In a press conference after a hard-fought draw against Leeds United at Elland Road, Frank Lampard has said on Anthony Gordon: “I’m very confident he’ll be our player”. This could be a big hit to Chelsea‘s transfer goals, with the Everton player seemingly stuck at Goodison Park. This comes after the Merseyside club’s rejection of previous bids from Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard ‘Very Confident’ of Retaining Anthony Gordon
How Important is Anthony Gordon?
Anthony Gordon is the most important attacker at Everton at the moment. This is because of a combination of factors, the first of which is his skill on the ball. His pace and ability to control the ball mean that, whilst the Toffees very rarely have the ball and make attacks, the English youngster is a significant part of the play every time the Merseyside club go forward.
Another part of the appeal of Gordon is his ability to frustrate opponents. In the match at Elland Road alone, the youngster repeatedly wasted time on throw-ins, started a physical altercation and got several opponents booked. This is an underrated part of his game, but one that could provide Everton (or Chelsea) with a competitive edge.
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Why Are Chelsea Interested?
Todd Boehly and the Stamford Bridge hierarchy are looking for defenders. With Timo Werner now plying his craft in the Bundesliga, more attacking options are an ideal way of rebalancing the squad and providing Thomas Tuchel with the resources he needs for better performances.
Everton’s newest young gem is the perfect option for Chelsea. He is a young player with plenty of space for development, whilst also offering a lot of versatility. Starting his career as a winger, Gordon plays anywhere Frank Lampard requires in the front line. Such flexibility is a necessity for a modern Premier League side, with tactics transitioning as a match evolves.
Lampard on Anthony Gordon: “I’m very confident he’ll be our player. Deadline to decide to sell him has passed”. 🚨🔵 #EFC
“He’s too important a player, he’s shown his worth. What good what it do us to do anything with Anthony now?”. pic.twitter.com/MUF45p8d8I
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 30, 2022
Is a Move Still Possible?
In theory, Anthony Gordon making the move away from Goodison Park is still possible. Whilst Lampard is firmly opposed to the move, the Toffees only recently had significant financial issues. Selling another valuable player like the young forward provides a huge source of potential income for the club to build from.
However, this statement means that if the Blues want to snatch Gordon away, they’ll need to pay a premium. His importance to the side is huge, and the Toffees would be left scrambling for a desperate final day signing. Everton could do with more financial security, but not at the expense of Premier League survival.
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