Jobi McAnuff has urged Everton to keep hold of Anthony Gordon and snub a potential January transfer to Newcastle United as he misses training once more, as he told Sky Sports News (24/01/23 at 7:20 pm).
With Frank Lampard out of the door, the drama doesn’t stop at Goodison, with suggestions that Gordon, for the second day running, hasn’t been present for training at Finch Farm, as reported by Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie.
All of this comes against the backdrop that Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United want to take the boyhood Toffees star on board before the window slams shut next week.
In the summer, there was well-documented interest in Gordon’s talents, and despite Richarlison heading for the exit door, the versatile Englishman stayed on board.
But the 21-year-old’s form this season has been pretty abject and he only has three goals to his name, with no assists, and no goals since October.
Despite that, those at St James’ Park are still keen, as Sky Sports Presenter and Everton fan Julian Warren asked former EFL player Jobi McAnuff if Gordon leaving would be a ‘good deal’.
Julian Warren: “The news today is that Newcastle United are opening talks with Everton, in a bid to sign Anthony Gordon. You think in the summer there was £50 or £60 million being talked about from Chelsea? Maybe now £40 million might tempt Everton, Jobi would £40 million be a good deal?”
McAnuff responded: “I think that brings us to the really important point, in terms of the timing of the decision to let Frank Lampard go.
“The window, how many days have we got left now? Who is in control over who we are buying and selling, in terms of keeping Everton in the Premier League?
“When you look at an Anthony Gordon, if he is going to stay, then you need to get him back, get him back into the team and doing what he was doing earlier on in the season. He absolutely will help you stay up. But that uncertainty to throw into the mix, which isn’t a help.”
TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE
The new manager couldn’t come quick enough and he has to be somebody that demands discipline and takes zero BS.
The houses needs to be cleaned at Goodison Park, and if that means parting ways with someone like Gordon this month, and getting a fee for him, then so be it.
It’s a mess everywhere you look and the last thing the club needs are players that aren’t willing to drive themselves to the ground for the three points.