Lewis Gibson is ready to quit Everton in January and has been tipped for a sensational return to Newcastle United, Football Insider understands.
The 19-year-old is getting increasingly frustrated at his failure to break into the senior squad despite winning plenty of admirers with the quality of his Under-23s performances.
A source with knowledge of Gibson’s situation has told Football Insider that the rising star is ready to leave Everton and ignite his career with a move to a club where he can expect first-team action.
The left footed centre-back is out of contract at the end of the season and a January move gives Everton a last opportunity to secure a sizeable fee for him.
One possibility is an emotional return to Newcastle United, where he was in the academy of his hometown club before signing for Everton in the summer of 2017 for a fee of £1million rising to a potential £6million.
There is also interest in Gibson from leading clubs in Germany as well as others in England as the player plots a move that will be best for his career development.
Football Insider pundit Noel Whelan, the ex-Leeds United and Coventry City striker, believes it would be in the best interests of Gibson to find a new club.
“He’s clearly a big talent, but no matter how promising you are, you need to be playing first-team football to really develop,” Whelan said. “Under-23s is brilliant for learning the game, but Gibson has outgrown that level.
“The problem for him and the other Everton youngsters is that Marco Silva is not one for blooding youngsters, not even in the League Cup.
“He prefers to stick with senior players who he can trust. Given Everton’s predicament that is not going to change.
“I can see Gibson going to Germany, where they are fast-tracking talented British youngsters. Or back to Newcastle. He can see how the Longstaff brothers are making waves at first-team level and will think, ‘I would love a bit of that’.”
Gibson has been unable to progress beyond the Under-23s at Everton, where he has now made 32 appearances.
Tellingly, he has not even been able to make the senior squad even when Yerry Mina and Michael Keane have been sidelined of late due to injury.
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