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Should Leeds United let bygones be bygones and bring Luke Garbutt back this summer?

The 24-year-old left-back is a free agent in the summer and would be a good signing for Leeds United.

Mathew Nash

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Luke Garbutt

Despite Everton having something of a left-back shortage this season, one man has still not managed to earn a place back in the first-team. With Leighton Baines out injured Everton turned to Cuco Martina to fill the void. All the while Luke Garbutt sat out, playing football with the under-23s instead.

Garbutt looked like he would become a future star of the Everton first-team when he burst onto the scene in the 2014-15 campaign. However, he soon found himself out of contention and a long string of injuries curtailed his development.

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At the start of the current campaign Garbutt was not given a squad number and, despite returning to the first-team squad for the clash with Watford in February, Garbutt has not played for Everton since the May 2015 defeat to Sunderland.

The former England under-21 international is now 24-years-old and his career at Everton looks over and plenty of teams will be looking at his services. One team that should make a move for Garbutt is the club where it all started, Leeds United.

Garbutt, from Harrogate, joined the Leeds academy at the age of eight and was with the club until 2009. Everton then signed Garbutt from Leeds for a compensation fee of £600,000 – as reported by The Telegraph.

It was a deal that left Leeds fans bitterly disappointed. They had lost Danny Rose in similar circumstances two years earlier to Tottenham and Garbutt’s departure was a bitter blow.

When he first emerged in the Everton first-team Leeds fans were rueing his exit even more, but will be forgiven now for not caring much for his re-signing. It was a move that angered the board and management at Leeds in 2009 as well as fans, so Garbutt would have some bridges to repair before contemplating such a move.

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But Garbutt would be a good signing. A local lad, he also plays in a position where Leeds are lacking. Laurens De Bock has flattered to deceive since his January arrival whilst Leeds have not been able to replace Charlie Taylor after his move to Burnley.

The fact he would also be a cheap transfer will also be a huge draw for Leeds if they do decide to make a swoop for Garbutt.

It would not be a transfer to please every Leeds fan, but Garbutt was young when he left Thorp Arch and, given the state of affairs at Leeds, can be forgiven for believing his future was better off at Finch Farm.

Now Leeds have a chance to bring Garbutt back and should not let the past get in the way of this opportunity.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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Leeds United round-up: De Bock interest, O’Kane to Charlton and managerial shortlist

A selection of the latest news and gossip from Leeds United.

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De Bock option

Laurens De Bock has an option to head out of Leeds United before the end of the month. The Belgian has struggled to have an impact at Leeds since arriving in January.

The left-back has now dropped down the pecking order at Leeds, with youngster Tom Pearce and summer signing Barry Douglas overtaking him.

According to Voetbal24, he could be heading to Israel. Beitar Jerusalem are said to be keen on the player, where his former manager Guy Luzon is currently working.

IPSWICH, ENGLAND – JANUARY 13: Eunan O’Kane of Leeds United leaves the field after being sent off during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Leeds United at Portman Road on January 13, 2018 in Ipswich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

O’Kane wanted

Leeds United midfielder Eunan O’Kane could still be heading to Charlton Athletic. The Irish international has been frozen out at Leeds and is expected to leave Elland Road before the end of the month.

League One Charlton, managed by former Leeds midfielder Lee Bowyer, have been linked with a move earlier this month.

Now, as reported by the Yorkshire Post, the Addicks will continue looking for his signature over the next week or so.

Managerial shortlist

Leeds’ managerial shortlist before the start of the season had a number of top names present. Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani confirmed that the likes of Antonio Conte, Claudio Ranieri and Roberto Martinez were all considered for the manager role at Elland Road.

Leeds eventually appointed Marcelo Bielsa and his impact has been dramatic and immediate in West Yorkshire.

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Leeds United should consider sending Yosuke Ideguchi to KAS Eupen

The Japan international looks unlikely to play a major role at Leeds this season.

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Leeds United’s excellent start to the season has been largely down to the management of Marcelo Bielsa. The Argentine has worked wonders with his new players. He even brought in the likes of Mateusz Klich from the cold, with aplomb.

However, another player who spent the second half of last season loaned out elsewhere was Yosuke Ideguchi. So far, the Japanese international has not received a chance under Bielsa.

It looks as though he might be sent out on loan before the end of the month, but interest from these shores looks scarce.

VALLADOLID, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 03: Yosuke Ideguchi of Cultural Leonesa warms up prior to the LaLiga 123 match between Valladolid and Cultural Leonesa at Estadio Jose Zorrilla on February 3, 2018 in Valladolid, Spain. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Last season he spent time with Leeds partner club Cultural Leonesa. The two teams have a strong link through director Ivan Bravo and the Aspire Foundation.

But Cultural was a waste of time for Ideguchi. He barely played and they were relegated to the third-tier. The Spanish side are not, however, the only Aspire team in Europe.

KAS Eupen of Belgium’s top-flight also have a connection with Bravo and Aspire. If Leeds want to help Ideguchi get better, perhaps sending him here is a better shout.

Not only would he playing a similar style of football to that in England, but he would be doing so under one of the best central midfielders to play the game in England.

BRUGGE, BELGIUM – JULY 29: Yuta Toyokawa pictured in action during the Jupiler Pro League match between Club Brugge and KAS Eupen at Jan Breydel Stadium on July 29, 2018 in Brugge, Belgium. (Photo by Vincent Van Doornick/Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images)

Claude Makelele is the manager at the club. The former Chelsea star would undoubtedly have a lot of knowledge to pass down to a young midfielder.

He would also have the added advantage of a Japanese team-mate. Yuta Toyokawa joined the club in January, amid controversy surrounding an apparent move to Leeds. He is a similar age to the Leeds misfit. Having him around could help the pair settle in their new surroundings.

If Leeds cannot find someone in the UK to take on Ideguchi, then sending him to Eupen looks like being the next best thing.

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Marco Bielsa is already setting records at Leeds United, with last season’s team

The turn around at Elland Road in the opening weeks of the season has been remarkable.

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Four games into his Leeds United tenure and Marco Bielsa is already setting records with his new team.

After a 2-1 victory over Rotherham on Saturday, the Argentine head coach becomes the first boss at Elland Road to win the club’s first four games at the start of a domestic season, in all competitions.

The standards being set by the 63-year-old since his arrival have been somewhat remarkable with the playing style he has quickly been able to implement proving mesmerising, even to those who are typically opposed to the club.

But, perhaps the most impressive quality about the performances Championship fans are witnessing, is the fact Bielsa has set this record with practically the same team that took to the field, and could only achieve a 13th place finish, last season.

At Elland Road this weekend, the starting XI only contained one summer signing, which just goes to demonstrate the impressive work Bielsa has carried out with the players over the summer period.

Already being referred to as a ‘ready-made Premier League side’, after years of heart break at Elland Road, there will now be a genuine believe that the Whites can return to the English top flight come the end of the season.

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