By Danny Wright
Everton confirmed the signing of Lewis Gibson had been completed on Thursday – and Newcastle fans are mostly delighted to have got a reported decent fee for the defender.
The Toffees announced on their official Twitter account and official website that the 17-year-old centre-back had signed a three-year deal at Goodison Park and is set to join up with David Unsworth’s Under-23s squad ahead of next season.
— Everton (@Everton) July 27, 2017
Everton haven’t been afraid to splash the cash this summer, and have made considerable improvements to their development squad as well as their first-team.
Gibson is the fifth new addition to Unsworth’s Under-23 side as he joins Nathangelo Markelo, Anton Donkor, Boris Mathis and Josh Bowler in agreeing terms with the Blues.
Although Gibson was a highly-rated member of the Newcastle set-up, most of the fans aren’t too fussed about the defender’s sale..
Lee Ryder, the Chronicle’s chief sports writer has reported on his personal Twitter account last week that the centre-back had not training with the club since May due to the uncertainty around his future.
It was also understood that Everton had splashed £6million on securing Gibson.
Newcastle fans seem split on the deal, with some thinking that it’s best to keep hold of young talent, while others have hit out at him as he leaves.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
I'll be honest, rumoured six million big ones for a lad who's never played for the first team!? Take the money and run over the bloody hill!
— Neil Jones (@NeilDeLaJones) July 27, 2017
Shame to lose talented 17-year old Lewis Gibson but £6m is good money & not like many have made it through our academy in recent years #NUFC
— Murray White (@Muzza_90) July 27, 2017
Don't know who Gibson is tbh. But if youngsters coming through the ranks at #nufc are anything to go by, Everton are the better option 4 him
— Gary Allan (@GAfatman) July 27, 2017
Take the £6m for Gibson now and then bring him back on free if he's good enough when his contract over there ends. Problem solved. #NUFC
— I'm not Rafa Benitez (@Sazzerinho) July 27, 2017
Some fans whinging about this Gibson !! guarantee 90% of them hadn't heard of him or seen him play before the Everton rumours started #nufc
— Scott Henry (@scotty17321) July 27, 2017