Everton outcast Luke Garbutt has been discussing his future after a blistering start to life at loan club Ipswich Town.
As reported by the East Anglian Daily Times, Garbutt is open to a permanent move to Portman Road and admitted he would like to finally settle down in one location after years of loan moves.
He also made it clear that Everton are still tracking his progress.
“Everton were at the Fleetwood game watching and they’re pleased with the progress I’m making but my sole focus is making sure I play to the best of my ability for Ipswich Town Football Club and to make sure we get promoted this season.
“So as long as we keep playing well and doing well as a squad I don’t see why I wouldn’t stay permanently. I’m settled and enjoying my football…
“…I do eventually want to settle down at a club I feel I belong at and I feel I have a home, where I can push on with my career and perform.”
Hopefully, Garbutt can continue his form and get the move that he deserves.
There was a time when it seemed the former England under-21 international was the future Leighton Baines replacement. Roberto Martinez was very keen on Garbutt, even handing him a lengthy five-year contract in 2015 which finally expires next summer.
Injuries, poor loan spells, and managerial changes have since left Garbutt a forgotten man at Everton. Indeed, his last game for the club was a 2-0 loss to Sunderland at Goodison Park in May 2015. Unfortunately, because of that big contract, it has not been easy for the club to shift Garbutt permanently.
Ipswich have benefitted from that this season with Garbutt in flying form playing as a left wing-back under Paul Lambert. The 26-year-old has scored three goals for the Tractor Boys so far this season and is helping them with a promotion fight.
Hopefully, that ends with Garbutt getting the settled home he is craving.