Gibson returns for Under-21s

14/09/2015  40 Comments  [Jump to last]
Darron Gibson's bid to return to the Everton first team following his latest injury continued this evening as he played for the U21s against Sunderland at Goodison Park.

The Republic of Ireland international suffered a metatarsal fracture in early April and has been out of action since but was named in David Unsworth's team this evening alongside new signings Leandro Rodriguez and Mason Holgate and veteran midfielder Leon Osman.

Rodriguez opened his account for the Blues' second string in his first appearance with a goal after 10 minutes and he was at it again this evening with a strike after just four minutes to open the scoring against the Black Cats' U21s.

Gibson played 74 minutes before being substituted in favour of Gethin Jones and Sunderland would equalise a few minutes later when Duncan Watmore scored to earn the visitors a point.

Everton U21s: Robles, Holgate, Connolly, Gibson (Jones 74'), Browning, Pennington, Grant, Williams {c} (Dyson 81'), Rodriguez, Osman, Henen (Walsh 83')
Subs not used: Hewelt, Ledson  

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Ian Jones
1 Posted 14/09/2015 at 18:10:29
Good luck to him. Wish him well. Very useful member of squad when fit.
Brent Stephens
2 Posted 14/09/2015 at 18:15:45
I'm going to this. Could be very interesting.
Ian Jones
3 Posted 14/09/2015 at 18:25:40
Brent. Enjoy the game. Be interesting to see your impression of Leandro etc. Haven't seen him play but he cost next to nothing so he can't be all that good.

Or he could be worth £40 million to Jose next year.

Alastair Donaldson
4 Posted 14/09/2015 at 18:51:09
It's got to be last chance saloon for Gibson now.

We need a fit player of his calibre to play attacking centre mid, but his appearance record is appalling and says only one thing.

I feel he should quit Ireland and focus on club football to give himself the best chance.

Colin Glassar
5 Posted 14/09/2015 at 18:58:00
Let's hope this is not another false dawn.
Patrick Murphy
7 Posted 14/09/2015 at 19:14:16
Rodriquez scores after just 4 minutes to give Everton the lead.
Les Martin
8 Posted 14/09/2015 at 19:31:08
"The Republic of Ireland international suffered a metatarsal fracture". Was this because he dropped a beer bottle on his foot?

I have been a big supporter but that driving incident where he could have killed somebody is wearing my patience. Admittedly he has had some unfortunate injuries but didn't help himself.

As another poster said, I think he is on borrowed time; if he doesn't shape up then he will be shipped out, I hope for the former of course.
Ian Jones
9 Posted 14/09/2015 at 19:31:35
Patrick. What took him so long.
Chris Gould
10 Posted 14/09/2015 at 19:38:36
Look forward to hearing your match report, Brent.
Brent Stephens
11 Posted 14/09/2015 at 19:43:31
Chris, disappointment - problems so couldn't get there! Bollocks.
Chris Gould
13 Posted 14/09/2015 at 19:59:29
Sorry to hear that, Brent. Hope all is well.

I'm hoping Rodriguez plays himself into the matchday squad sooner than Martinez anticipates. He's such an unknown quantity that I'm excited to see what he can do.

Brent Stephens
14 Posted 14/09/2015 at 20:01:29
Thanks, Chris, nothing major.
Malc Kitchen
15 Posted 14/09/2015 at 20:07:18
Leandro 2 in 2 so far, brilliant keep it up mate! I totally agree about Gibbo, it is his last chance! I really want him to do well. Him and Ross would be great in the team!
Jim Bennings
17 Posted 14/09/2015 at 21:21:48
Gibson will never get near a first team regular starter anymore.

Too injury prone, can't play more than five games and frankly we have too many options for central midfield that are more reliable than him now.

Good when we had few options in the early part of 2012 but now not needed, especially at 50 grand a week!

Victor Jones
18 Posted 14/09/2015 at 21:51:19
Last chance saloon for Gibson. I have backed him in the past and I do believe that he can do a job for Everton but he needs to get fit. He needs to stay fit and he needs to cut out any jolly boy nonsense. No more drink driving. No more drinking. He can drink all he wants when his "career" is over. Yes it is last chance saloon. And that is coming from one of his staunchest supporters. But my patience is wearing thin.
Dave Abrahams
20 Posted 14/09/2015 at 23:26:00
Victor (14) good advice, I hope Gibson heeds it.
Gavin Johnson
21 Posted 15/09/2015 at 01:08:44
I just wish we'd just cut our losses on Gibson and Pienaar. Reach a settlement and release them. The money we've wasted on wages over the last couple of seasons is sickening.
Jamie Sweet
22 Posted 15/09/2015 at 01:12:14
Rodriguez obviously gets going in games pretty soon after taking to the field. Could be a useful "super-sub" perhaps?
Kieran Kinsella
23 Posted 15/09/2015 at 02:29:09
We've got a real problem with the youth development. As RM has said, the U21 games are few and far between. Why then are we leaving the likes of Ledson on the bench so Osman can play? I get Gibbo -- he's back from injury but why other older players? Makes no sense to me.

At the same time we ship Jonjo Kenny off to Wigan where he's dropped after one game cause he's not ready for this level. Meanwhile older, more experienced players are hanging around for occasional U21 games.

Alex Jones
24 Posted 15/09/2015 at 07:36:55
Jonjoe Kenny has played in 4 of the last 5 games so not sure what you're referring to there. Junior hasn't played so much but he's only still at Everton as he was signed on a long contract I believe.
Paul Mackie
25 Posted 15/09/2015 at 08:59:42
He should have been 'let go' after he got pissed and smashed his car into a cyclist and a petrol pump. I'll certainly never applaud him again, Everton player or not.
Brian Porter
26 Posted 15/09/2015 at 09:03:32
Ian Jones (#3). Sorry, but I fail to see your logic when referring to Leandro, "He didn't cost much so he can't be any good." Good job we didn't apply your criteria when signing Seamus Coleman (㿨k), Tom Cleverley or Steve Naismith. Plus, it's worth mentioning that Leandro comes from a top club in his country (Uruguay), where wages and transfer fees are very low when compared to those of the Premier League.

Many of us have been urging Roberto to use his Spanish/Latin connections to scout out some of the bargains that exist by searching the South American nations for gifted and talented young players. If Leandro had been playing for a European team, you can bet your bottom dollar we'd have had to pay a few millions for him. (Look at David Henen for example.)

River Plate are one of the best teams in Uruguay and Leandro had already made a name for himself in their top division. Any player can only aspire to play for the best team he can in his own country, and Leandro made it at a young age.

So, bearing in mind two goals in two starts for the U21s, let's not write him off just yet. I have a feeling Roberto is giving him time to adjust to life in England after which I can see him being promoted to the first team squad, possible by Christmas.

We've already seen a short example of what Funes Mori can do on Saturday, and I was impressed. After all, he won the South American equivalent of the European Champions League with his club.

Let's get behind our new Latin Americans and encourage them to feel at home and part of our club, quickly. We might just have a couple of diamonds in the rough if things work out for them.

Sam Morrison
27 Posted 15/09/2015 at 09:11:19
Brian, I'm pretty sure Ian was being ironic
Sam Hoare
28 Posted 15/09/2015 at 09:42:58
Brian 22, I agree mostly but I’m not sure at ٧.5M Funes Mori could be referred to as a diamond in the rough. Unless by rough you mean golden flakes.

Galloway has shown so far that the step up to first team from U21s is a makeable one and the likes of him, Stones and Barkley will hopefully remind the lads that if they play consistently well at that level they will quite possibly get a shot.

I expect the likes of Holgate, Henen and Rodriguez to get first team time this year and am excited to hear of Liam Walsh’s progress as he sounds like a genuine playmaker.

On a more negative note I gather Browning made a few mistakes last night and perhaps is still hurting from his very nervy appearance vs Man City. Perhaps the lad needs some top sports psychologist help as he certainly possesses the physical attributes...

Dave Abrahams
29 Posted 15/09/2015 at 10:25:21
Why do they play these games on a Monday night, don't they know "Mad Mondays" are still going in Liverpool?

I would have been at this match on any other night of the week but not Monday's, go for a good bevvie.

There is one game in October on a Tuesday night, I'll be at that. No consideration for us fans, it's Kenwright's fault!!!.

Harold Matthews
30 Posted 15/09/2015 at 12:19:44
Yes Sam (#24). Galloway is probably now our best defensive left back although Baines and Oviedo are still more complete. Not sure his chance would have come so early if he hadn't experienced regular 1st team football with MK Dons.

This is a big thing with Martinez as well you know. Stones, Rodriguez and Holgate were all former 1st team regulars. Don't know about Henen.

You could be right with Browning. It wasn't so long ago that he thought he didn't deserve to be with his idols in the main squad and found it hard to tackle them in training. Hibbo and Distin put him right but maybe his confidence is still low. Man City would scare most young players and facing Sunderland's Duncan Watmore again wouldn't have helped either. Our defence was murdered by him a while back.

Gavin Johnson
31 Posted 15/09/2015 at 12:40:51
Who else thinks that Oviedo might be released at the end of the season?

If he stays, we're going to be overloaded with left backs now Galloway has shown he can cut it in the first team. He looks like he's as accomplished playing LB as Lescott used to playing in a secondary position.

We've also got Baines, Garbutt, and Funes Mori, who like Galloway can play at LB. Along with Holgate being a CB/RB we're suddenly looking very strong defensively.

Ian Jones
32 Posted 15/09/2015 at 14:04:59
Brian at 22 - Interesting comments - can't argue with any of those.

However, as Sam at 23 spotted, I was being ironic.

James Marshall
33 Posted 15/09/2015 at 14:08:37
I wonder if Gibbo got taken off early as he had to catch the last bus home.
Mike Gaynes
34 Posted 15/09/2015 at 14:30:33
Gavin #27, yes, we'd be "overloaded with left backs" if everybody got healthy. But remember, Galloway was our fourth choice LB a couple months ago, and if his knee hadn't improved last week, we'd have been down to our 5th string (Barry? Funes Mori?) for the Chelski game.

Sadly, I'd agree that Oviedo's place in the squad is at risk (sob!) but let's not jump the gun on how strong we look defensively. Galloway is still a baby, we've seen Funes Mori for all of 15 minutes and we've yet to lay eyes on Holgate in a blue shirt.

Dave Abrahams
35 Posted 15/09/2015 at 14:40:01
Harold (26), I agree that Galloway looks like he could turn out to be a very good defender, not sure he had played regular first team football, he had only played ten times for his previous club, and one of those appearances was a 15-minute cameo as a 16-year-old.

I think there were a few London clubs interested in him before he chose Everton.

John Pickles
36 Posted 15/09/2015 at 14:46:55
We use Lennon as a defensive winger on the right when needed, so we could use Oviedo to do the same job on the left.
Gavin Johnson
37 Posted 15/09/2015 at 16:36:56
Mike - I'd hate to see Oviedo leave too. Sadly it's starting to look like he's another Gibson with all these injuries. He's been very unlucky and when fit he can give Baines a run for his money. Is he ever going to have a sustained level of fitness again though??

I was hoping that the latest injury was more of a ploy so Oviedo could miss international duty and we'd at least see him on the bench last weekend, but it looks like he is crocked again.

It's sad, but we're really lucky we're in the position that it won't be such a loss if he is released now we've got Garbutt, Galloway and Funes Mori behind Baines. At the end of last season it looked like we just had Baines and Oviedo, with Garbutt out of the door. So things can certainly change quickly in football.

David Hallwood
38 Posted 15/09/2015 at 18:20:56
We've all slagged RM and OFM; I know I have, but suddenly a decent squad with options has almost crept up on us.

This is the first time in the time in Premier League history that we can look at the bench that's not full of kids and journeymen, and don't forget Pienaar, Osman & Gibson.

I'll go against the grain and congratulate the manager and board of the club, probably a first in TW history that has put the club in this position; and when you think we were all moaning (me included) about the window, maybe we should always look at the long game.

Trevor Lynes
39 Posted 15/09/2015 at 23:20:56
Fans on here talk of dumping Pienaar who has been brilliant for us for years especially in Arteta's absence through injury. But mention Gibson in the same breath when he has done absolutely nothing by comparison. Gibson getting a contract extension must be like a kick in the teeth to players who have given great service.

He should have gone to jail for drunk driving which could have killed someone. He has got off very lightly with a two year ban and community service. He obviously could afford the best lawyer/s as most working class people would get far worse punishment.I have absolutely no time for pampered footballers driving cars that they cannot control ploughing into innocent pedestrians or cyclists then actually trying to escape instead of making sure that their victim/s are not badly injured. Makes me so angry and disgusted.

Gavin Johnson
40 Posted 16/09/2015 at 02:44:12
Trevor - They both need offloading. Pienaar did do a sterling job especially when Arteta was in injured, but that was about 5 years ago. Unfortunately the Baines/Pienaar axis is over. I doubt we'll see Pienaar in an Everton shirt again... unless it's a 10-minute cameo before he gets crocked again.

I know you like your oldies in the side. I remember you were resolute in your belief that Distin was a better option than John Stones last season, which I found baffling when we conceded fewer goals when Stones was in the side.

Now if you were talking about Ossie, I'd totally agree. I think Osman can still have a big part to play for us this season.

Trevor Lynes
42 Posted 17/09/2015 at 22:15:09
Instead of playing for the under 21s Gibson should be writing a letter of apology to the fans of our club and donating his salary to charity until he starts to earn his money.

Personally I would prefer to see him sacked and taken off the records of our club as he obviously has no respect for it !

Kieran Kinsella
43 Posted 18/09/2015 at 03:24:23
Is this a joke? Gibson is in the Ireland squad.
Brian Cleveland
44 Posted 18/09/2015 at 03:28:04
Kieran, I was just going to comment on the same thing... well, so that's him out for another 6 months once they play him for 10 minutes before we even get a chance to injure him!
Paul Ward
45 Posted 18/09/2015 at 09:55:18
David Hallwood (#34),

Before you start getting euphoric after one good home performance, you need to monitor the next 6 fixtures to ensure we are improving. Consistency is what is needed, then you can congratulate the manager and the board as you wish.

Regarding Gibson, he is just another Slaven Bilic who has taken Everton to the cleaners by being paid for doing FA.

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