Toffees’ Garbutt sticks with U’s for another month

Lule Garbutt, on his debut at Bradford

Lule Garbutt, on his debut at Bradford - Credit: Archant

Luke Garbutt has signed a one-month extension to his loan stay from Everton.

Promising left-back Garbutt had been keen to prolong his stay with the U’s into a second month, on the eve of his fifth appearance at home to Walsall tomorrow.

In addition to Garbutt, U’s boss Joe Dunne is also planning to extend the loan stays of centre-half Matt Taylor (from Bradford City) and winger Jeffrey Monakana (from Preston).

“Everton have been very good about it,” explained Dunne, with reference to Garbutt’s new loan deal.

“Luke had wanted to stay, wanted to be here, which is key.

“We should embrace the fact that an England under-20 international is wanting to stay here.

“He’s enjoying being coached and enjoying playing games.

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“Games like last Saturday (against Wolves) can only help.

“Luke never hid once, and always wanted the ball. He’s going to be a good character for someone in the future.

“And he will go back to Everton a better player for it,” added Dunne.

Like Garbutt, attacker Monakana made his U’s debut in the 2-2 draw at Bradford City, crowning that first outing with a goal.

The last game of his initial one-month loan is tomorrow.

“I had a chat with Jeffrey yesterday,” continued Dunne.

“I feel he has got great potential, and he just needs to realise that potential.

“I’ve already spoken to Simon (Grayson, Preston manager), and over the next 24 to 48 hours we will see where we go with it.

“Jeffrey gives us a good option in those wide areas, and we may have to cover that position again with Drey (Wright) out for longer than expected.

“I think it’s just caught up with Jeffrey, over the last seven days.

“Any deal would again just be another short term loan.

“We have another week with Matt (Taylor), so we will let that take it course after the weekend.”

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