Everton have a host of young talent in their ranks. Some have been nurtured from a young age at Finch Farm, others have been lured from other clubs due to Everton’s fine reputation.
One such player was Lewis Gibson. The Toffees brought the England under-18 international to Finch Farm from Newcastle United. The fee for the player, according to the Liverpool Echo, could eventually rise to £6 million, so he was clearly identified as a top investment for the future.
His form with the Everton youth teams was brilliant last season, following on from winning the under-17 World Cup with England.
But, unfortunately, his recent development has been waylaid.
Gibson missed the start of the current season with an injury problem and finally made his comeback against Arsenal’s under-23s this week in a 0-0 draw.
“Lewis Gibson has been outstanding.
“He’s got better and better and better and he’s a natural born leader and he’s been captain for the last couple of games.”
Unfortunately, his luck appears to be out.
After 38 minutes he suffered another injury problem. Gibson was stretchered off the field, clearly in a lot of pain. As reported by Royal Blue Mersey, the injury looked to be serious.
Luckily, time is on the side of the 18-year-old if this injury does prove to be serious. But it is certainly a setback for the player whose pathway looked clear to the first-team in the near future.