Newcastle United are reportedly interested in bringing Lewis Gibson back to the club from Everton. According to the Daily Mail, Gibson could be tempted back to Newcastle United. They suggest his initial departure to Everton, worth an eventual £6 million, was due to a disagreement with former youth coach Peter Beardsley – who has since been dismissed. With him gone, Gibson could reportedly be tempted into a St James’ Park return.
This would, of course, upset Everton fans. They feel Gibson is a top young talent who has the ability to become a future Goodison Park hero.
But there is even more reason to be fearful of his exit when looking at the reasons why he claimed to have left Newcastle for Everton.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo in April, Gibson suggested he left Newcastle as he felt Everton were more likely to give chances to young players in comparison to his boyhood club.
“We sat down and discussed what would be the best route for me to play first-team and make my debut competitively.
“I didn’t really think at the time that Newcastle was right for me and when I was told about Everton I knew the interest they put into me.
“I imagined myself at Everton and knew there was a clear pathway.”
Back in the summer of 2017 that might have been the case. Right now, it seems to be the other way around.
Newcastle’s Longstaff brothers Matty and Sean are currently making waves at the club. Meanwhile, at Everton, the likes of Tom Davies, Kieran Dowell, and Callum Connolly have all failed to progress.
Gibson himself, despite impressing in pre-season and Everton’s defensive worries, is still waiting for a call-up to the senior team and is out of contract in the summer.
So all the reasons he decided Everton was for him in 2017 might now apply to Newcastle. Everton might be facing an uphill battle keeping this prestigious young talent at Finch Farm.