A few weeks ago, it was reported that Newcastle were interested in bringing 19-year-old defender Lewis Gibson back to the club.
Gibson had left Newcastle in the summer of 2017, feeling that he had little chance of breaking into the Newcastle first team anytime soon. This is what Lewis said when he joined Everton for a fee rising to £6m:
“We sat down and discussed what would be the best route for me to play first-team and make my debut competitively. I didn’t really think at the time that Newcastle was right for me and when I was told about Everton I knew the interest they put into me.
“They pushed for me a lot, compared to other clubs, and I felt like this was the right place for me to develop as a player.
“I’ve been proved right so far and I’ve been happy with my decision. I’ve developed a lot as a player. I imagined myself at Everton and knew there was a clear pathway.
“You see the players coming through, Dom, Jonjoe, Davo and people like that, and I knew there was a trust in young players.
“I knew that one of the main things Everton fans look for is for young players to come through. They want to see the next youth player go through. I’m just hoping to be one of them sooner rather than later.”
It has not quite worked out as planned for the youngster. He has yet to play any senior-level football either at Everton or out on loan.
With just one year remaining on the deal he signed in 2017, there’s a chance Gibson could see out his contract and return to his hometown club of Newcastle.
There is a report in Football Insider stating that Gibson is hoping to do just that.
The article claims that Gibson is pining to return to Newcastle after his difficulty in getting into the Everton first-team. It also claims that the rise of Sean and Matty Longstaff, who the player remains friends with, is a significant factor in his wish to return to Tyneside.
We think it would be just great if Gibson could reunite with Newcastle next summer. Or even for a moderate fee in January.
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