Anthony Gordon: The bright spark in a difficult season for Everton

Tuesday, 26 April, 2022 4comments  |  Jump to last

If you like to read about Everton players showing well in the heavily analytical statistical evaluations of their on-field performance metrics, then this article is for you.

It shows Anthony Gordon ranking very high in comparison with his Premier League rivals when it comes to wing play, dribbling, defensive interceptions and duels.

But he's less effective when it comes to end product, such as crossing, and the really important stats, he has only scored 4 goals and registered 3 assists in this painfully goal-shy Everton side. But this article cites mitigating circumstances:

With Dominic Calvert Lewin missing most of the season with injury problems and Richarlison being injured at various stages, Everton's attacking play has been very stagnant and inconsistent. Everton's wide players have suffered because of this as there has been no fluidity with their attacks.

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Justin Doone
1 Posted 26/04/2022 at 14:57:59
I use my eyes to judge a player and AG is doing very well after initially finding the pace, strength and stamina a struggle.

I noticed the same with Simms, after 20 minutes they start to flag and then get a second wind 10 minutes later. It's an incredibly demanding league.

But he needs to cut out the late lunge he does when tackling, often turning his shoulder and hips into opposition players when the ball has gone. It will only earn him more needless yellow cards.

As with Richarlison, he needs to be stronger and stay on his feet, certainly in the first 20 minutes. Also smarter to shield the ball better and ensure defders make contact with you not the other way around.

But the consistency of his form in a struggling team has been very impressive. Probably our player of the season.

Gray and Townsend started we'll but faded. Richarlison is always hit and miss. The rest, average to poor.

Jim Bennings
2 Posted 27/04/2022 at 21:30:19
For the first season I am remember we have not had a genuine standout candidate for Player of the Year.

Anthony Gordon probably has been the brightest spark but Player of the Year we talk about a winger that's scored what, three goals?

Thats a measure of how bad we've been this season, and also how inept going forward that Townsend is still our top goalscorer.

Joe McMahon
3 Posted 27/04/2022 at 22:13:43
Jim, certainly not many candidates. But my shout is for Vitaliy Mykolenko. New to England, having to make himself available for a dysfunctional relegation threatened team, and his home country is under seige, and getting more destroyed by the day.

He's coping with all this whilst settling in, putting in the effort and improving game by game. Hats off to him me thinks, he's an inspiration!

Neil Copeland
4 Posted 27/04/2022 at 22:20:05
Joe #3, I was thinking exactly the same, he’s just got on with it and as you say getting better every game.

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