Sam Allardyce has revealed that Luke Garbutt has not been involved with the Everton first-team at any stage, including training sessions at Finch Farm.
The 24-year-old was deemed to have a bright future at the club, however, it appears a decision made by former manager Ronald Koeman could have gone against him.
The former Everton boss decided not to register the left-back in his 25-man squad ahead of the Premier League season, with Allardyce also confirming that he has not involved the player since his arrival at Goodison Park.
The Toffees, who have had defensive woes for a long time with the likes of Seamus Coleman and Ramiro Funes Mori both out with long-term injuries, have been utilising Cuco Martina in the left-back position.
The former Southampton player is naturally a right-sided player, with many Everton fans noticing that he does not always appear to look comfortable on the ball, and has been preferred to Garbett to fill in the void on the left.
Despite Allardyce admitting the Toffees left-back has not been part of his plans, he did make a suggestion that he would be prepared to look at him this winter to see if he could offer his side anything in that area of the pitch.
“My understanding is that he wasn’t included in the 25-man squad at the start of the season so he hasn’t been training with us,” the Everton manager told the Liverpool Echo.
“We’ve got to the end of January to assess players who haven’t been included in that squad that they’re willing to fight to get in the squad and a chance to get in the first team.”
Big Sam will be turning his attention to Everton’s next match, which is an away trip to Tottenham Hotspur in the league, and will be looking for his side to try and compete with Spurs at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.