Date: 11th February 2020 at 7:30pm
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Lewis Gibson is only two games into his loan spell at Fleetwood Town, but he’s already impressing at Highbury, drawing plaudits from manager Joey Barton.

The 19-year-old has played every minute of every game since joining Fleetwood on deadline day and could give Carlo Ancelotti a lot to ponder at Everton next season if he continues to shine.

Gibson made his debut in Town’s 2-1 win over Doncaster Rovers (February 1). As per WhoScored, he made 32 touches, won three aerial duels, completed 54.2% of his 24 passes, made one tackle, blocked one shot and made one clearance.

Barton raved over his performance, saying: “Lewis Gibson looked the real deal and handled it superbly, and he’ll come on so much for that.”

His second appearance came in Fleetwood’s 2-1 win over AFC Wimbledon (February 8). Gibson helped limit Wimbledon to just two shots on target over the 90 minutes and drew more praise from his manager.

Barton said: “Lewis (Gibson) only played his second ever league game and a lot of balls came down his channel, which he dealt with. He was outstanding and got better and better as the game went on.”

Everton were in the market for a centre-back last summer to provide backup to Michael Keane and Yerry Mina before  Mason Holgate became a regular. They failed to sign a defender in January and may now abandon their pursuit due to Gibson’s progression.

It’s still early days for the 19-year-old, but he has a contract until 2022 and is impressing in League One.

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