“Yet just 24 hours later and Luke has gone from training on a park pitch to being involved with the Everton squad at Anfield!

“That’s how quickly football can change.”

Some loan players take time to settle, when arriving at a new club, especially after starting the season playing in the under-21 league.

But that did not apply to Garbutt – he caught the eye on his U’s debut, in a 2-2 draw at Bradford on September 14, and was a model of consistency for the next 20 games.

As well as looking solid and compact in the left-back role, Garbutt was also a constant danger going forward.

In fact, it was no fluke that he netted three goals in his 20 senior outings – against Sheffield United in the FA Cup, and at Preston and against Crewe in the league – in addition to providing several assists for team-mates via his accurate crosses and pinpoint corners.

“There is no doubt that Luke has earned the right to be in the situation that he now finds himself. He is a very good technical player, and he has learnt the ropes well at this level,” continued Dunne.

“Furthermore, it is not as though Luke is going back to a Premier League club struggling against relegation. Instead, he is returning to an Everton squad pushing for Europe.”

Source: http://www.eadt.co.uk/sport/colchester-united/luke_garbutt_from_training_on_a_park_pitch_to_being_an_everton_squad_member_in_a_merseyside_derby_1_3259167

I suppose the rating of Luke will not increase immediatly? But he's sure a player to look out for, I think.

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