TalkSport reporter Alex Crook has recently claimed that Frank Lampard putting Everton starlet Anthony Gordon back into the first team could mean he is likely to stay at the club, despite transfer links.
So far this season, the Toffees have struggled and so far are yet to pick up a win. A big reason for this has been the departure of star man Richarlison and an injury to starting striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Despite losing a key man in Richarlison and so far failing to replace him, another one of their key men have been linked with a move away in Gordon, who has attracted interest from Premier League giants Chelsea in recent weeks.
However, it would appear Gordon is not likely to leave Goodison Park this summer despite a huge offer of £60m from the Blues, and Crook believes the fact that he started in their recent game against Brentford and Lampard’s change in attitude is a telling factor.
Crook told TalkSport: “I was more confident in the Gordon one when Frank Lampard spoke to TalkSport after the Fleetwood game in the cup in midweek, he seemed almost resigned to the fact that would happen.
“I think the fact he’s then put him back in the team, he’s scored a goal, he came out quite defiantly and said ‘he’s our player and someone we want to keep’. I just wonder if he’s had a nod from the owner that maybe they’re not going to sell Anthony Gordon to Chelsea.”
TIF Thoughts on the Gordon saga…
While Everton may be reluctant to lose another key component of their side, especially a young talent like Gordon, turning down £60m for a player who is currently not worth that money is arguably ludicrous and another example of bad business.
Gordon has scored just five goals in 53 Premier League appearances and as you can see here, three of them were deflections, while one was a shot from Richarlison which deflected off him and beat the goalkeeper.
There is no doubt Gordon is talented and has bags of potential, that if unlocked, could turn him into a hugely talented starter at a top team. However, at the time of writing, we believe he is way off this and may never be worth £60m again. It is always a struggle to replace a star with this little time in the window, but considering their financial situation, it feels like they have missed a huge opportunity here if Crook’s hunch turns out to be correct.
Should Everton keep Gordon?