Reading Football Club are very pleased to confirm that promising young Everton defender, Lewis Gibson, has this evening put pen to paper on a loan move to the Madejski.
The 20-year-old Durham-born defender arrived in Berkshire earlier this afternoon to complete a medical and he now joins Veljko Paunović’s squad until the end of the season. He will take squad number 15.
“I am absolutely delighted that Lewis has come to join the group and to be part of what we are trying to achieve here at Reading,” Pauno said.
Gibson came through the youth ranks at Newcastle United but joined the Toffees at the age of 17.
Having already featured at the higher age group, Gibson quickly became a regular under David Unsworth in Merseyside, routinely representing Everton’s Under-23s over the course of the next three seasons and captaining the side to a league and cup double in 2018-19.
And he earned his first minutes in league football when he joined Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town on loan for the second half of last season.
He kept four clean sheets in nine League One starts for Fleetwood and was unbeaten throughout – helping the Lancashire side win six and draw three to edge into a top six spot.
Although Lewis and his teammates’ campaign was cut short by the pandemic, he featured in a play-off semi-final against Wycombe Wanderers only for two first leg red cards for two of his Cod Army teammates to thwart any hopes of promotion.
An England youth international, Gibson was part of Steve Cooper’s squad that lifted the Under-17 World Cup in 2017 – sharing an England dressing room with the likes of Phil Foden, Rhian Brewster, Callum Hudson-Odoi and former Royal Danny Loader amongst others.
He has since made his mark for England at Under-20 level, playing the full ninety minutes in their 3-0 friendly win over Iceland last November.
Now Carlo Ancelotti has allowed the talented defender to tackle the challenge of the Championship under the guidance of Royals boss Veljko Paunović.