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Everton coach Stubbs happy with U's loanee Garbutt
Everton coach Alan Stubbs says they would be happy for Luke Garbutt to stay at Colchester United for longer.
And the former Celtic defender says the U’s are the right club for the young left-back to develop his game.
Garbutt’s month’s loan with Colchester is due to expire at the end of this week.
But U’s boss Joe Dunne has spoken to Everton about keeping the 20-year-old defender at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
And Stubbs, who is under-21 manager at Goodison Park, said the Premier League side would be happy to consider the prospect of Garbutt remaining at the U’s for longer.
Stubbs told the Gazette: “We’ll look at extending Luke’s loan at Colchester.
“If Luke is happy and Joe (Dunne) is happy with Luke’s performances, I see no reason why we can’t carry it on.
“After he had spent time on loan at Cheltenham, it’s a step-up for Luke to be playing in League One and we’re looking for him to take strides forward.
“We wouldn’t have sent Luke to Colchester if we hadn’t have felt that he could have held down a first-team place.
“But we’re not stupid enough to think that Luke will play there week in, week out if he’s not performing.
“The young players have to grasp their opportunities with both hands.
“We’ve had quite a few clubs come in for our players on loan in the past and we’ve said ‘no’, because it might not be right for the individual.
“In each individual case, we will look at it to see if it’s beneficial for the player.
“But moving to Colchester on loan is a very beneficial move for Luke.
“It’s all helping Luke’s development and it’s important that they’re getting invaluable experience on Saturday to Saturday league football.
“There’s no substitute for that if the right club and opportunity comes along, we’re very keen.”
Garbutt has started four games since joining Colchester on a month’s loan from the Premier League club last month.
His U’s debut at Bradford City last month was his first competitive senior appearance for more than a year.
Garbutt’s first-team chances have been restricted at Everton, with England left-back Leighton Baines currently blocking his way.
Stubbs added: “It’s a bit of a bittersweet one for Luke.
“In Leighton Baines, we think we have the best left-back in the country.
“That’s not ideal for Luke but on the flip side, Bainesy is a fantastic role model to learn from, to ask questions of and talk to.
“I would imagine Leighton would be the first to say that he was quite similar to Luke, as a young player.”
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