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First Team Duty Spurs Luke

by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

Luke Garbutt is thriving on his recent first-team involvement, but insists he remains committed to aiding the Club's Under-21 side when called upon.

The 20-year-old left-back has been on Roberto Martinez's subs bench in recent weeks alongside fellow youngster Tyias Browning, but the duo were back in action for the Blues' second-string for Monday's 3-1 win against Southampton (highlights are above).

Garbutt netted twice from the penalty spot to seal the three points and after the game he told how much he is enjoying mixed duties.

He said: "Training with the first-team every day is helping me a lot. The standard up there is so high and the team is performing so well in pushing for a European place and that can only benefit me in the long run.

"Similarly, these games are keeping me match sharp and that benefits me as well, so I'll keep doing what I'm doing and stay professional."

Picking opposite corners for his spot-kicks, Garbutt displayed confidence akin to fellow left-back Leighton Baines when stepping up from 12 yards .

"It's all about having the right mentality when you take a penalty," explained Garbutt. "If you doubt yourself, nine times out of 10 you'll miss.

"It's all about picking a corner and going for it. I knew in myself that if I did that, there would be a good chance it would go in, so I'm really pleased with them both."

Everton Under-21s are back at Southport's Merseyrail Community Stadium on Thursday against Arsenal (7pm kick-off).

Garbutt added: "We go into the Arsenal game fully confident looking for the win. If we show the same heart and mentality as we did against Southampton, we won't go far wrong."

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