Date: 19th June 2019 at 9:30am
Written by: Dwayne Gavan

Four players could leave Everton at the end of their contracts next summer – Maarten Stekelenburg, Brendan Galloway, Luke Garbutt and James McCarthy. It’s hard to see any of the quartet staying at Goodison Park past 2020 as they’re all surplus to requirements.

Stekelenburg joined Everton from Fulham in 2016 and has gone on to make 26 appearances in all competitions, conceding 31 goals and keeping seven clean sheets. The 36-year-old has played second fiddle to Jordan Pickford between the sticks and may find his No.2 spot at risk following the arrival of Jonas Lössl from Huddersfield Town this summer.

Galloway has been on the periphery at Everton for some time. The 23-year-old joined from MK Dons in 2014 but has only made 21 appearances in all competitions, the last of which came against Carlisle United on January 31, 2016. Galloway finds himself behind Lucas Digne and Leighton Baines in the pecking order and doesn’t appear to have a future at Goodison Park as a result.

Garbutt is in a similar situation as Galloway. The 26-year-old has never been able to establish himself as a regular at Everton due to the stiff competition for places. After rising through the youth ranks to the first-team in 2015, Garbutt has made only 12 appearances in all competitions and has spent more time away on loan – Colchester United (2013/14), Fulham (2015/16), Wigan Athletic (2016/17) and Oxford United (2018/19).

McCarthy was a regular at Everton before injuries decimated his playing time in the last two years. He joined from Wigan in 2013 and has made a respectable 133 appearances in all competitions. Unfortunately, McCarthy has only featured 20 times (1048 minutes) in the last three years and finds himself behind Andre Gomes, Idrissa Gueye, Tom Davies and Morgan Schneiderlin in the pecking order.

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