Anthony Gordon's loan switch to Preston North End hasn't gone entirely according to plan so far as the young winger angles to get more game time at the Championship club.
Preston are believed to have been one of more than 20 clubs to have inquired about taking Gordon on loan this season but despite there being plenty of optimism that the short move to Deepdale would be an ideal one, he has just four games over the past seven weeks.
Gordon was an unused substitute in Preston's 2-0 to Middlesbrough, a decision that manager Alex Neil described as tactical, explaining that the felt the 20-year-old would want too much time on the ball for what he anticipated would be a hectic encounter.
“Fans want to see exciting players,” he was quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo. “I understand that and that's not lost on me. The thing with Anthony is that he wants to take touches, and against Middlesbrough they want to lock you in, so you need to limit your touches — certainly if you're high up the pitch.”
Preston supporters greeted Gordon's arrival with a tremendous amount of positivity and there were some rave reviews of his early displays on social media from Lilywhites fans. Both they and Everton will be hoping he gets a start against Luton Town this weekend so that he gets the experience he needs from this temporary spell in the lower division.
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1 Posted 19/03/2021 at 11:33:20
Sometimes, as I'm sure all Evertonians know, you have to fight for every ball and win the battles. It ain't pretty but needs must.
Our first team have got more technically gifted players than 10 years ago, but where's the fight?
A now outdated phrase was too "man-up", or "boys against men". But in general it's the fighting spirit, the energy, the common sense to manage a game.
By all means understand tactics and positions but do what need to be done to get a result on the pitch no matter what the circumstances are.
Sorry, strong brew this morning.
2 Posted 19/03/2021 at 12:33:17
3 Posted 19/03/2021 at 12:36:12
4 Posted 19/03/2021 at 13:44:31
The Blackburn fans were annoyed at Gordons omission, playing and dealing physical teams is part of his learning curve and leaving him out didnt solve anything.
Justin, sometimes I think they want to fight and the intent is there but two or three of our players do not quite posses the athleticism or agility to match our opponents. Possibly down to past injury or just never possessing the natural physical attributes.
Take Gomes, a gifted footballer and has a refined elegance about him but doesnt possess the zip and agility needed for top six midfielder.
5 Posted 19/03/2021 at 15:38:58
6 Posted 19/03/2021 at 16:02:04
7 Posted 19/03/2021 at 16:42:25
Mason Mount did well learning the ropes at Vitesse Arnhem. Something like that might be a better bet. It sounds like he wasn't short of offers generally.
8 Posted 19/03/2021 at 16:53:09
If Neil is thinking, were only going to use him in games where he can attack and use his strengths that is wrong. I appreciate hes got a team to manage, games to win and hes not a nurse maid for youngsters but he or someone on his staff should be working with Gordon on these weaknesses, not just benching him.
My fear is that we end up with the same situation as Kieran Dowell when on loan at Notts Forest. Fans loved him, he scored some cracking goals, played stylish football but when times got tough he was dropped. Nobody worked on his weaknesses or improved him. When he came back to us he was the same very talented Dowell with a poor work rate which meant he was never going to force his way into our team.
9 Posted 19/03/2021 at 16:59:56
10 Posted 19/03/2021 at 17:33:47
11 Posted 19/03/2021 at 18:16:46
Highlights of their last game here in which he scored a beaut. Received the ball, nice pass and move, to crack it home from outside the box with, of course, his left foot.
Delicious irony, I suppose, that it was against his first loan club Forest where he initially did so well. He - and we - were unlucky there. He was scoring and creating for fun in the first half of the season under Mark Warburton who, if I remember correctly, got poached by Rangers. The new manager Karanka played a more 'pragmatic' football and didn't fancy Kieran who hardly played under him.
Kieran's football abilities never ever in doubt. As pure a footballing talent that has come through the ranks in the last 10 years, IMO.
12 Posted 19/03/2021 at 21:21:11
Kieran Dowell scored a great goal. I think it was him who also took a very good free-kick, which he was very good at playing for the Blues. He had all the talent in the world, as you say, but Phill @(8), describes why he hasn't made it, up to now. It's up to Kieran himself if he goes any further up the ladder.
Although he has a very good chance of playing in the Premier League next season, he has to realise he will not make it on talent alone. Fight, bottle, heart, desire – call it what you will – that's what he has lacked since I first saw him when he was 16. Time he wised up; he will be rich already but he can be a lot richer if he adds some steel to his game.
13 Posted 19/03/2021 at 21:25:00
Warburton was at Rangers before Forest. He ended up getting sacked at Forest after the ratio of for/against in their high-scoring games started stacking up higher numbers in the against column. But yeah you're right, Karanka was the complete opposite to the attack-minded Warburton and seemed to have little time for Dowell.
14 Posted 20/03/2021 at 09:37:08
15 Posted 20/03/2021 at 10:47:02
16 Posted 20/03/2021 at 11:39:21
I think he'll still need another full season on loan, maybe 2, before he can step up. But also think he needs to be in a team playing progressive, attacking football - Brentford, Reading or something similar.
17 Posted 20/03/2021 at 14:28:58
18 Posted 20/03/2021 at 23:12:48
He needs a footballing side not one looking for grit and battles every game.
Wasted at this current Preston set up. No slight meant to Preston.
These sort of loan deals can break as well as make players.
Gee Whizz, just look at Keane. Couldn't hit a barn door here but in a likeminded team looks a class performer. (No I didn't mean fellow barn door missers)
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