Gordon joins Newcastle in £40m move

27/01/2023 354comments  |  Jump to last
Transfer confirmed

Everton and Newcastle United have come to agreement over the transfer of Anthony Gordon, with the winger joining the Magpies in a deal that is officially undisclosed but widely reported to be worth an initial £40m.

The 21-year-old successfully engineered an exit from Goodison Park this week, six months after a transfer for a similar fee to Chelsea collapsed when the two clubs failed to reach an agreement over his value.

Gordon was granted permission to miss training on Tuesday afternoon when Leighton Baines and Paul Tait took their first session with the team as stand-in coaches following the sacking of Frank Lampard but was absent without leave on Wednesday and Thursday this week as he held talks with Newcastle.

He was back at Finch Farm on Thursday but, having now submitted a formal transfer request, the wheels on his move to Tyneside very much in motion and he underwent a medical on Friday.

Article continues below video content

Gordon was an important component of Lampard's side that successfully avoided relegation last season, his tenacity and some key goals being standout features of what was a struggling team, and he was rewarded with the No.10 jersey for 2022-23.

Though he made a strong start to the current season, his form dropped off alarmingly after the summer transfer window closed and despite being joint-top scorer with 3 goals, he has been a fringe player for the past month, used mostly off the bench.

It was reported that he had made his desire to join Chelsea known to the Everton hierarchy and the disappointent and not getting a big-money move to London ahead of the 2022 World Cup was evident in his performances.

A bumper new contract to replace the one that was due to expire in the summer of 2024 for the homegrown product remained unsigned over the international break while speculation has built over the course of this month that Newcastle were keen to make a move.

The deal that takes the reputed boyhood Liverpool-born player to the North East is believed to involve appearance-related add-ons that could take the fee to £45m, although the initial £40m will be paid up front and in full.

A sell-on clause was also reportedly included in a deal that is pure profit for Everton on a home-grown profit.

"Since I heard of the interest, I was always convinced Newcastle were for me," Gordon told NUFC TV after the transfer was confirmed. 

"I think the fan base and the city really suits me as a person, the way the team are playing under the gaffer at the minute really suits me, and the club just look like they're heading in the right direction.

"I feel like it's a really big step. People haven't seen what I'm capable of yet. I think under the gaffer, and the way the club's going, I can really excel here.

"I've always been at Everton my whole footballing career so far, so it's been difficult but this was an opportunity I really couldn't miss out on.

"I didn't mean to disrespect or offend anyone at Everton and, obviously, I'm hoping they know that and hopefully they can reinvest the money now and stay in the Premier League. I never imagined it or wanted it to go like that, that’s why it’s been such a tough week for me.”

In a personal note to Everton posted to social media, Gordon thanked the club and its fans for making his dreams come true and giving him "some of the best nights of my life" before imploring Blues supporters to "stick by the team because they need you.

"I love this club and I always have from the day I joined but the time has come for me to leave," he continued. "I know many won't understand but the next chapter awaits. I will always wish the best for this club and [will] always be watching on.

"From the bottom of my heart, thank you and good luck."




Reader Comments (354)

Note: the following content is not moderated or vetted by the site owners at the time of submission. Comments are the responsibility of the poster. Disclaimer ()

Kev Wood
1 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:12:29
Provided he passes the medical, shake his hand, wish him well and move on to more pressing business for Everton Football Club.
Colin Glassar
2 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:12:41
Can we afford Arnautovic and Michael Antonio now? Two great, young prospects with loads of potential.
Gerry Quinn
3 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:13:49
For Heavens sake do not put him on a treadmill as he will probably take that Gordon dive that he seems to have perfected!
Daniel A Johnson
4 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:15:30
Got to feel sorry for him. He will be Newcastle’s record signing and they are getting a unproven player. The Geordies are going to be thoroughly unimpressed. I keep thinking to all the times he played and what he’s showed to justify that price tag. He had a 5-6 game purple patch and got ideas above his station. Too much too soon for him. Badly advised by his agent who no doubt used the fan incident to engineer a move.

Great business for us though.

Lewis Barclay
5 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:16:57
Great business.

Move on.

Lee Courtliff
6 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:17:53
I'm long past the stage of thinking players "love the club" or are "one of us". So, I say good luck to him and hopefully we can start producing 1 or 2 more academy players that bring us a pretty big transfer fee.

Yeah, the way he's gone about it does SOUND a bit shitty, but I don't really care. Let him go and we move on.

Bill Fairfield
7 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:18:08
Wish him all the best,and hope the fee received helps towards keeping us in the Premier League.
Joe McMahon
8 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:18:40
Good luck to him. At the moment that kind of money is more important than waiting for Anthony to be the player we need. It does also underline how badly we did with the sale of Richie to Spurs, and shows that yet again Levy pulled our trousers down and bent us over.

He's costing the same as Guimaraes, so that a good deal for us.

Colin - please don't!

Pete Williams
9 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:20:41
Good money for a diver who hardly ever scores or assists. Francis Jeffers Mk2. Townsend will be more use and it gives Dyche some money to spend.
Martin Farrington
10 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:23:28
Dont come back.
Just hope its not another Rooney sale.
Never believe anything until its signed, sealed delivered though
Daniel A Johnson
11 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:23:42
The fact that no one genuinely seems arsed about him going sums it up really.
Pete Williams
12 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:24:34
Daniel #4 didn't Joelinton cost them £40m too? Anyway, it's a lot of cash just for potential!
Tony Byrne
13 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:24:43
This money could keep us up if spent wisely, once this deal has gone through.
Garry Martin
14 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:26:23
Another Jeffers, Rodwell or Barkeley ?
Kevin Prytherch
15 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:28:20
Great value this

He’s the second fastest player player in the league this season

He has more shots and expected goals than the vast majority of U21 players in the league

He sprints more in a game than any other Everton player

Yet, we can’t wait to get rid of him.

£40m - that’s only £5m more than McNeil and Maupay - and we think this will improve the team?

Shit business, and shame on many fans for the constant verbal abuse and for the horrible car incident, you’ve forced the lad out of the club. Who’d want to be an Everton academy player?

Andrew Clare
16 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:31:33
No doubt Gordon will now flourish in a very good team and we will see how good he is. I'm sure a lot of our players would look much better in a decent team with a manager who knows what he is doing.
It's not good to sell your best young players. We will now probably buy a couple of old journeyman players past their sell by date.
Bad times at Everton.
Roger Helm
17 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:32:55
I agree with Pete and Garry, it is a good deal for us.
Mike Brownlow
18 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:33:25
This will be probably be his biggest contribution to EFC... can we have St Maximin as part of the deal ?
Ray Smith
19 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:35:15
Good business, but how much will Dyche be given to spend.
God help us if BK gets involved, which equates to more duds coming in.
Please don’t let Thelwell near any signings this window, unsigned contracts will be laying on his desk, while other clubs continue to make transfers in and out.
Dyche needs to take command, and I’m sure Moshiri will let him.
As regards Gordon, the boy, yes boy, has swallowed all the hype about his pedigree and potential, and then had his head turned after Chelsea allegedly offered £60m for him.
I’m not so sure he’s worth £40m but I’ll take it.
Peter Pan springs to mind as the boy that never grew up!
Quite sad actually, he’s gone about this transfer with no regard to his team mates, the club and most importantly us the fans.
Good luck warming the bench!!
Duncan McDine
20 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:37:21
I wish him well tbh, but I think it’s good business if it means we can get someone in who knows where the goal is (and that’s a BIG IF). Gordon will have to add some end product to his talent if he’s going to reach the next level. I have my doubts that he’ll be a success at Newcastle but won’t feel bitter if proved wrong.
John Davies
21 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:38:00
£40M + add-ons for an completely unproven player, who doesn't want to be here, is good business for us at this moment in time, provided we spend it wisely in the next few days. (Now that would be a novelty!) If he turns out to be a really decent player in the future, then good on the lad but at the moment he really isn't and I don't think he ever will be (just my opinion). I know others will disagree.
Tony Everan
22 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:38:21
Sad to see him go but the money is big. Now use the money to buy two players who can score some goals. Gyokeres rumoured.
Phil Wood
23 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:40:56
I wish him well.
£40M not bad in the circumstances. Hope we and he come out of this happy.
Kieran Kinsella
24 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:41:19
Eddie Howe reverting to type over paying for promising players from Merseyside. People keep talking about his immense speed, but if that's worth keeping we already have Dobbin.
Dave Lynch
25 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:43:06
Big time Charlie.
If he think Liverpool is a microcosm wait till he gets a taste of Newcastle if he plays shite.

Jeff Armstrong
26 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:43:06
Morrocan World Cup midfield playmaker Ounahi who is excellent btw, going to Marseille for £9.5 million, absolute bargain there, can we not hijack the deal Tottingham style?

What an out and in that would be.

Dennis Stevens
27 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:44:58
I wonder if they told Dyche - he'll be well chuffed!
James Newcombe
28 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:45:52
A couple of months ago there was a thread on Twitter (or Facebook, I can't quite remember) where people were discussing their least favourite Premier League player. Gordon came up a lot! Especially from those loveable Geordies, who have a weird obsession with Everton right now. I wonder if they will change their minds...

Anyway, good luck to him. I actually think he might thrive under Howe; but we'll see.

John Zapa
29 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:47:07
Whats the odds that the club will sign a couple players at the level of Dele/Maupay/McNeil and waste the 40m? Or possibly the funds will be used to for Lampards payout and continuing the stadium construction.
Brett Jonathan
30 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:47:48
Great business. A player who has always flattered to deceive. At least this time he is deceiving another club! Newcastle will eat him alive.
Raymond Fox
31 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:48:53
Howe must think he's worth it, time will tell.

This is why we are not progressing as a team, if you cant keep hold of your better players we're never going to challenge the best teams. We are in the same boat as most of the teams in the Prem. though, as soon as a player is wanted by the usual suspects their off.

Its a stretch to class Newcastle a top team yet the're doing well, yes at the moment, but they will probably hit a bad patch before long.

I'm disappointed with Gordon though, to leave when we are in this position is beneath contempt. He'll be in for a rough ride when he comes to play here next time.

Steve Brown
32 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:49:32
Posted by Tony Scott.

Anthony Gordon’s premier league record:

65 games

10 yellow cards

253 passes forward

283 passes back

5 big chances created

7 goals

3 assists.

Good luck to him. Bottom line is we need the money to strengthen the squad.

Gray and Gordon are one-dimensional and very similar. We need something different up front.

Kunal Desai
33 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:50:20
Good luck to him, i'd do the same in his position and i've done the same in the industry I work in. Everyone is it for themselves. Need to look after number one and that is YOURSELF.
Mike Gaynes
34 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:51:42
I'm thoroughly pleased with this deal. Good move for all at a fair price IMO.

There were moments early this season when I thought he was developing beyond my expectations -- which have always been somewhat lower than most here -- but he has not proven to be a regular contributor to success, and I will never forget that idiotic foul.

It's best for both the player and the club that he moves on, and I think the price is right.

Pat Kelly
35 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:54:38
If there are any cul de sacs in Newcastle, Gordon is sure to find them.

Onana to Chelsea and Pickford to Spurs ?

Kieran Kinsella
36 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:56:53

So he gets 2 yellow cards for every big chance created? That sounds like the kind of record Vinnie Jones would have.

Ian Edwards
37 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:57:38
£45m!!!! We have well and truly mugged off Newcastle. He's not worth anywhere near that. He'll be happy as he can afford some more silly dyed haircuts. We are well shot of him. He has an almost games and goals record as Michael Keane.
Chris Stubbs
38 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:57:59
Like Rodwell and Barkley, this lad will soar to news heights of mediocrity and will eventually arrive at the station at the end of the line called obscurity. Maybe Duncan will find a role for him at Forest Green. I understand the grass is in fact much greener there.
Bill Gall
39 Posted 27/01/2023 at 16:59:25
Well it shows the type of person he is the club gets in a bind and he wants to leave

I know since I was born I only lived in Liverpool for 36yrs, but by that time I learned that if you are born in Liverpool you do not back down from a fight and that is what Everton are in at this time. He could have done the same as Richarlison and left in the summertime.

The only hope we have is we can use the money for a decent midfielder and a scoring winger. I for one will not wish him good luck as he is deserting when Everton need every player they have.

Mike Allison
40 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:02:18
You’ve got to keep players but you’ve got no chance of doing that if they get attacked and abused by fans. Anyone would want to leave. Some of our fans are awful and we’re all now getting what they deserve.
Steve Brown
41 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:03:15
Kieran, he is a versatile player.

He can fill any spot on the Newcastle bench.

Steve Brown
42 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:04:38
When Newcastle asked for film of his season’s highlights, his agent sent them a photo of his haircut.
Anthony Flack
43 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:06:33
Steve @42 - genius
Dave Williams
44 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:10:33
Great deal- £40m for the transfer kitty and a huge help as regards FFP.
Now let’s spend wisely!!!
Brent Stephens
45 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:11:03
Wish him luck - and £40m + add-ons! Good deal for us.
James Flynn
46 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:11:41
What Lewis (5) said.

Kevin (15) - Like thousands of professional footballers before him, Anthony decided to go play for a team that would give him a huge pay raise.

Anthony was lauded for his efforts last season in helping us stay up. Deservedly.

Then showed up to training wanting away to Chelsea. Newcastle showed interest too. You think all the interest surprised Gordon and his agent? He wanted to leave then.

So, I'd agree that Anthony, like any player, shouldn't be harassed in public. Personally, I don't "boo" any players. Not that I'm so righteous. I just don't do it.

But this, "you’ve forced the lad out of the club." Bullshit.

He wanted away since pre-season and by reports is on the cusp of getting HIS wish. More money, better team, better for HIM. Good for Gordon and fair enough.

Still, being viewed as a rat deserting a sinking ship that supporters remain on by choice? Of course he got shouted at. Again, I wouldn't do it. But there you go. A HANDFUL did.

But Anthony Gordon left Everton Football Club only and exclusively because he wanted to since last Summer. Not because some supporters got on his back.

By the way, Mina was in his car that evening getting it too. He got out and faced up to the exact same bunch. Why didn't Anthony?

Trevor Powell
47 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:13:06
Should have nade him ask for a transfer and see how he feels without his 5% signing on fee. Cupid Stunt, as he'll now be just a bench warmer and is he likely to imrove them without regular starts!
Colin Glassar
48 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:13:46
Will the Gordon money be added to the Arteta money?
Jonathan Oppenheimer
49 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:16:18
The ideal scenario for all would’ve been that we weren’t on the brink and forced to sell him, where he could’ve matured under us for 2 more years and not felt the pressure to carry us, as he probably did this year the second he got the number 10 shirt and given he’s a homegrown kid.

But nothing about the last several years has been ideal, and so here we are. This seems reasonable business, as was Richarlison I felt at the time. The issue will continue to be how we invest. If it’s a Kudus type for £40 million or two solid £20 million players to add goals and attacking threat, then great. If it’s Arnautovich and Antonio and more of the Maupay and McNeil overpay type, we will be in trouble. Unless, of course, Dyche works magic. My useless prediction for the second half, regardless of who does or doesn’t come in the next few days, is that if we turn it around it will be James Garner who leads the way. Because if ever there is hope, it’s with someone who has shone before and is on our books and we haven’t really seen much of. COYB!

And thank you, Anthony, for giving us that tiny bit of hope you’d come good over the last couple of seasons, mostly working very hard, and seeming to care about your boyhood club (at least until the big names came calling).

Peter Fearon
50 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:18:35
Boundless energy. Blistering pace, Can't cross. Can't shoot. Can't head the ball. Careless in the tackle. 0800-SEE YA!
Ray Smith
51 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:19:00
Trevor 47

Peter Pan

Darren Hind
52 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:19:17
Wasnt sure where he would end up...There were so many wealthy clubs interested in him.

45m ?. A player is like everything else. He's only worth what someone is prepared to pay for him. There were so many top clubs and qualified people thinking he is about 45m quid better than err "shite"

I don't care about Franny Jeffers. He left over 20 years ago, but, in the last five years we have pulled in over 62m from our academy boys.

If you take into consideration that David Unsworth persuaded Moyes to sign Stones. scouted Branthwaithe. Insisted we sign our biggest asset (DCL) after tracking him for years. Not to mention bringing through TD (Worth 5-6m ?) You realize what a fantastic job he did

While the cub has crashed all around the ears of multi million pound earning managers who have squandered half a billion quid. Once again we see irrefutable evidence that the FF junior staff have been running the only department thats worked at this club. They may not have had the top talent to work with, but my goodness have they paid for themselves

Gordon will thrive in Newcastle. The big fella will have FGR heading in the right direction and Rhino will undoubtedly restore Oldham to former Glories.

Here's to absent friends.

The new chapter begins this week. Lets hope Dyche can succeed where far more prominent names have failed so miserably

Chris James
53 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:19:52
Absolutely no qualms about this.
Plenty of potential, but very limited in terms of actual delivery and not one for Dyche!
. Could easily be the next Jeffers, Barkley, Davies, etc. We do need another forward or two though.
Steven Kendrew
54 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:20:52
Can we get Ziyech for the 20m Euros now? And a decent striker, maybe on loan? Who else?
Mike Corcoran
55 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:22:47
I hope he comes good but whiffs of Jeffers abound. I also hope our new manager can use the funds wisely but expect it will it slip behind the same couch cushion in Kenwrights as the half eaten Curly Wurly, the roach butt, empty can of Red Bull and the ARTETA MONEY.
John Chambers
56 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:23:55
He clearly had decided he no longer wanted to play for us so take the £40m and wave him bye bye. Hopefully some of the money can be invested before the end of the window
Ajay Gopal
57 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:24:15
I am very disappointed with some of the comments on here. I am not from the city (never even been near it), and I sometimes feel like I have more affinity to the local players than many posters here who were born and brought up on Merseyside! Strange...

I am sad that AG had to leave under the circumstances that he had to endure especially at the end of the last game. No player deserves that kind of treatment.

Raymond (71) - disappointed to see that comment from you - et tu Raymond? I thought you were one of the reasonable ones here. "I'm disappointed with Gordon though, to leave when we are in this position is beneath contempt." Do you really blame him wanting to leave after the treatment meted out to him, especially after his efforts last season which helped keep us up? Oh.. us fickle Everton fans! In our present situation, probably Everton need this deal to happen more than the player does?

If Everton do not have any local lads in the team, I think something would be lost in the club's culture. I wish young Anthony all the very best in his future career. At the same time, contradictory as it may sound, I welcome the opportunity to invest the money from his sale on a couple of good sensible signings that will help keep us up in the league.

Will Mabon
58 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:24:19
Same old same old - the continuing downgrade in quality.

Last time Richy for Maupay and McNeil. Now Gordon for... per Colin @ 2, prospects like Antonio or Arnautovic; but likely worse.

Guessing. pontificating that Gordon will fail like others before is scant compensation, denial. If he is to fail, his potential should be failing here.

40 million, and there's every chance this big club with self-afflicted money troubles will nonetheless likely spend a good part of it on a couple of nags that can "do a job". Expect danger men the like of Chris Wood or lesser.

Trevor Powell
59 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:25:25
Steve @ 32 shows his EFC statistics with seven goals. How many of them have been from big deflections and simple tap-ins. Certainly two lucky deflections from last season! Is it my memory playing tricks or has he created nothing for himself!

Sadly, I come from a time when there was some loyalty to the club that brought you through thier ranks. What a midfield of Rodwell, Barkely and Gordon could have been before greed set in!

Am I becoming Bitter and twisted!

Kevin Molloy
60 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:25:49
I never like seeing good players leave, this has the feeling of McMahon about it. And he's only 21. But, we have to raise money for a forward, it's as simple as that. I'd stick 30 on a forward, and ten on one other good player.
Tony Everan
61 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:26:27
Ndiaye and Gyokeres brought in for around the Gordon money could turn out to be shrewd business. If Thelwell can get them in at the right price.
Brian Williams
62 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:26:45
Thankyou very much!
Now use that money to get Gyokeres and Ziyech!!
Rob Jones
63 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:26:46
I'm sorry it came to this.

I'm not sorry he's gone.

He wanted to leave in the summer, and has absolutely stunk for much of the season.

If, for once, the money is well spent, we'll look back more generously at this moment.

Mike Corcoran
64 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:26:47
He'll look even more like Mr Logic from Viz in his barcode shirt
Jerome Shields
65 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:27:33
Good Luck to him.His contract negotiations where badly handled by Everton.Probably because they wanted to cash in on him.Which I believe came as a shock to him.
Mike Owen
66 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:27:46
I wish him well. There were times last season when Gordon led the way in taking on the opposition, sparking life into our team, getting our support singing.

A dip in form for any player is to be expected now and again, especially a young one, particularly when there is a lot of speculation about their future and talk of ridiculously high transfer fees. Hardly any surprise if at times this season the lad’s focus wasn’t spot on. He is only 21.

But, given our financial position, especially if we are having to pay up the contracts of Lampard & Co, I suspect the club may be even more keen than Gordon and his agent to “successfully engineer an exit” for him.

Ray Smith
67 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:28:57
I’m not sure if you sit glued to the tv on the eve of last day deadline deals?
I do, sadly.
However, with the way we conduct (try) last minute kamikaze deals, nothing will change!
Wouldn’t it be nice, just once, for EFC to declare business over beforehand.
Frank Sheppard
68 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:31:16
Good deal for us.
Kieran Kinsella
69 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:31:48
This can set a new mode for transfers at our club. Dyche needs to come out and say that Keane, Holgate or whoever is the lifeblood of our club. Give him a five minute run out, have some scallys chase him after the game and then we will be able to sell him for 40 million.
Anthony Jones
70 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:33:31
Bye bye, moaning Kopite rat.

Barry Rathbone
71 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:33:41
Todays game is all about pace the last of the ball players, Messi and Ronaldo, are effectively dead with none taking their place. Sprinters are the new princes of footy, see Mbappe.

So Gordon with his speed might do well if newly monied Newcastle keep building nicely and he gets games but the reality is he knows more than any of us the monstrous gap between Everton and challenging clubs.

I just can't bring myself to blame him.

Colin Glassar
72 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:34:59
Ajay, chill. We really, deep down, all love each other but living in a city where only one club appears to exist isn’t easy. It’s just frustration and anger and the local lads always seem to get the worst of it.

I remember Mick Lyons getting stick. Peter Reid too. Ossie and Hibbo got tons of abuse. Then it was Barkley now Gordon. We have such high hopes for these lads so when they don’t perform to our high standards it just hurts a lot more. Most of us would’ve given an arm or a leg to play at Goodison for Everton. So when a local lad wants to walk away it’s like a dagger through the heart.

Charles Brewer
73 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:35:42
Good. Fuck off and don't come back.

Many ex-players and managers get a deserved good reception at Goodison. Arteta, Richarlison, even Moyes will get a cheer and a round of applause at the beginning of a match (not necessarily the end!). I wouldn't expect Digne, Stones or even the likes of Gomes, Tosun or Rondon (if they were ever to return) to get anything but a friendly reception.

However, I expect this limited-talent, dim-witted, anger-management-issues moron will get some serious stick when he returns. And he will deserve every insult, piece of ridicule and abuse that comes his way.

As to his being quick, I remember when I used to go to Chicago a lot being told by an American colleague about an Olympic sprinter who was signed by one of the NFL team to play as a wide receiver (one of those blokes who run off down the pitch and the quarterback tries to throw the ball to him). He could outpace any defender and was signed for a fortune. But it turned out he couldn't catch for toffee and no amount of training made any serious difference.

In the last World Cup, I finally saw just how good Messi was, it wasn't his pace - indeed in some ways it was his willingness to slow down unexpectedly that threw defenders off, it was his amazing awareness of where to put a pass and his apparently miraculous ability to see moves no-one else could that made him great. Almost exactly the opposite of Gordon and Sterling.

Steve Shave
74 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:39:36
Tony @61 those two would be my choices as well. Had the same thought earlier.
Rennie Smith
75 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:40:47
We can't exactly turn this one down considering FFP and all that, but I'm actually sad to see him go. I think he'll do well for the Geordies, I know his form has dropped off a cliff, but let's face it, who's hasn't? Young players will always have these dips, unless you're a Rooney-style exception. He never hid when it was all going tits-up, and who wants to be chased down the road by some scallys?

Wish him well, but sadly I know he'll get dogs when he comes back to Goodison next season.

Darren Hind
76 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:45:56
I would test Brightons resolve to the absolute Max. Go for Evan Ferguson.

Roll the dice and trade potential for potential.

That kid doesn't do shrinking violet

Dean Williams
77 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:48:44
Brake a leg son.

Paul Tran
78 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:50:34
That's a good shout, Darren, unless you're using the kids' surname to wind some people up...
Ian Bennett
79 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:55:34
He looks decent, but Brighton don't need to sell.

Could have got ings with knees made of cheese strings, I can see us paying £15m on Antonio and a loan.

£40m clearly will help with Premier league sustainably rules, or does it just cover the above plus Frank's/benitez payoff?

Jeff Armstrong
80 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:56:01
Wow Charles, you’re a massive student of the game!

took you until he was 35 to realise Messi was decent!

Then hope people take your comments seriously?

Neil Tyrrell
81 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:57:13
Can't complain about the price, but it's sad the way Anthony's Everton career has ended. Last season him, Richarlison and Pickford were pretty much all we had to be optimistic about and now 2 of them are gone. Wish I had some faith that we'll spend this money wisely, but I don't.
Darren Hind
82 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:57:37
No PT.

I just think he is the best young forward I've seen for some time. Aggression, skill and more than happy to have a fight.

Dyche would love him, but he needs to act fast. If he keeps playing like this he will be beyond our reach.

Iakovos Iasonidis
83 Posted 27/01/2023 at 17:58:00
Should sell him back in the summer for 15- 20 mil more. Chelsea offered silly money for him. Never rated him as high as some do, he is a very good sub for any top 10 team. I thank him for his passion last year.
Ray Robinson
84 Posted 27/01/2023 at 18:02:01
Good shout Darren re potential - great player. But why would Brighton sell, having just sold Trossard? why would they sell to us? why would he want to leave a higher placed team? and would you get him for less than £40m, if that's what we're getting for Gordon?

Gelhardt who Leeds have just loaned out to Sunderland is also a great prospect. Again, not going to happen.

Kieran Kinsella
85 Posted 27/01/2023 at 18:02:24
That Ferguson is quality. Massive boost for Ireland having him. They haven't had a decent striker in a while.
Christopher Timmins
86 Posted 27/01/2023 at 18:02:36
Sorry to see him go, things have not worked out for him this season but after Pickford and Charlie he was one of the ones who kept us in the Division last year. Hopefully, we will make good use of the fee in the next 4 days.

We need to keep the pressure on the Board, however, it must be done in a dignified way, in addition we don't need anymore altercations between players and supporters on the streets surrounding GP, it's damaging the image of the club, deflecting attention away from the real issues that need addressing and it can't help in the task of convincing young players to come on board.

Rob Dolby
87 Posted 27/01/2023 at 18:03:37
A lad who has been at the club for over 10 years has forced a move at the same time as the club needs all of its players to standup for each other to get us out of this mess.

Onana signed 6 months ago isn't interested in a move as he wants to get us out of this mess according to the press.

Who am I going to warm to?

Kevin 15. Stats can be deceiving. No doubt Gordon has improved, no doubt his head was turned but blaming fans for forcing him out is well off the mark. Him and his agent are chasing the money.

Sports science doesn't seem to cover things like attitude or mentality.

He may be the 2nd quickest in the league but his sparrow like lungs pack in after 65 mins. A time when he switches off and the opposition take advantages.

Does expected goals actually translate into goals? A return of 1 every 10 games isn't great is it.

His agent will take a cool 4m out of the transfer whilst he gets his 100k a week.

I hope that I am proven wrong and that Antony becomes an England regular and has a great career. The evidence so far is a young lad that has potential. His quality and decision making is well short for a top player.

There aren't many local lads that we have let go who have gone on to have great careers. McMahon and Rooney.

Good to get the poison out of the dressing room and provide a clean slate for the manager.

Jeff Armstrong
88 Posted 27/01/2023 at 18:05:21
Well, wonders never cease, Darren and Kieran agreeing on something,

ToffeeWeb that.

He was excellent the other week for Brighton at Goodison.

Tony Abrahams
89 Posted 27/01/2023 at 18:05:58
As much as I despise what certain people have done to Everton Football Club, I would leave the board alone until we either get relegated or hopefully become safe, Christopher.

The calm before the storm, Jeff? I think most people enjoy it, when these two start!

Scott Phelps
90 Posted 27/01/2023 at 18:07:01
Clearly not a boyhood Evertonian, as he makes out, otherwise he would fight with us for the rest of the season to stop us going down.

Just another over-hyped, over-rated and over-paid young footballer. He's wanted out ever since another club became interested. Good riddance.

Derek Knox
91 Posted 27/01/2023 at 18:07:26
Cracking fee for a very average player up to now, however I wish him all the best. Rob Halligan and his dog will miss you !
Rob Jones
92 Posted 27/01/2023 at 18:08:02
Hi Jeff.

Is there really any need to be such a jerk? I hope you have better manners in person.

Darren Hind
93 Posted 27/01/2023 at 18:09:06
Dont know the answer to that Ray.

But if t was up to me, I would deffo be testing Brighton's resolve.

Peter Neilson
94 Posted 27/01/2023 at 18:10:30
I think Gordon will do well in a good team rather than the shambles he’s leaving behind. Largely up to him now whether he goes the way of Stones or Barkley. I think the former. What a shock, more misinformation painting the player in a bad light as though he went AWOL. It appears he missed training as he was in talks with Newcastle presumably with our blessing.

Interesting to see how/if the money is spent but based on the past six years or so no great optimism it’ll be used wisely.

Kevin Molloy
95 Posted 27/01/2023 at 18:12:17
here is the take from across the Park
"Cheers Newcastle you fucking idiots. I know we've rinsed Howe a few times (Gordon being his latest Jordan Ibe) but how do they always do it when they need the dosh? Rodwell, Barkley, Jeffers, 60 million for a pigeon. Dyche will buy a few brutes now before the window shuts to alehouse their way to 35 points or whatever shit total they need by kicking teams off the park at a feral Goodison.

We'll never see the back of these. They're not getting flushed."

James Flynn
96 Posted 27/01/2023 at 18:15:26
"Dyche will buy a few brutes now before the window shuts to alehouse their way to 35 points or whatever shit total they need by kicking teams off the park at a feral Goodison."

What a description!!

Made me laugh.

Danny O’Neill
97 Posted 27/01/2023 at 18:16:01
Just reinvest the money or some of it in the team, because in 2 weeks I'll be watching them again and they are giving me sleepless nights and arguments with the family.
Andy Mack
98 Posted 27/01/2023 at 18:21:25
Good price for a player who didn't want to be here and whose contract was running down. I'd have liked him to stay, but that's not down to us and we're not a moneybags team; profiting from the academy is the way we have to run after our giddy misspending.

I think he'll do well for the Magpies, they enjoy pacy/tricky wide players. Good for them, good for us.

Superb news for our Profit and Sustainability spreadsheet. It makes a change not to completely undersell our players, or worse let them hang around and leave for nothing. The winds of change are upon us... hopefully!

Henrik Lyngsie
99 Posted 27/01/2023 at 18:25:27
Wauw what a treatment a 21-year-old local lad is getting at ToffeeWeb. Last season, he carried the team together with Richarlison and Pickford. This season, the team has been in total chaos and Gordon has been played as a striker in many matches.

For me it is the experienced guys who are supposed to carry the team, not a 21-year-old guy.

£40M plus might be decent money, but they can easily end up in very average £20M buys. I will much rather have Gordon for the relegation fight than the likes of Iwobi, Gray, McNeil and Maupay.

Rob Halligan
100 Posted 27/01/2023 at 18:28:42
If anyone thinks Anthony Gordon is on the move because he got chased down a street in his car, they seriously need to give their head a wobble. He wanted to move after having his head turned last summer when the likes of Chelsea or Spurs were after him.

Does anyone remember these transfer stories, when the players wanting transfers were really threatened, not a car chase in sight, but genuine, credible threats…………



Charles Brewer
101 Posted 27/01/2023 at 18:28:42
Jeff, no, I knew Messi was good, but it was this World Cup that convinced me he really was as good as it gets. Most "GOAT" assessments are to do with goalscoring or a few bits of commanding performance in midfield, what I saw in Qatar was someone who appeared to be able to control and observe the entire field even while being booted by some goon, or when surrounded by the best defenders in the world.

While they say "you can only play what's in front of you", it's not possible to make an objective assessment unless "what's in front of you" is the best in the world - and "best" can take many forms.

Joe McMahon
102 Posted 27/01/2023 at 18:33:50
Henrik, really? I felt Iwobi contributed more last season. We will have to agree to disagree.
Danny Baily
103 Posted 27/01/2023 at 18:35:22
Best of luck to the lad! I suspect we'll see him back in blue at some point.
Nick Page
104 Posted 27/01/2023 at 18:35:30
I’d rather have Gordon than Iwobi too. Not scared of a tackle
Dale Self
105 Posted 27/01/2023 at 18:40:23
Kevin and James, that confirmed my belief that Dyche is the last one that others wanted to get the job at Everton. The Ginger Bastard (best I could come up with) knows all the PL managers still here and can figure out the rest with an arguably better squad than at Burnley. At a minimum we get some pride back at this club with him in charge.
Roger Helm
106 Posted 27/01/2023 at 18:41:28
Yes Danny, when Anthony is 34 and on his last legs, Kenwright will still be chairman at 99 years old and he will sign him for the promotion push to the Championship.
Henrik Lyngsie
107 Posted 27/01/2023 at 18:42:34
Joe, yes we will have to agree to disagree. But let me test you anyway:

If you were the opponents' manager, who would you spend most time to neutralise – Iwobi or Gordon?

Frankly speaking, I don't think Iwobi scares anyone, while Gordon on his day is a handful. I would agree that these days have been few and far between especially this season. But he is only 21.

Ernie Baywood
108 Posted 27/01/2023 at 18:44:01
Time will tell but this looks like good business. Probably for all concerned.

The only issue that I have is that we have limited attacking pace in the side and we're getting rid of one of them.

Tick tock goes the transfer clock.

Pat Byrne
109 Posted 27/01/2023 at 18:45:01
Looks like Spurs want to let Jed Spence out on loan for rest of season. Big fast attacking full back. Surely we should be looking at him, with our ongoing problems in that position.
Jeff Armstrong
110 Posted 27/01/2023 at 18:52:09
Great shout that Pat 109, and Spurs owe us at least one favour, probably 3.

Oh and other posters,

Newcastle didn't want Iwobi.

Derek Knox
111 Posted 27/01/2023 at 18:56:13
Pat @ 109,

You have got me in suspence, having never heard of him, you didn't say whether he was a left-back or right, or, is he versatile and can do either?

Ray Smith
112 Posted 27/01/2023 at 19:03:07
Pat 109,

If we were to take Spence on loan, that would be our quota of 2 loan signings from English clubs. We do have options to bring in loanees from abroad.

So if we are looking for a striker (which we are) on loan it couldn't be from an English club.

I think I'm right, am I?

Kieran Kinsella
113 Posted 27/01/2023 at 19:04:40
Pat Byrne,

It is funny you mention the need for a full back. I heard Stubbs earlier talking about the Gordon sale. He said we need to use it to get some attackers, and wingers, and better midfielders, and a left back. That's quite a list with a few days and little money.

Ray Smith
114 Posted 27/01/2023 at 19:07:29
Sorry, didn’t mention Coady as being one of our current loanees.
Pat Byrne
115 Posted 27/01/2023 at 19:12:31
Spence is a right back. Spurs have 5 right backs at the moment.
Mark Taylor
116 Posted 27/01/2023 at 19:12:53
If one is to believe the stories in the article that he missed work without permission to line up his move, before we've actually agreed a fee, then I don't wish him well, I hope he crashes and burns.

Someone at some point needs to grow a pair and put a stop to agents provoking unilateral action outside the contract. The latter are worthless if not enforced.

That said, £40M is useful money for someone who very possibly won't make it at the highest level. If it's true it £40M upfront, then even more so, that will give us some proper buying power if we can make sure ours are on instalments.

The flaw in the plan is what we did with this kind of money last time around. Let's just hope we have been smart enough to line up the incomings this time (don't laugh).

But if you want a laugh, I've been in Buenos Aires recently and my driver was a huge River Plate fan, who have apparently just signed Salomon Rondon. Hearing I was an Everton fan, he wanted to know what I thought about him, what he could add to their team. Tricky one.

Alex Gray
117 Posted 27/01/2023 at 19:13:36
The rat downed tools at our most crucial point. I hope he gets terrorised personally. £45M and sell on clause we've had Newcastle's pants off for a lad who has no end product but runs around a lot.

If we can reinvest, it's excellent business and Gordon will rot on their bench.

Lee Whitehead
118 Posted 27/01/2023 at 19:14:57
At last - a bit of good news !!!!!
COYB 💙💙💙💙💙
Sam Hoare
119 Posted 27/01/2023 at 19:19:15
No chance Brighton are selling Ferguson. They are on their way up now and don't need to sell players other than for exorbitant fees. I was desperate for us to get Caciedo a few years back for £6m and now they're turning down £60M!!

It's a good fee for Gordon. Hope we spend it well. I'd really like N'Diaye from Sheff United but not sure they'd sell him.

Spence on loan would be good. Personally I'd end Coady's loan immediately, he's been very mediocre, especially with Michael Keane potentially returning to favour with his old boss.

Michail Antonio would seem a decent fit for Dyche ball. Perhaps Gyokeres from Coventry or Beto from Udinese.

Not sure Dyche will fancy Gray so I expect a wide midfielder to come in too.

Kieran Kinsella
120 Posted 27/01/2023 at 19:23:17

Can we end Coady's loan? I know we recalled Simms but I read that Besiktas couldn't end Dele Alli's loan as only the owning club can cancel/recall as opposed to the borrower?

Bill Gall
121 Posted 27/01/2023 at 19:24:19
Well, he is gone and the club knew a few days ago, so I imagine that they had a couple of new players of the type we need already set up: goal scoring winger or forward, and a progressive midfielder not on the decline.

Do not haggle, get them in before the close of the window. I don't believe Gordon wants to leave because of a few brain-dead nutcases; if he is, he will be changing a lot of clubs.

Stephen Colby
122 Posted 27/01/2023 at 19:27:36
He played his heart out for us last season and we were loudly singing his name.

We should have held onto him. He'll be a success at Newcastle and we'll regret having let him go.

Andrew Grey
123 Posted 27/01/2023 at 19:30:17
The car incident was bad and should not have happened. It certainly wouldn't make him want to stick around.

I thought he was a boyhood blue, not a red, so with that in mind, his recent form and behaviour, he can bugger off!

Matt Henderson
124 Posted 27/01/2023 at 19:31:38
Fantastic business and if done in the summer when it should've been and we were able to invest in a couple of the players we missed out on (Kudus) we mightn't be where we are in the table.

Not sure how much of that £40M is for potential but for a player with a weak shot, poor final ball and an inability to head the ball we have done very well.

His work rate was his main positive and that's dropped this year. Not sure why everyone thinks his form has dropped off a cliff, he didn't score or assist many last season either and has done nothing (yet) to justify the price.

What are the chances of us investing wisely?

Jonathan Oppenheimer
125 Posted 27/01/2023 at 19:33:48
Sky reporting that N'diaye turned us down when we offered them £20 million.

This is the other problem to poor recruiting, when decent players don't want to waste years of their career with us.

Kieran Kinsella
126 Posted 27/01/2023 at 19:37:03

I don't know if it is true or not but supposedly Chelsea (this was in the Mail and another paper) offered some kind of exchange deal for Gordon as they've spent all their cash but none of their players were willing to come to Everton.

Jim Lloyd
127 Posted 27/01/2023 at 19:38:09
I'm glad for all concerned. Gordon wanted to go. Newcastle wanted him, and probably won't expect him to be an immediate first teamer, but one for the future.

For us, more importantly, we have funds, which I hope to the gods we use wisely, and we need two players in at least, someone who can score goals, someone who can create chances and score a few, someone like Mahrez for example.

If there's money for another one, then my view is that Gueye is knackered and not the same player as he was 3 years ago. If we can get something like the three places filled, then we might well do alright. Maybe another one or two players might be sold, but this is a start.

Nick White
128 Posted 27/01/2023 at 19:38:31
I'm not gutted about this sale like I was with Rooney (and even Jeffers who looked top class for us at a young age). He did really well for us in the 2nd half of last season, one of our better players, and looked great at the start of this season too.

But the money could get us some more effective players for this season and staying up (I know we will probably waste it)! No hard feelings and wish him well in the future.

Jeff Armstrong
129 Posted 27/01/2023 at 19:39:51

That's not a nice thing to want... just let him go, appreciate the exorbitant fee and let him lie in his bed.

Jonathan Oppenheimer
130 Posted 27/01/2023 at 19:42:46
Kieran, it's certainly plausible. Who would want to come to a team that's gone through 3,456 managers in the last 6 years, is odds-on to get relegated, is bringing in a manager who (rightly or wrongly) has a reputation for playing caveman ball, and can't point to a single really high-quality player to play alongside you.

Add to the inflated prices the winter market already requires and I'm shitting myself thinking how much we'll now pay for some terribly mediocre players.

I would've taken Ziyech and Pulisic in a heartbeat for Gordon. Or two of them and Brojas, Gallagher or Loftus-Cheek.

Neil Cremin
131 Posted 27/01/2023 at 19:48:28
Kevin #15,

Never saw what you see in Gordon. For me, all huff and puff with no end product as demonstrated by his yellow card count. Also too selfish.

Biggest mistake was we didn't do a deal with Chelsea and exchange for Gallagher and Broge.

Tony Hill
132 Posted 27/01/2023 at 19:50:14
Agreed, Jim, @127; we don't have to embarrass ourselves by cursing a young man, even a comparatively rich one. I wish him well and I'm delighted we've got some money in an excellent deal. I think we're going to get some decent additions too.

I'm also delighted that we have in Onana, and will continue to have, someone who is going to be one of the great assets in world football in 2-3 years.

Despite the shitstorm, I'm sensing the faint dawning of some intelligence in our club. Steady on, of course, but I'm convinced that Dyche will do a serious job for us. That's if we can all lift up our heads a bit.

Jim Lloyd
133 Posted 27/01/2023 at 20:03:09
Same here Tony, well at least a chink of light. I think Dyche will do us alright and, hopefully, Thelwell and himself are burning the midnight oil about who else we need to sell, and who's available for us to transfer in, before the window clangs shut.

These few days could save our stay in the Premier League.

Denis Richardson
134 Posted 27/01/2023 at 20:17:10
£40M is still a great price (£60M offered last summer was ludicrous).

Wish him well and please spend on a proper striker!

Dyche in so presume we're going 4-4-2 with crosses into the box so need someone slightly bigger than Maupay.

Mike Hughes
135 Posted 27/01/2023 at 20:24:52
£45M according to the BBC.
Will Mabon
136 Posted 27/01/2023 at 20:37:55
Mike - with "add-ons".
Laurie Hartley
137 Posted 27/01/2023 at 20:52:24
I think Anthony Gordon’s career will pan out similar to John Stones.

I am disappointed but wish him well.

John Daley
138 Posted 27/01/2023 at 21:02:15
“Bye bye, moaning Kopite rat”


Let’s face it, Anthony Gordon came to the forefront during a period when the club and supporters were desperately scrabbling around to find something…anything…they could latch onto as a positive. Nothing better than a local lad with potential to be the next big thing. Unfortunately, a large part of this ‘promise’ was merely projected onto him and the bits and pieces he actually did possess blown out of all proportion.

His biggest attribute last season, in an apathetic outfit, was his appetite for the fight. He got the crowd going with his chasing and direct running, while others looked like they were merely going through the motions. That same enthusiasm never resurfaced when he re-emerged from his summer break with a ropy Cynthia Rothrock barnet from the 80’s and a big money move to an ‘elite club’ rejected out of hand.

All that left was pace (more often than not, pace without purpose), petulance and…once an hour or so had passed…puffing for air more than a minge-faced mutant in a Martian titty bar after Cohaagen turned the oxygen off.

There’s no way he’s currently a £45m player and I can’t ever see him coming close to being one unless his passing, shooting, vision, decision making and stamina all progress by leaps and bounds. Speaking of leaps and bounds, I’ve never before witnessed a professional footballer (not even Per Kroldrup) go to head the ball while visibly flinching like they’ve just woke to find themselves in Noel Edmunds fucking gunge tank.

Christy Ring
139 Posted 27/01/2023 at 21:02:49
It seems Newcastle are paying the £40m upfront. This is one deal where I don't blame the club. His head was swelled and turned since the Chelsea interest, even though they never offered £60m. I'm glad he's gone, a 21 year old to sulk and refuse to train with his club mates has no pride in the jersey, even the lazy push on Ward-Prowse, no effort whatsoever, and the gobshites who abused him, had nothing to do with him leaving. Expected more from him after the faith Lampard put in him, but definitely didn't deserve the £100k pw contract.
Ian Bennett
140 Posted 27/01/2023 at 21:07:31
£40m plus £5m add ons. Sky mentioned a sell on fee, not clear if its part of the £5m add ons or additional.
Kieran Kinsella
141 Posted 27/01/2023 at 21:13:16
"puffing for air more than a minge-faced mutant in a Martian titty bar after Cohaagen turned the oxygen off." classic haha
James Potter
142 Posted 27/01/2023 at 21:19:25
Same age as Saka, martinelli, foden, Smith Rowe etc
... yet nowhere near their level and never will be. Good business in my opinion, as long as we invest it wisely.
David Hamilton
143 Posted 27/01/2023 at 21:22:37
Buy him what he's worth. Sell him for what he thinks he's worth. Looks like the club is actually doing something right.
Tamhas Woods
144 Posted 27/01/2023 at 21:38:20
Best news I've heard all week. Just like Jeffers, Lescott, Rodwell, Gosling, Barkley, Radzinski and so many others, once they've lost the passion for this club, get rid.

Maupay next hopefully. To think we got him when Brennan Johnson might have been our man instead. Shameful.

Peter Mills
145 Posted 27/01/2023 at 21:39:12
It’s a decent deal for both clubs in their different circumstances. But it means that every player we go after in the next few days is going to have a 25% premium.
Kieran Kinsella
146 Posted 27/01/2023 at 21:42:06
Branthwaite is supposedly going to be subject to an offer of a permanent move by PSV before the window shuts. Allegedly, PSV and Roma have been scouting him. This according to the Mail. Doesn't seem to make sense to me since he has hardly played at PSV and he's on loan there anyway so why make it permanent now?
Brent Stephens
147 Posted 27/01/2023 at 22:05:56
John #138 - a fair summary of Gordon! and why getting £40m+ would be a steal.
Robert Tressell
148 Posted 27/01/2023 at 22:18:04
Kieran 146, PSV have bags of dosh right now and really rate Branthwaite. He could spend 2 seasons developing in the Netherlands and Champions League then move to City etc. That will be their thinking
Steve Mink
149 Posted 27/01/2023 at 22:35:47
For once, we seem to have got the fair market price for a player.

I suspect Gordon will look a better player in a side that plays the ball quickly like Newcastle. For time being, suspect he will be cover/sub for Almiron.

Paul Norman
150 Posted 27/01/2023 at 22:40:02
£40-£45m, seems pretty good. But, we know what happens now - Tony travels to Newcastle when he can be bothered tomorrow, the medical inexplicably takes 3 days, we confirm that he’s sold 5 mins before transfer deadline, and don’t reinvest to buy those goal-scoring, attacking players that we need. The ongoing Everton farce.
Phil Lewis
151 Posted 27/01/2023 at 22:57:51
40 million? Thank God for that! He's not worth 4 million. He won't even make Newcastle's bench by the end of the season. Harsh? Perhaps so, but I've seen enough of him to believe it and his stats speak for themselves.

Good luck Anthony, I think you'll need it. I want you to prove me wrong. As a local lad, I truly want you to do well and make me eat my words. I always applaud talent, especially local talent.

Once the lad beds in at Newcastle, we may see the best of him. For his sake, I hope that proves to be the case. Nothing so far has impressed me with him other than his initial never say die breakthrough into Everton's team, which has long since passed.

Every penny must be spent on reinforcements. A striker the immediate priority.

Anthony Dwyer
152 Posted 27/01/2023 at 23:08:24
Not sure we could make the deal but if we get him gone and replaced with Maddison or Zyeich, then this will be great for us.

Makes me laugh though that he actually acted out this way because a few fans called him a dickhead. Modern-day football at its best.

One last thing: and this isn't me being bitter but can all you do-gooders stop wishing this little fucker well. He's nothing but a cunt and he's deserted us when he should be trying to get us out of a hole.

Mike Price
153 Posted 27/01/2023 at 23:21:31
If only someone, anyone, would pay us some money for Iwobi.
Svein-Roger Jensen
154 Posted 27/01/2023 at 23:36:38
Whether it’s his effusive style of play, or lack of experience in top flight football, Gordon is not yet capable of creating chances purely off passing combinations. His overall attacking threat is minimal. He’s only managing 3.64 touches in the opposition box this season.
Paul Kossoff
155 Posted 27/01/2023 at 23:37:35
I thought he was an Evertonian, turns out he's a boyhood shites fan, oh I see, he is a shit house then, bye bye, rat by face, rat by nature.
Nigel Munford
156 Posted 27/01/2023 at 23:44:26
How come when it comes to selling assets we can do the deal in quick time, but if we’re buying we couldn’t get the deal done to save our lives!!!!
Paul Kossoff
157 Posted 27/01/2023 at 23:52:30
Kunal 33👎👎👎
Shane Corcoran
158 Posted 27/01/2023 at 23:54:44
Why would any Blue want to see a local lad do well when they all just jump ship at the first opportunity?

At least with non-scousers there’s no reason to expect loyalty.

Paul Kossoff
159 Posted 27/01/2023 at 23:57:11
A 152, "One last thing, and this isn't me being bitter but can all you do gooders stop wishing this little fucker well. He's nothing but a c**t and he's deserted us when he should be trying to get us out of a hole." At last someone who speaks honestly. He is a twat for leaving us in the shit, and I hope he fails at the United Arabs of Newcastle.😀
Kieran Kinsella
160 Posted 28/01/2023 at 00:09:23
Robert 148

If we sold him to PSV now what kind of fee would we get? On paper he’s way down the line of our CBs. Although Mina will likely be gone in the summer, Coady May or may not. Coady and Tark are both over 30. On the other hand Dyche May rate his old player Keane. Then you have Godfrey and Holgate in the mix. I wonder if Branthwaite could get into the starting 11 next season? If not should we sell him or hold on hoping he becomes a top player? If we get relegated obviously everything is up in the air.

Phil Lewis
161 Posted 27/01/2023 at 00:10:10
A Dwyer 152#

Obviously my sarcasm was wasted on you.

Having said that, most of those on here now calling for his blood and saying how useless he is, are the very same ones, had he stayed, who would be praising him to the hilt and trying to convince people like me (who have always criticised him) that he was the real deal.

I have no ill will for him, I'm just glad to see him gone and we've secured some good cash for a player who is and who I believe always will be bang average at best.

Get real, this is professional football. Its all about the money. They can kiss badges and proclaim their love for a club all day long, but as soon as someone comes in with a better deal they're off. All of them. They're all the same. The only ones who stay are the ones who are tied contractually to a club or those that no one else wants. That's professional football today. It's all about the money. More so today than any time in history. There is no such thing as loyalty anymore.

Ed Prytherch
162 Posted 27/01/2023 at 00:28:33
I wish him good luck at Newcastle and maybe Howe can bring the best out of him but my lasting memory of him in an Everton shirt is committing a brainless foul in Ward Prowse's favourite free kick zone.
Tony Hill
163 Posted 28/01/2023 at 00:29:27
You know, there are times, many times now, when we are truly a toxic fan base: hating anything that moves, deluded utterly and pumped full of vileness in the form of fake "passion". Perhaps that's what consistent disappointment and failure do for you.

Scanning this site and others in the light of Dyche's appointment (if it happens) and Gordon's departure (if it happens), I think we are where we deserve to be. We've become a shrivelled, curdled mass waiting to be discharged.

We're going to loathe ourselves into oblivion if we're not very careful.

Pete Clarke
164 Posted 28/01/2023 at 01:00:40
He’s gone and that’s that. More than likely another agent getting into his head but also the club being in desperate need of money. There’s quite a few others in our squad I’d like to see sold too and most of them have half the talent Gordon has. He’s 21 and still learning his trade ffs ! One less scouser in the squad leaves a bitter taste in my mouth and Dyche will not get the chance to work with him. It all seems so wrong but so typical Everton.
What we have to remember is that we are a club in absolute chaos and the people responsible for that chaos are still doing these deals. Do we now put the banners away for a while ?
We have a new manager whom most will agree as being unwanted but accepted due to desperation. I actually love Dyches attitude of being very blunt and down to earth. He may also be the last of the old breed who sees Everton as big club and is actually very happy to be with us and in that respect we deserve each other.
Anthony Dwyer
165 Posted 28/01/2023 at 01:15:16
Phil @161,

My comment wasn't about you in particular, I hadn't read 150-odd comments word for word.

It's not like I want the lad hung drawn and quartered, just think he's a dog, but what footballer isn't? 🤷‍♂️

Jay Harris
166 Posted 28/01/2023 at 01:39:50
He hasn't been the same since that ridiculous hair change.

Maybe the bleach got into his brain.

Anyway, I am happy with the deal – at least it gives us a transfer kitty which we can only hope is used wisely and no Maupay or McNeil types – just players who work hard and can score goals.

This should be the lift we need.


Gavin Johnson
167 Posted 28/01/2023 at 03:03:17
£45M for a player who ran around a bit last season is great business.

I was more bothered when Jeffers went to Arsenal and Rodwell to Man City and, based on how those moves went, I don't expect big things from Gordon at the Barcodes.

The lad believed his own hype and the Claire Balding wig changed him, sad really.

Justin Doone
168 Posted 28/01/2023 at 05:08:43
A £60M valuation was probably a little high for a player who it seems wanted a much bigger contract than we can realistically afford.

I'm all for players earning huge sums when the team are successful but not just because Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea over-inflate wage expectations.

But to drop it so quickly to £40M isn't a reflection on his value and potential, it's because of the wasted funds spent in the past. That really annoys me.

I don't understand the slagging Gordon is receiving. His stats may not be great, but it's only fair to compare him to our other young, developing players over the last few crappy seasons. Oh that's right, there's been no-one else break through.

So comparing him against his senior peers, he's been one of our most important players.

But let's forget that and trust the pirates who run the club to spend the money wisely. Ha ha, we know that's not going to happen. So I pray a few other youngsters can break through soon and become regulars.

Then repeat. New manager, new style, new player profile, sell the youth products, rinse and repeat…

Ernie Baywood
169 Posted 28/01/2023 at 06:23:49
To be fair, Justin, selling players at a premium is the business model most clubs follow. Even the richest.

We've typically done the opposite. Buy at a premium and hold them until they have no value anymore.

I've got no grudge towards Gordon. I've enjoyed his performances at times but I don't think we've ever really seen that he has real quality. £40M seems like great business for us and he can go and see if he can be a star player. He's 21 – he can prove us all wrong.

Frank Fearns
170 Posted 28/01/2023 at 06:50:38
He's gone. No point in debating anymore. Why not take the post down and discuss what we've got and move on?
Ajay Gopal
171 Posted 28/01/2023 at 06:55:14
A lot of people seem to have selective memory or narrative with regard the Benitez era and the constraints he was forced to work under. He had to get rid of the highly-paid players. If £250k per week for James is true, there is no way a club like Everton could afford that, and perhaps Benitez saved the club from financial ruin?

Remember he also got rid of Lucas Digne for a huge wad of money, the same player whom Unai Emery has sussed out and got a much cheaper replacement now? Ironical that the Kopites (Benitez and Gerrard) might have been the guys who just kept Everton afloat!

Steve Brown
172 Posted 28/01/2023 at 07:10:35
Ajay, Benitez did remove the goals and assists provided by James and Digne from the team.

We were nearly relegated and only saved ourselves on the penultimate game of the season. Benitez had long been sacked and we were just about able to save ourselves from his disastrous stint in charge.

Cost management and football management genius.

Mal van Schaick
173 Posted 28/01/2023 at 07:22:46
If the rest of them get shouted at in the street, perhaps they will all do one. We want players who want to give all to our club and not roll over when a few things go against them.

The problem being, it’s Everton! They will sell him, take the money and squander it on more rubbish. That’s where all our problems have stemmed from. Buying crap.

Danny Baily
174 Posted 28/01/2023 at 07:30:25
Mal 173, we have a proper manager now. Dyche won't let us bring in another Maupay.

Cheer up. Worst (and most likely) case scenario you'll be watching a team fight at the right end of a table next season. A promotion push will be more enjoyable than desperately trying to avoid the drop.

Dave Evans
175 Posted 28/01/2023 at 08:38:42
Tony Hill @163,

You know what. We are also the most loyal of fan bases. When we are playing, we get off our arses, put our match day gear on, put our wallets in our pockets, travel and turn up.

All a player has to do is run and put a committed tackle in or two and we are off our seats and right behind them.

Martin Mason
176 Posted 28/01/2023 at 08:49:25
For me, this is the saddest type of departure of all. Local lad, Academy product and great potential.

You know what is saddest though? He wants to get out as quickly as possible.

We're at the bottom of where we can actually get at the moment… but where is our limit – if there is one?

Danny O’Neill
177 Posted 28/01/2023 at 08:50:20
I guess we all see the game differently.

I didn't see a player who "ran around a bit".

I saw one of the few players who excited the ground in a dark period and tried to lead the team on his young shoulders. Even in the despairs of the latter Benitez era, he was often the first over to the travelling blue army to face the music when more senior players were cautious.

We are an unforgiving bunch, us Evertonians, but the fact we regularly chanted his name in stadiums around the country and outside Goodison literally speaks volumes.

Okay, he's been off-form this season and maybe his head has been turned. But he's a 21-year-old who can be developed and get better.

Maybe the club has cashed in when the time is right.

But let's not crucify Anthony Gordon, From what I've seen, he will probably develop into a very good player. Sadly, not for Everton, it seems.

I just hope that money is used to invest in improving the squad. Like the Arteta money was.

Tony Hill
178 Posted 28/01/2023 at 08:54:15
Dave @175,

I agree and I'm one of them. But it's changing, has changed actually, and we need to stop it before it's too late.

Darren Hind
179 Posted 28/01/2023 at 08:55:10
Just had a look at the much talked about footage.

I could only hear two voices shouting, but anyone suggesting Gordon was running away from only two people is either numerically challenged or needs to book an appointment at Specsavers.

I grew up in an area where there was several genuine hard men in every alehouse. But there is no way on earth I would have gotten out of that car. We live in times where there is a gun or knife carrier in every crowd and people are killed or maimed for far less crimes than giving a free kick away. That lad isn't laughing. He is shitting himself. He's got a barrier at one end of the street and an angry mob at the other.

Anyway. It would be wrong of me to suggest this night was the reason the kid has left. Especially when I have been saying on these pages for weeks that I think the kid should run a mile from this club due to the abuse he was already getting. ....But where are we going here ?

What passes as acceptable. At what stage do we recognize the hatred directed at the "overpaid gobshites" who are in, or barely out of their teens ? This is not the end of this behavior, its only the most recent step in an what is escalation of abuse. To condone it and shrug it off as "just a couple of scallies" means it will go unabated and will escalate further.

Those who deny we have a "special" way of treating our academy boys must walk around blindfolded and with their fingers in their ears.

This shite doesnt even stop when they are gone. Look at the comments on this thread.. Look what happened to Rooney !!! Ross Barkley is still getting it five years after he left. People are still delighting in the fact that Franny Jeffers wasnt good enough to make it at a club which had world class alternatives. He still gets reminded of it today twenty years later.

I don't care about what happens at other clubs. I don't care about Rooney. or Barkley. I no longer care about Gordon. None of them have anything to do with us now. But if I'm Issac Price's arl fella. I'm on the phone today to his agent demanding he gets my boy the fuck out of here.

In the shape of Bill Kenwright. This club has the mother of albatrosses around its neck. Internally the club is a cesspit. We have highly paid senior players stinking the place out week in, week out. We have equally highly paid players who cant even get on the bench. We are odds on to lose our premiership status according to the bookies... But hey. Lets not get side tracked. Lets make sure those kids get the kicking they deserve.

"He's fucken shite lad...We should sell him for forty million"

Allen Rodgers
180 Posted 28/01/2023 at 08:55:28
Totally agree, Danny. I think Anthony Gordon will develop at Newcastle and no doubt come back to haunt us.
Dupont Koo
181 Posted 28/01/2023 at 09:09:26
Not a "Godfather Offer" that is too good to refuse, but not too shabby.

Insisting on a single payment on the guaranteed portion of £40 Million is a job well done by Kevin Thelwell.

Disappointed, however, to know that the add-ons are only £5 Million, which fails to get the total value of the deal closer to the golden benchmark of Brighton's £55 Million fleecing of Chelsea with Marc Cucurella.

Nonetheless, getting a single payment large enough for significant reinforcements and having one less saboteur in the locker room who has no appetite to fight at the trenches prevented this deal from getting a score lower than B-.

Mark Rankin
182 Posted 28/01/2023 at 09:10:25
No one can have any complaints against Gordon, as he cost us next to nothing, had a go, and then made the club megabucks when he left.
Tony Abrahams
183 Posted 28/01/2023 at 09:11:16
Benitez got great money for Digne, saved Everton a fortune in wages by getting rid of a 33% luxury player, the club just couldn't afford, and made Anthony Gordon realize that football is first and foremost all about hard nowadays.

Hopefully this money helps us recruit better players (Ryan Frazer, does seem very uninspiring? I might be wrong) but, if we stay safe, I will be raising a glass to both Anthony Gordon, and even Rafa Benitez, at the end of this horrible traumatic season.

Mick O'Malley
184 Posted 28/01/2023 at 09:23:53
I've got no selective memory regarding Benitez. I saw with my own eyes how he let our two top assist-makers go and tuned us into a drab, defensive team on a one way road to the Championship.

He was a shocking choice of manager who has sent us on a tailspin towards the Bottom 3 and now regular relegation fights.

Regarding Anthony Gordon, it's a shame he's left. I can't say I'm to bothered about it, I was more gutted when Barkley left, to be honest; let's hope we spend the transfer fee sensibly.

Danny O’Neill
185 Posted 28/01/2023 at 09:24:49
We're going into the trenches again, Tony. A long fight ahead but we need to be up for it and we can do it. A couple of wins and we're right up that table.

Darren, I'm no hard man, but like you, I knew and know a few. I have to face aggression from supporters of London clubs on a regular basis that I turn into intrigue and often friendship through conversation.

A Millwall fan once threatened to "smash me up" when I celebrated an Everton goal when we played them in the cup. I ended up buying him a drink.

I get your point though. I'm 51, young Anthony is 21 and probably was shitting himself in the inappropriate circumstances.

Winston Williamson
186 Posted 28/01/2023 at 09:29:02
Not too keen on losing one of our limited goal threats during a relegation battle. However, if he's got his mind set on leaving there's not much to be done.

I don't think he's leaving solely due to being harassed, but it probably did push him over the edge. The extra money will definitely have been a factor too, plus Newcastle Utd look an exciting prospect for a young footballer.

If only we had an actual plan when Moshiri took over. Instead, we had Kenwright acting like a virgin with a fat wallet, on his first trip to a brothel.

Darren Hind
187 Posted 28/01/2023 at 09:35:56
You've also done a few of stints in some of the most dangerous countries in the world, Danny. That might also stand you in good stead.

BTW; You will no doubt have noticed you were dragged into the latest bit of fantasy. Apparently, I said you were part of a lonely hearts club.

Give my regards to the Mrs, the boys, the many friends you meet watching the boys in London pubs. The Evertonian mates you have made. The work colleagues. The family in Liverpool and the lifelong brothers who served with you.

Oh and I think you have a couple of dogs? Give them a pat for me too.

Christopher Timmins
188 Posted 28/01/2023 at 09:44:56
Tony, I will be raising a glass myself to the said individuals once safety is achieved. It suits all parties that Anthony Gordon moves on.
Barry Cowling
189 Posted 28/01/2023 at 09:57:06
A good bit of business for both clubs, in my opinion. He certainly doesn't deserve the slagging off he is getting and I am sure the fan incident would have made his mind up.

He is only 21 and shown plenty of potential, I am hoping it was all signed off by Dyche, or quite likely we needed the money and hopefully will get a couple new additions now.

So a decent-ish price but we have lost a quick talented player who can score and create, but boy does he need to do some work on free-kicks and corners because, without Townsend, we are rubbish at both. So I wish him well but do hope we can spend the money wisely.

Gio Mero
190 Posted 28/01/2023 at 10:01:21
Good money, this deal won't dent our chances of survival a bit.
It's okay for Newcastle to take a gamble on this kid with the sort of money they have.

For us, it's all about using that money wisely. Can we get someone (good) in this transfer window? Not so confident…

Mike Powell
191 Posted 28/01/2023 at 10:15:05
£45M for a player who can't cross a ball, who is always on the deck, very really beats a man, who can't head the ball.

Great bit of business; good riddance. I just hope we can use the money to bring in a couple of players,

Rob Dolby
192 Posted 28/01/2023 at 10:18:45
Tony 184. I go to the game to watch decent football. I have only seen a handful of good seasons in over 40 years as a season ticket holder. The money doesn't concern me as it's totally out of my control. I pay to watch my team.

Benitez getting rid of a so called 33% luxury player and Digne Is like someone taking away chocolate and giving you bread and water.

We are still seeing the impact of Benitez time at the club. No quality supply from any part of the pitch but we got rid of 2 quality players and replaced them with empty footballers without an ounce of quality.

I don't see how the worst appointment in our history can be defended. Even now I can't believe he was appointed.

He might have got Gordon running harder. It would have been better if he had improved his decision making or crossing.

James Marshall
193 Posted 28/01/2023 at 10:26:47
After the car incident I reckon the writing was on the wall. It's as much a 'fuck you' from Gordon as it is good business by the club.

That said, we need attacking options so if there's nobody lined up to replace him, then we truly are fucked and this is a fire-sale

Dave Abrahams
194 Posted 28/01/2023 at 10:37:03
Rob (193),What did you make of Lampard as Everton’s manager?
Trevor Peers
195 Posted 28/01/2023 at 10:47:33
Never thought of Gordon as a goal scoring or goal creating option, he just has pace. If Newcastle can put him in space in the six yard box he may score goals for them, but so could my granny.

He must be one of the most over hyped players in our history. Great we got that huge fee for him though, as long as we spend it wisely, it might just save us from relegation. For that I thank him, good job Anthony lad !

Brian Harrison
196 Posted 28/01/2023 at 10:50:02
I wish Anthony Gordon good luck and hope it works out for him, still a young player. I don't know why but Lampard although being a fan of Gordon chose to not select him in a starting role since the World cup finished. We have let go a few youngsters over the years but only Rooney went on to have a great career. I can only assume that Eddie Howe rates Anthony very highly as the stats so far don't suggest he is anywhere near a player worth £45m.

Whoever negotiated this deal from Everton deserves a pat on the back as most pundits were suggesting £25m plus a £5m add on.

Danny O’Neill
197 Posted 28/01/2023 at 11:34:31
Darren, I'll give you a pat and man hug when we hopefully get to meet. And I'll buy the drinks.

The family, friends, lifelong Evertonians and Kopites alike that I have known for life as well as those I have met through here and elsewhere throughout life deserve more than that for listening to me over the years.

But I'll keep going. I know no different.

Especially the wife who has put up with me, often in dismay and a look of disapproval. And she's from the Midlands, so Everton didn't come naturally to her. She inherited it.

She's a knowledgable football supporter but has had to endure me. When I was playing when I wasn't away for long periods, so going away to play football and even more time away. Then spending most of my weekends coaching and / or following Everton as often as I can.

I don't deserve it. They don't. But I can't help myself.

As you mentioned it Darren, true story; we once had access to Sky somewhere in Helmand Province to watch the the Derby in 2010 (I think). We lost and I got told by my boss that he saw a side of me he had never seen!! He wrote to my wife to sympathise with her.

Back to Anthony Gordon, it's a shame it's ended with a stain on his Everton career. He seems a balanced lad and Evertonian. Let's not underestimate how much the club has probably been involved in this. I have no ill feeling towards him and wish him a good career.

Ray Smith
198 Posted 28/01/2023 at 11:37:53
I’m guessing, but until Gordon signs, we have no money to spend on quality players.
I think it will have a domino effect, and we will hopefully see a couple of players coming in.
I’m not over bothered that Dyche hasn’t been formally announced as our next manager, but we appear to still be in dithering mode. As long as he is actively sorting out players coming and going, no real problem for me!
I can’t see it, but if BK has any involvement between now and an official announcement, Dyche could walk away! god forbid.
Dan Nulty
199 Posted 28/01/2023 at 11:41:54
I don't understand any hatred towards Gordon. He always tries his best, he got on a decent run last season but the reality is this season it hasn't happened for him. Why a small nunbe rof people want to call him all the names under the sun I will never understand.

I really don't see the potential that others see in him but if he proves me wrong then great. If as reported it is 40m cash payment up front then it is good business for us. I just don't trust us to spend it wisely.

Rob Dolby
200 Posted 28/01/2023 at 12:00:12
Dave 194.
I wanted Lampard over Perrera due to knowing about him beforehand. Young high profile ex player turned manager with a point to prove after getting the chop at Chelsea.

In hindsight he was an awful manager that tried to impose formations and tactics on players not capable or suited to them, he had to be sacked.

I didn't need hindsight with the appointment of Benitez. Here for a pension top up. He probably made more money in his time at Everton than the 33% luxury player.

Michael Lynch
201 Posted 28/01/2023 at 12:11:45
I think Newcastle are taking a fair sized punt on Gordon, but then they can afford to.

He's main attributes for us have been his tenacity, his pace over the first five metres, and his shithousery, which was second only to Richarlison last season. He did well last year, in a terrible side, but this season he's shown very little except the shithousery - which led to our defeat to Southampton, if we're being honest.

The fact that Lampard - who clearly had a high opinion of Gordon - hasn't picked him recently shows that either he's just not been good enough, or that he's been angling for a move all season.

Whichever of those it is doesn't really matter, because he's going now and I'd say £40m represents good business for us. I think he'll do well in that Newcastle team, he'll fit in well, but I'm not convinced he'll be an England regular - which is what I'd expect for the price.

I don't exactly wish him luck, and I hope we kick him all over the park when he plays against us, but I am sad that it didn't work out for him here. In the summer I was adament we should keep him, but now I'm not unhappy to see him leave.

It's not like he's at Richarlison's level, but he is a local lad, and it's always nice to have one of them in the side. But £40m for a want-away who's massively underperformed this season is a pretty good deal for us right now.

Gerry Quinn
202 Posted 28/01/2023 at 12:19:23
Dave Abrahams
203 Posted 28/01/2023 at 12:21:35
Rob (200), thanks for your reply Rob, I must admit you knew more than me about Periera when he was in the running for the Everton job, had my doubts over Frank but just hoped for the best but realised early on he wasn’t the best man for the job.

With Benitez, of course he shouldn’t have been picked but he was, with the job of sorting the whole club out from top to bottom and when it came to the push he wasn’t backed by those who appointed him, Usmanov and his messenger Mr. Moshiri, and was chased away, being honest his record didn’t do him a lot of good either but neither did a lot of the players he inherited.

I doubt the fans would have got behind Rafa the way they did at the end of last season, we did it for Everton not for Frank but Rafa could have been a sticking and dividing point but we stayed up which counted more than anything.

On to this dismal season, the club dithered at the start, dithered at the before the World Cup and are still dithering four days before the end of the transfer window leaving a new manager starting the way the last two have, loads of problems and doubts which way the club will be carrying on,with the solutions anyones guess, my own thoughts, for what they are worth, if Lampard had stayed we would have been relegated, with Dyche we will do better, enough to stay up?

Tony Abrahams
204 Posted 28/01/2023 at 12:52:50
Rob@192, I understand your sentiments mate, especially because I love watching quality footballers, but without going into detail, or coming up with counter arguments, about some of the goals Townsend scored before his injury, (of course Rodriguez has got massively more talent) I just think that the mismanagement of Everton, was/has been “even more of a problem”, than the most divisive appointment in our entire history.

Money doesn’t interest you is fair enough, but if Everton get relegated I’m led to believe that the constant mismanagement, has also led to us spending 96% of our turnover directly on wages, meaning the club, could be finished for years?

Benitez got £1.5 million to spend, after being told he would be given money, and was ridiculed for bringing in Rondon on a free transfer.

Bringing in Benitez was a total stitch up, (I often think this might have been done by Usmanov to bring Bill Kenwright to his knees?) but the only people who got stitched up were us Evertonians, especially considering Bill, never moved an inch, and probably ended up with more power once Brands was shown the door, because the appointment of Benitez was always going to end in tears.

If Benitez would have sold Anthony Gordon for £8 million on the day he arrived at Everton, most people would have said it was good business (maybe not?) so for us to get £40 million, 18 months later, with the club in a horrible precarious league position, whilst also appearing to be skint, then I think this might have just given us an incredible lifeline? I’m hoping that’s the case anyway🤞

Ian Bennett
205 Posted 28/01/2023 at 13:08:51
Think £40m plus £5m in add ons is fair value for a player that missed training, wanted stupid money on a new contract, and put in a transfer request.

With his performances being average and being poorly advised, I think we are well shot of that type of thing.

Wish we'd cashed in on Dcl and Gordon in the summer. Vital cash could have targeted hungry players wanting to succeed.

Christopher Timmins
206 Posted 28/01/2023 at 13:14:24
I am pretty certain that Gordon has to be sold in order to generate the cash needed to bring in new additions, I very much doubt if Moshiri, will go again in the transfer market FFP or no FFP. He has been burnt plain and simple and until we reach BMD we will have to finance additions via disposals.

Both Bielsa and Dyche have shown that they can operate without needing excessive funds. If Bielsa thought that the current squad contained the players to implement his style of play he would have got the gig, he was Moshiri's choice after all.

I wonder what the DOF is thinking this morning, when it came to crunch I doubt if he was a major player in making the appointment.

It suits the PR team at GP to have Gordon demonized – just as it does to have the fanbase demonized.

The events surrounding the Southampton game should never be forgotten, relegation battle or no relegation battle, change at the top must happen.

Paul Kossoff
207 Posted 28/01/2023 at 15:30:31
Sean Dyche demands Newcastle man joins Everton after late request in Anthony Gordon transfer.
Looks like most of the so called £40 million will be taken up by sly arse Uncle Bill saying Dyche insists we get Frazer in. Expect Newcastle to say a player who has been told he can leave will be worth at least £10. mIllion. Suckers again we are.
Michael Barrett
208 Posted 28/01/2023 at 15:44:48
Good riddance he was crap.
Paul Kossoff
210 Posted 28/01/2023 at 15:57:34
Danny 174, He is bringing in Ryan Frazer!
Dale Self
211 Posted 28/01/2023 at 15:57:52
Sheik em down Kev! Make em flash the cash. Later kid
Danny O’Neill
212 Posted 28/01/2023 at 16:02:27
Anthony is unfortunately no longer going to be an Everton player.

I'm more focused on what we do with the players we have. He can't impact that now.

Michael Lynch
213 Posted 28/01/2023 at 16:04:12
Talking of young players, Martin Sherif scored a late hat-trick today for the U18s. He's only 16 but he can't stop scoring at the moment.

Anyone seen him play? He looks strong, with a great eye for goal in the clips I've seen. Has he been training with the first team squad yet?

Will Mabon
215 Posted 28/01/2023 at 16:06:17
Paul... Fraser; it's not true... is it? Tell me it's not true.
Paul Kossoff
217 Posted 28/01/2023 at 16:58:32
Will, Tis true, I do not jest.
Peter Carpenter
218 Posted 28/01/2023 at 17:05:28
Fraser and Godfrey. Oh dear.
Danny Baily
219 Posted 28/01/2023 at 17:13:18
Newcastle fans don't seem too happy with Gordon signing. I think we've done well out of this.
Ray Roche
220 Posted 28/01/2023 at 17:14:06
The little shit Fraser is the creep who refused to play for Bournemouth after running his contract down and jumped ship for Newcastle who got him for free. He’s 28. I hope that this isn’t true and indicates the sort of player Dyche will bring in. And for £10m? Please no.
Alan McGuffog
221 Posted 28/01/2023 at 17:16:29
Peter my sister Dolly could be ToffeeLady. We're doomed
Michael McFarlane
222 Posted 28/01/2023 at 17:16:34
We're in a relegation fight

It's only good business if we bring in better players than Gordon

If we don't, it's bad business

Let's not forget that Gordon put in a shift last year in helping us avoid relegation. The lad deserves credit for breaking into the team proper last year and making a difference

There's no profit in this for the fans so let's not be swayed by finances right now. It won't help us having money in Kenwright's pocket while we're in the Championship

Kieran Kinsella
223 Posted 28/01/2023 at 17:22:29

Fraser also got into a spat with Bruce

Danny Baily
224 Posted 28/01/2023 at 17:27:53
Michael 222, we haven't been in a relegation battle for a fortnight now. This is all about securing the financial future of the club.
Steve Brown
225 Posted 28/01/2023 at 17:30:52
Ryan Fraser instead of Saint-Maximin.

Our talent-spotting capability reaches new heights.

And Danny Baily, change the record.

Nigel Munford
226 Posted 28/01/2023 at 17:32:48
Comment from a colleague and Barcodes season ticket holder:

“We have more money than sense!”

Steve Brown
227 Posted 28/01/2023 at 17:40:24
Keane replaced Stones.

Nobody replaced Lukaku.

Grey replaced Sigurdsson.

Mykolenko replaced Digne.

Townsend replaced James Rodriguez.

McNeil finally replaced Kevin Kilbane.

Maupay replaced Richarlison.

Ryan Fraser replaces Gordon?

And we wonder why we have been in the relegation zone for two seasons.

Our recruitment team operates on the reverse midas principles. Everything it touches turns to shit.

Dave Abrahams
228 Posted 28/01/2023 at 17:40:49
We might not need a new striker, Deli Ali was man of the match last night, scoring in a 3-0 win and getting a standing ovation as he was subbed in the last minute, get him back here on Tuesday, There’s only one Deli Ali. Who said “ Thank fuck for that”
Peter Carpenter
229 Posted 28/01/2023 at 17:43:48
At least we're getting rid of Pike.
Conor McCourt
230 Posted 28/01/2023 at 17:52:13
I don't get the level of delight for the sale of Anthony Gordon.

Firstly, Anthony has scored three goals in a team which doesn't create chances and our goals usually come in the way of a piece of magic by Gray or Gordon. There is no concerted team goals. Moreover Anthony has only started twelve games so it's actually quite a decent return considering he is in a struggling team and seems really unsettled.

Secondly, Newcastle's record in the transfermarket since their new ownership took over is fantastic. They don't make mistakes. I doubt Anthony will be their first.

Kieran Kinsella
231 Posted 28/01/2023 at 17:58:01
Steve 227

"McNeil finally replaced Kevin Kilbane."

Even by our standards that was a slow process.

Michael Barrett
233 Posted 28/01/2023 at 18:01:01
Steve 227...the best post on here in ages you nailed it fella.

Tony Hill
237 Posted 28/01/2023 at 18:16:14
I tell you what, Dave @228, many a true word spoken in jest. If we could get him firing again, my word what a coup that would be. I still reflect with gratitude on his second-half performance against Palace last season, it was effortless and masterly.
Dave Abrahams
239 Posted 28/01/2023 at 18:23:38
Tony (237),Stop it Tony,don’t even think about it, I believe in miracles Tony but that’s one step too far——————————-isn’t it?

Shows you how bleedin’ desperate we are!!

Stuart Sharp
242 Posted 28/01/2023 at 18:42:29
I am sorry Gordon has gone, and don't understand the bile on here, but I don't wish him well. Why would anyone want our youngsters succeeding elsewhere?

I agree that Ferguson looks the business, but would be amazed if Brighton let him go.

Spence is an excellent player - really wasted on Spurs' bench - but RB is not one of our priorities.

Barry Hesketh
243 Posted 28/01/2023 at 18:49:26
Signed, sealed and done. Everton are now set announce Sean Dyche and his backroom staff 🔵[Bobble] a few minutes ago
David West
244 Posted 28/01/2023 at 19:01:09
Shows how messed up football is now !
45m for a guy who's scored 7 goals over 3 years?
Gray has been our most effective forward, only one forcing and trying to take the responsibility. Yes he frustrastes at times but doesn't hide..
Gordon is a shit bag ! How could a blue jump ship at this moment? He would of got his move in the summer of we stayed up or went down. Wouldn't a real blue have wanted to fight for it ?

Yes the mounterain mob may have give the little shit a scare but so what !!! Has any player ever been assaulted by a fan from our club? It s his excuse for being a greedy shithouse !!
Good riddance to spineless, overated bellend !!

Christy Ring
245 Posted 28/01/2023 at 19:41:48
I hope we don't sell Branthwaite, he's only 20, 6ft-5in, and left-sided centre-back, which we lack. He was unlucky to be sent off last season.

The experience of playing in Europe will bring him on, and he played today for PSV. Brands will try to sign him, and knowing us, we'll let him go for a pittance.

David West
246 Posted 28/01/2023 at 20:14:23
I'd rather go down with Branthwaite, Simms, Mills etc getting game time than some of these. Dyche is gonna see right through the ones who are not up for this fight!

Love to see Mina on "Gaffa Day" where Dyche just has them running all day, no footballs!

Just hope Dyche had his eye on the Championship while he's been out of work and can pull a couple of rabbits out of the hat!

At least we know with Dyche we will go down fighting if that's our fate. Rather than surrendering weakly. Let's kick some ass!!!!

Tony Abrahams
247 Posted 28/01/2023 at 20:24:51
I'd be more disappointed if we sold Branthwaite than I am with the sale of Gordon.

If Gordon is going to excel and succeed, then I think he might be better suited to playing inside. People say he has been sulking since he never got his move in the summer, but I think he was looking better playing as a false Number 9, and I think he might prefer playing inside.

Tony Everan
248 Posted 28/01/2023 at 20:31:33
Me too, Dyche will know all about Branthwaite and hopefully tell them that he's going nowhere. I'd be very surprised if Thelwell was supportive of selling him as well.
Ian Riley
249 Posted 28/01/2023 at 21:54:05
£40 million is great business!

Anyone else?

Stay and work hard or go!!

Andrew James
250 Posted 28/01/2023 at 23:28:54
Headless chicken and Rooney along with Barkley were far superior players when younger than him.

I liked his attitude in getting fit during lockdown so that Ancelotti selected him but subsequently he has been all energy and no output. When does he shoot? When does he play a killer pass?

I really don't like doing down our academy players but Gordon shows less than Rodwell, Rooney, Davies, Barkley etc and somehow has become a star.

While Rooney (obviously) went onto great things, the others who left didn't. I don't see Gordon defying that trend.

Alan J Thompson
251 Posted 29/01/2023 at 06:09:44
Some are saying that we should not think of ourselves as relegation fodder but the vultures are not just circling, they are picking off the best bits – Richarlison, Gordon and there is rumoured interest in Onana and Pickford.

If there is a bright side then it is that the accounts and P&S requirements look better but why would you expect the playing side to improve when you are run by an accountant and a qualified failure whose credits include selling to said accountant?

Christine Foster
252 Posted 29/01/2023 at 10:24:09
Tony 247# I think you're right, whilst his greatest asset is speed, he goes missing often on the wing, which you cannot do. He is not a striker, not prolific and not a great finisher, but inside he would leave people flat footed over 10 yards, and can lay off well.Depending on which way the wind is blowing he can chase and harry but that's been inconsistent this year.
I remember when the Chelsea deal was being muted, he came over to the fans and for all the world it was a goodbye. Since that moment I don't think his heart has been in it.
He has been in poor form, lost his mentor in Lampard, was blamed for giving an unnecessary free kick that gave away a poor goal and then abused on the way home. Anyone of the three could has tipped his thinking but all three left him disappointed by the club for not selling him, and probably his contract, dismayed with Lampard going and of course the fan(s) having a go just drew the line under it. In the end he fell out of love with the club. I am sure he just wants away but sadly he leaves us at the bottom of the EPL, no manager, no players coming in, and disgracefully photographed in a Newcastle shirt with no formal confirmation from either club.
I doubt, even though many like him, that he will be warmly applauded when he returns in a barcode shirt.
Poor taste by the lad.. would it have hurt that much giving his all for his beloved club for a couple of more months? Was there a pressing need? Or was it just a pressing greed? He leaves with bad taste.
David West
253 Posted 29/01/2023 at 11:52:52
Perfectly put Christine.

It's just another judgement lampard got wrong imo. Yes decent young player but not irreplaceable. If we would of sold in the summer at 60m that would have went a long way to solving p&s issues, freeing up money for the striker we need. Hindsight is a wonderful thing but many fans thought it a deal too good to turn down at the time it could have been the deal to get lampard more time, instead he keep him, bearly had impact and left under a cloud for 20m less.
Will he get to the level expected? Who knows. I don't think he will get the opportunities up there especially if they get CL and spend a load more.

Dave Abrahams
254 Posted 29/01/2023 at 12:06:31
I don’t think anyone knew how much Chelsea offered for him last summer,I’d be amazed if it was £60M, he’s gone now for, supposedly, £40M and I think if he had to go then better now than later because we could have got a lot less for him next summer depending on our circumstances.

He had potential which isn’t often realised and I honestly can’t say I’m upset by him moving on but the £40M could come in very handy depending on how it is spent.

Ian Edwards
255 Posted 29/01/2023 at 12:15:25
I don't believe Chelsea bid for him. We just hawked him around as for sale to try to generate transfer funds. We couldn't afford to turn down any bid with our finances.
Brian Williams
256 Posted 29/01/2023 at 12:18:31
There are lots of suggestions on TW that Gordon wanted to leave because of:

A) Abuse received for the free kick he gave away.

B) Abuse he received when in his car/truck/whatever.

C) Abuse online.

I can't remember seeing anyone suggesting that he wanted to leave to join a progressive, well run, club that has a chance of qualifying for Europe in the short term and winning trophies in the mid to long term. People seem to think that because he's a Scouser he'd naturally want to stay at the shitshow that is Everton.

Perhaps he put his career ambitions, and a chance to multiply his salary many times, above the fact that he was born in Liverpool.

Kevin Molloy
257 Posted 29/01/2023 at 12:18:44
his head has been turned, no question. I reckon though with hindsight we will see the cold hand of the club behind this farce in future years. Cos has anyone ever known in this day and age for a premier league's best prospect to still be on a virtual schoolboy contract two years after he broke into the team? if that doesn't send a message to the player nothing will.
Matt Traynor
258 Posted 29/01/2023 at 12:23:15
Kevin #257 I think you're spot on. Rooney's recent interview laid that out clear. I still remember the Teary one proclaiming he wouldn't sell Rooney, not even for £50m. Well, at least he was right.
David West
259 Posted 29/01/2023 at 12:47:45
Brian 256 I don't think anyone would have begrudged his this move if it was handled better. Most agree its a good deal for the club.
Many players who have given good service to the club have been supported in moves to better their carers.

It's the quotes only a few months ago that bite him on his ass now !
"Never want to leave "
"Live & breathe everton"
"My club"
An extra 10- 20 - 30 - 50 grand a week would mean nothing to me if I left Everton this way. Couldn't wait 4 months ? Give his all in the fight to keep us up ? Then leave with head head high?
I know which I'd choose!!

Rob Halligan
260 Posted 29/01/2023 at 13:38:39
Ian # 255. You’re spot on. I have it on good authority that there never was any bid from Chelsea for Anthony Gordon last summer. This comes from somebody who works in the medical department at the club, and is a very close friend of my mate who I go the home games with.
Pete Clarke
261 Posted 29/01/2023 at 14:05:15
Matt. Just after Everton had played Man U in August 2004 The teary one and David Moyes were in Alex Ferguson’s office to discuss Wayne Rooney. Prices for his purchase had been mentioned.
According to Ferguson, Bill was crying in his office and asked to make a call to his mum.
“ They are stealing my boy” he mumbles. She gets on the phone and shouts down the phone “ your not getting him for nothing, he’s got to be worth 50 million “.
Ferguson thought it was some sort of trick and was embarrassed by the whole thing.
Needless to say Bill let his mum and a lot of us down by selling him for just over $25 mil.
18 years later the same guy will be getting had off by the Geordies with the sale of Anthony Gordon and that’s given they are now the richest club in the world.
How on earth do we get rid of this parasite?
Ian Riley
262 Posted 29/01/2023 at 15:27:41
The current atmosphere around the club and current league placing, youngsters are not developing. They are worried and even frightened of making mistakes. Gordon has to be selfish for his career and development. Gordon did the right thing wanting out. Or did he? No one knows what goes on behind the scenes?

The club is skint, relegation is more probable and value of players go down in the championship. We must put the brakes on what we think we know. Everton sell their best players with value. This is a 30 year model at this club.

Ray Smith
263 Posted 29/01/2023 at 15:58:47
Dave 254

I think you may well be right.
Was the so called £60m bid by Chelsea, a sweetener for the future where a transfer for £40m + is seen as a bargain.
If that is the case well done someone.
I’m not happy with how Gordon has conducted himself during the past week, but his head has been turned.

Dean Williams
264 Posted 29/01/2023 at 16:03:03
Hell fit right in up in Newcastle. All ugly fuckers up there
Shaun Laycock
265 Posted 29/01/2023 at 16:07:52
Breaking news... he's gone. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/64441380
Andrew Mc
266 Posted 29/01/2023 at 16:11:28
He has clearly annoyed the club, no thank you Anthony or any pleasantries at all, hopefully he will come a cropper, I really don't see all the fuss about him, maybe he will prove me wrong.
Michael Lynch
267 Posted 29/01/2023 at 16:14:47
The club makes it clear he put in a transfer request.
Will Mabon
268 Posted 29/01/2023 at 16:16:21
Shaun, I read a few dozen of the comments, very negative mostly.
Brent Stephens
269 Posted 29/01/2023 at 16:18:00
£40m (and that's initially) - no way he's shown that value at Everton, so on that basis alone, this is a great deal for us. Apart from which, I quickly tired of his antics on the pitch - the constant (embarrassing) attempts to buy a free-kick; and, as somebody else mentioned, his jumping "out" of a challenge for a header rather than into it.
Brent Stephens
270 Posted 29/01/2023 at 16:24:05
78 First-Team appearances, scoring seven goals.

Not a great return.

Michael Lynch
271 Posted 29/01/2023 at 16:25:14
I wish he'd said thanks to the club and particularly the fans for the support he's had. Sure, a few dickheads gave him a hard time, but the rest of us have been behind him. Doesn't he remember how he felt when the fans were all singing his name?

Shame. He'll get a torrid reception next time he comes to Goodison.

David Vaughan
272 Posted 29/01/2023 at 16:25:58
Vindicates Benitez's poor view of him, methinks. Unbelievably good deal for us. Now let's use the money AND the opportunity to replace him with Dyche-inspired wisdom. Or whoever is declared the next victim, sorry manager.
David Vaughan
273 Posted 29/01/2023 at 16:25:58
Vindicates Benitez's poor view of him, methinks. Unbelievably good deal for us. Now let's the money AND the opportunity to replace him with Dyche-inspired wisdom. Or whoever is declared the next victim, sorry manager.
Paul Tran
274 Posted 29/01/2023 at 16:26:59
Glad that's out of the way. A very good bit of business for us. Now for some new arrivals, which I'm not expecting till Tuesday evening.
Robert Tressell
275 Posted 29/01/2023 at 16:29:27
Huge fee. Shame to see him go but possibly vital to securing our top flight status and, without wanting to be too dramatic, our existence as a solvent football club.

Hopefully we now reinvest.

Hopefully we don't get Fraser in return for an inflated fee (although I don't object at modest cost if we get Ndiaye and Gyorekes too - or similar)

Ray Roche
276 Posted 29/01/2023 at 16:29:56
Funny, but someone said Dyche was named as Everton manager on Wikipedia. Well he’s not now.
Kevin Naylor
277 Posted 29/01/2023 at 16:32:56
Ray Dyche unavailable to back on Betfair and if there was any doubt the money would be up in a flash.
Jim Bennings
278 Posted 29/01/2023 at 16:34:13
Regardless of what we think of Gordon, average, show pony, blind alley's player, underwhelming numbers.

There can be no mistake that we have sold a player that has been our joint top scorer this season albeit with a poor return, and one of the few that puts us on the front foot.

We have 48 hours to actually announce Dyche as manager then help the fella sign at least two attacking players.

Typical Everton.

Rob Halligan
279 Posted 29/01/2023 at 16:35:18
Ray, I looked when someone said he was Everton manager on Wikipedia, but it never said any such thing.
Daniel A Johnson
280 Posted 29/01/2023 at 16:38:13
This transfer was all water off a ducks back for me.

But when he said this he pissed me off:

"People haven't seen what I'm capable of yet,"

Really Gordon then why didn't you fecking well show it on the pitch for us then then mate we sort of needed you to pal.

Tony Abrahams
281 Posted 29/01/2023 at 16:41:02
If you don’t show those Geordies what you think you are capable of Anthony, then you will get a lot more abuse off them than you have ever had at Goodison Pk, kid.
Mal van Schaick
282 Posted 29/01/2023 at 16:45:23
Thinks he’s better than he is. Certainly not worth 45m.
Barry Hesketh
283 Posted 29/01/2023 at 16:48:12
Tony @281
I hope Anthony doesn't buy a new horse with his signing on fee, the barcodes don't much care for horses, I wonder what they'll think of a show pony?
Rob Halligan
284 Posted 29/01/2023 at 16:51:29
If a couple of kids shouting at him through his car window put the fear of god in him, what will he feel like when he comes back later this season, when there will be 37K shouting and screaming at him? Will be a quivering wreck.
Tony Abrahams
285 Posted 29/01/2023 at 16:57:59
I think the Geordies really appreciate skilful ball players but there is no love lost between the two sets of fans. If Gordon doesn't produce, they'll probably want to turn him into glue, Barry!
Nick Page
286 Posted 29/01/2023 at 17:11:18
Only Kenwrights well run Everton could start the January transfer window looking for a striker after having been told by all and sundry in the summer we needed more goals, to then close the window with even fewer goals than before and no manager.

Eh, what a football club!

Joe McMahon
287 Posted 29/01/2023 at 17:14:51
Nick, apparently that's what the Chairmen of other football clubs think.
Rob Halligan
288 Posted 29/01/2023 at 17:16:55
Anyone wanna see this?……………..


Kunal Desai
289 Posted 29/01/2023 at 17:22:26
Gordon is a bang average footballer, says alot when he hasn't done anything worthy of note in his 18 months playing regularly and can still get a move to a champions league chasing team.

We should have been announcing atleast one of his replacements straight away. Oh hahaha sorry this is Everton Football Club. I forgot.

John Raftery
290 Posted 29/01/2023 at 17:23:56
Well, I for one won’t be booing Anthony when he returns to Goodison. This deal has done has done the club a huge favour. Imagine if he had said ‘No, I don’t want to leave. I want to stay and fight for my place.’ The team will not be worse for his departure. With the right acquisitions we might be better on the pitch and in a healthier position financially.
Christine Foster
291 Posted 29/01/2023 at 17:36:04
Just watched the Newcastle interview, hard watch with obviously no love lost. He knew he wanted to go there in the summer?
Forget what I said about any abuse he got or Lampards influence, he is young in mind and body, the arrogance of youth, believed his own hype and has disrespected the club and its fans.
I hope he has a good career at Newcastle, but I doubt it, he will grow to realize just how hard it is to live up there.
Thanks for the money. We got the better of that deal.
Darren Hind
292 Posted 29/01/2023 at 17:37:39
Leave a club thats been run like a car boot sale since he was born and fans who have turned on him so angrily since he attracted the interest of elite clubs.... For the chance to join a club with probably the most upward trajectory in world football ??? What is he thinking ?

We escaped relegation by the width of a rizzla last season. We'd have almost certainly gone down without this kid. - Lord knows how many millions that saved. He cost nothing and he has only earned about a million quid in in the past two years. We've just got 40 times that with...add-ons !!!

I don't get this club anymore. We still feel grateful to a manager who fleeced the club of tens of millions before he snuck out after confessing he couldnt do the job..... Yet we chase a boy who has been better than a forty lottery wins all the way up the A1.

Out of the pair of them. I wonder which one history will decree was more beneficial to EFC ?

Ray Roche
293 Posted 29/01/2023 at 17:47:22
Rob @288

Interesting interview, thanks for sharing that Rob.

Will Mabon
294 Posted 29/01/2023 at 17:47:33
The interview was all pretty predictable, I guess, so how true are the details, who knows?

I'm more concerned that a club like Newcastle is now making Everton look like... what Newcastle were.

Christy Ring
295 Posted 29/01/2023 at 17:49:00
Darren #292,

You can defend him all you like but total lack of respect in my opinion. He let himself down, refusing to train with his club, and turned his back on his teammates. Good riddance.

Barry Hesketh
296 Posted 29/01/2023 at 17:55:10
I agree with Darren, that Gordon was a catalyst that sparked the revival which helped us stay up last season. My question would be, if the roles of Newcastle and Everton were reversed, would we be happy paying £45M for the lad?

I think he will improve at Newcastle, and he may go on to be an important cog in their team, and like it or not, Newcastle are a far better team than we currently are, which will always be of benefit to a young up-and-coming player.

As it is, the player joins a club who have money and ambition, and we get a big wad of 'unexpected' cash to help us plug some of the gaps in our current squad, if it's spent correctly.

Christine Foster
297 Posted 29/01/2023 at 17:58:01

I understand what you are saying, but his head and heart left in the summer. Not because of a single yob banging on his car. He made the call to leave last summer.

Not angry at him, really disappointed in him, he hasn't been at the races this season. Hasn't done what he did last season and we know he could have made a difference this season if his heart was in it.

Listen to the interview again and tell me of his loyalty or respect. It's yet another testament to how badly run this club is... when the better youngsters don't want to be here. But there is a way of doing things in life, on both sides.

Danny O’Neill
298 Posted 29/01/2023 at 18:00:54
I watched the interview – thanks for the link, Rob.

Personally, I thought he spoke well and was respectful towards Everton.

I don't have any ill feeling towards him.

The club were clearly looking to sell him and, as the kid says himself, he just hopes we reinvest the money wisely.

A shame, but a humble and wise head on 21-year-old shoulders in my opinion.

Will Mabon
299 Posted 29/01/2023 at 18:02:32
Well, he got out before Rob got to him in the park, at least.
Paul Tran
300 Posted 29/01/2023 at 18:04:29
Gordon and Ancelotti have two things in common. They both took a better offer and they've both moved on. So should we.
Michael Lynch
301 Posted 29/01/2023 at 18:07:01
To be fair to the lad, he’s put a lovely message on his Instagram account.

Darren Hind
302 Posted 29/01/2023 at 18:08:08
Not defending him. Just pointing out that he has been the equivalent to forty lottery wins and without him we'd have been even more fucked than we are now. Is that contestable ?

Between him and Carlo, One saw the relegation fight coming and rolled his sleeves up. The other declared he was not a magician and fucked off.


Dont disagree.

We neither of us know for sure, but I think you are on the money. his head was almost certainly turned. But the hammering he as taken since was hardly encouragement to stay.

As ever. those who have been most critical are the ones who now feel the most outraged.

He's gone. This club is infinitely better off than they would have been without him... As you say. there is something really sad about all this, But I dont think there is any need for some to chase him up the A1.

Christine Foster
303 Posted 29/01/2023 at 18:09:20
Danny, no, have to disagree, don't think he was respectful at all. He allegedly refused to play, missed training, did the interview, Pics and press thing etc.. it's the "way" it was done. He wanted out. We are at the bottom of the league, a player with talent who doesn't want to play for us..that's not respect Danny.
Danny Baily
304 Posted 29/01/2023 at 18:12:10
Not a huge amount of respect, but we've got to move on. A new manager announcement would go a long way towards that!
Dan Nulty
305 Posted 29/01/2023 at 18:12:22
We move on, good luck to him.

Hopefully we have a transfer window like we haven't seen for a long time where we get some rabbits pulled out of hats. Can't see it but all I can do is hope.

Neil Carter
306 Posted 29/01/2023 at 18:14:02
Anthony Gordon-up there with Stuart Barlow except poorer goals per game record.
See ya Jigsaw 2. !!!!
Keep believing your own myth son
Colin Glassar
307 Posted 29/01/2023 at 18:14:39
What Gordon did was bang out of order even though no one can deny his right to better himself.

I just hope the money is spent wisely but somehow I doubt it.

Christine Foster
308 Posted 29/01/2023 at 18:18:40
Darren, exactly my point, with him playing as he can, we probably wouldn't be in the position we are. Whatever the reasons, it was clear he wanted away after the Chelsea interest and really didn't perform as well as he could since. I have woken early and grumpy...
Kieran Kinsella
309 Posted 29/01/2023 at 18:28:19

In support of your comments on the phantom Chelsea bid. Do you remember about a week before the window closed Lampard said Chelsea had to put up or shut up then said it was too late to entertain a bid if one ever came. There may or not have been interest but zero evidence of a bid.

Darren Hind
310 Posted 29/01/2023 at 18:31:52

My final word on Gordon as he is now Everton history.

Not only was his head turned. He was suspended. He was sick. He was injured and he was being asked to carry senior professionals who were letting him down every time he was selected.

Coleman, Gana, Coady and Tarkowski have all been truly abysmal. Whether Gordon played or not. Yet he has taken more flack than all of them.

Not the ideal apprenticeship.

Barry Rathbone
311 Posted 29/01/2023 at 18:34:50
Watching his interview he couldn't smile wide enough till the interviewer started asking about Everton. He knows what awaits
Christy Ring
312 Posted 29/01/2023 at 18:36:12
I believe we done well to get £45m, hope it’s spent wisely. The club not wishing him well, says everything about his sulking, attitude and disrespect. It’s very easy to come out and say a few nice words when you have got your transfer.
Rob Halligan
313 Posted 29/01/2023 at 18:36:44
Kieran, maybe Chelsea didn’t think he was worth the £60M Everton were after, and so decided not to bother.
Tony Abrahams
314 Posted 29/01/2023 at 18:37:38
You can add a few other names of young players to that Gordon list, Darren, and you can add a lot more to your other list mate.

Since Moshiri came to Everton, and went for Koeman first, he's been like a bad gambler who thinks his fortunes are suddenly going to change. Like the jinx in the Bronx Tale but nowhere near as funny.

John Charles
315 Posted 29/01/2023 at 18:50:44
Not the only awful footballer at the club and by no means the most senior. But nobody wanted to buy the others and this is a great deal for us. Absolutely average.
Brian Williams
316 Posted 29/01/2023 at 19:02:28
Nobody on here knows the ins and outs of why he went and who started it. All the relevant posts are personal opinions and as such each one is equally as valid or equally as pointless as the next one.

Blame whoever you want, we'll never truly know, which is why playing the blame game is a waste of time. I just hope the money is spent well on new players and we stay up!

Tony Shelby
317 Posted 29/01/2023 at 19:02:43
Fuck off, fuck-face.
Karl Meighan
318 Posted 29/01/2023 at 19:05:37
He didnt perform for much of this season for various reasons with fitness and being lightweight being near the top in my opinion. Doing his best for the Club that pays him should have been more important than how senior pro's performed. Them players have been woefull by the way.

This looks a good deal from both points of view. Newcastle get a young player with potential whilst we get £45m for a player any decent fullback wouldn't have nightmares about facing. Ancelotti didnt think much of him and there were rumours of him knocking on his door expecting a shirt.

When all is done as ever its how the money is invested as to whether this turns out well for us. Most of us wont be confident this is the case.

Mike Gaynes
319 Posted 29/01/2023 at 19:06:15
See ya.
Mark Tanton
320 Posted 29/01/2023 at 19:08:40
"People haven't seen what I can do." He ain't kidding.
Jamie Sweet
321 Posted 29/01/2023 at 19:15:50
Imagine not having the bottle to want to stay and fight for your boyhood club.

Glad we got the money before everyone realised how bang average he really is.

Danny O’Neill
322 Posted 29/01/2023 at 19:21:22
My last word on it too.

He was sold and the club wanted to sell him to profit, so I won't criticise the kid. We done it with Rooney but as it transpires (apparently) that the club were trying to offload him to somewhere he didn't want to go, so he's picked his place of his own choosing...

So he wanted to get the best deal for himself and go to where he wanted to once he knew the club didn't want him anymore.

Alan Ball and Arsenal?

Daniel A Johnson
323 Posted 29/01/2023 at 19:41:27
Also my final word, but there are ways of handling yourself. If you are playing for your boyhood club you supposedly love then give your all for the shirt until you move.

His attitude was simply foul. He allegedly refused to play, missed training etc.

Basically did everything he could to be disruptive and engineer a move. A few nice words on Twitter afterwards mean fuck-all.

Phil Friedman
324 Posted 29/01/2023 at 19:44:25
Being “across the pond” I could never get a real fix on Gordon on TV, until I saw him live in Baltimore during the pre-season. At that point, it became clear to me at least that he wouldn't make it in the Prem, for Everton or anyone else.

He just hung around, didn't make the right runs in the box, weak shot, poor passer/crosser. I guess his career record is reflective of these weaknesses. And his attitude sucked. Good riddance.

Mike Connolly
325 Posted 29/01/2023 at 20:03:49
Any chance of Newcastle doing us more favours? Maupay Keane and Alli would be a good start…
Kieran Kinsella
326 Posted 29/01/2023 at 20:22:04
I’m not buying all these “final words” on this topic from people.
Ste Traverse
327 Posted 29/01/2023 at 20:30:22
I'm not going to abuse him for going because I'm not really that arsed. We've just got to do what we don't usually do which is invest our money wisely.

I fear panic buys considering we've so little time to spend it. We should've moved him on weeks ago if that was the plan, and he seemed determined to leave anyway.

Wonder if we'll see Gordon's silly 'cupped ear' celebration when the Geordies turn up at Goodison in April??

Chris Jenkins
328 Posted 29/01/2023 at 20:31:18
Absolutely crucial now that Thelwell is shown the door without delay and that the new manager, when confirmed, is the sole decision maker as to how any money available is reinvested before the deadline.
Nigel Munford
329 Posted 29/01/2023 at 20:49:29
So is it £40 million or £45 million as press are reporting
Deborah Maria
330 Posted 29/01/2023 at 21:01:18
He wanted out before the season started, good luck to him. We move on
Simon Harrison
331 Posted 29/01/2023 at 21:12:57
Tweet from AG. Worth a read;

Thank you from AG

Posted on the Echo's live EFC feed;

Anthony Gordon claims he never meant to 'disrespect Everton'

Anthony Gordon insists it was never his intention to 'disrespect Everton' after forcing his way out of the club in order to join Newcastle United.

He said: “It was a really difficult decision and it’s been a really tough week for me. I’ve been at Everton for my whole footballing career so far, so it’s been difficult, but this is an opportunity that I couldn’t really miss out on.

“I didn’t mean to disrespect or offend anyone at Everton, and I’m hoping they know that and hopefully they can reinvest the money now and stay in the Premier League.

“I never imagined it or wanted it to go like that, that’s why it’s been such a tough week for me. But I just couldn’t miss out on this opportunity and they got a lot of money for me, so I’m hoping they can reinvest it into the squad.”

Seems sincere, and a many have said, footballers, all modern footballers, go where the money is, or where it is best to progress their career.

Bygones, time to move on now methinks.

Larry O'Hara
332 Posted 29/01/2023 at 21:19:11
Well, speaking for himself (and myself) that is an appropriate and classy farewell. Though obviously the many ‘experts’ on TW know better than AG what he thinks and feels and will no doubt tell us…
Simon Harrison
333 Posted 29/01/2023 at 21:23:55
I agree Larry, cue onrush of bile or vitriol, on the one hand, and thanks for the £40m, good luck and fare ye well on 'tother.

Very rare is what used to be called the balanced, middle ground anymore.

Mark Ryan
334 Posted 29/01/2023 at 21:25:57
Some well thought out posts.Lots of sincere remarks and considered opinions supporting AG and wishing him well. I have no real issue with him leaving for silly money if it means we can get a proper striker or 2 in BUT the post that touched my heart and made me laugh out loud was Tony Shelbys " Fuck off Fuck Face "

Very, very funny

Neil Copeland
335 Posted 29/01/2023 at 21:31:08
Good luck to Gordon, perhaps Eddie Howe will get the best out of him. Had some good moments here although too few in my opinion to justify £45m.

Hopefully we use the money well and everyone wins.

Paul Birmingham
336 Posted 29/01/2023 at 21:45:23
Good luck to the lad, but at Everton, there’s pressing matters to start the Dyche era, in form, and make up lost ground n the premiership.

Hopefully the sale of Anthony Gordon, will help the cause in the couple of of days in this window.

Stephen Smyth
337 Posted 29/01/2023 at 21:57:39
Does anyone really believe the messages from Gordon havent been well rehearsed.blah blah blah wish the club well fuck him couldnt wait to jump ship..we are better off without him...
Ray Smith
338 Posted 29/01/2023 at 22:23:14
AJ your young, I’ll give you that, but whoever is advising you over this debacle get rid.
Your digging a bigger hole that was already dug for you.
Knuckle down in your new environment, but I for one will not forget the way you have engineered your departure, hopefully the bench at NUFC keeps your backside warm, because your going to spend a long time sitting on it!
Andrew Keatley
339 Posted 29/01/2023 at 22:38:51
I think Anthony Gordon has done the right thing for himself and for Everton football club. Any player who happens to be a fan of the club they play for is not going to be loyal to that club ahead of themselves and their family for the entirety of their careers, if ever. It’s a good move for Anthony Gordon, and will give him the platform to kick on towards what he wants to achieve in the game. Everton needed to cash in, and on balance £40+ million is a great deal right now - particularly as Gordon has largely been unreliable and underpowered this season. He definitely has talent and pace but needs to work much harder to realise his potential, and I wonder if he has the gumption to ever truly do that.
Ernie Baywood
340 Posted 29/01/2023 at 22:40:40
He's gone so I'm not particularly interested in his future now.

I am interested to see whether and how we reinvest these funds.

If they're not spent then we're down with a very good indication that we are in austerity mode for the foreseeable.

Does anyone ever do really great business on the January deadline day? It's hard to believe that it's going to happen. The biggest and best struggle in this window - why would Everton be able to pull rabbits out of hats?

Christy Ring
341 Posted 29/01/2023 at 23:04:33
Darren #310 Coleman, Coady, Tarkowski and Gana have been abysmal, but Gordon hasn't? He was suspended, injured and sick, anymore excuses, Who gave away the cheap freekick against Ward-Prowse, which cost us the game, because he was too lazy to fight for the ball.
Danny #322 You won't criticise the kid, the club wanted to sell him? You forgot to mention he went on strike, put in a transfer request, how does that compare to Rooney? Wayne did absolutely nothing wrong, Kenwright was behind Rooney leaving. Gordon in my opinion was totally unprofessional and to try and say a few kind words after his transfer means absolutely nothing.
John Keating
342 Posted 29/01/2023 at 23:14:37
Seen far better players go
Bye bye
Don Alexander
343 Posted 29/01/2023 at 23:27:47
"Our" Anthony or the 21st century version of Keith Gillespie?

Keith Who?

Alexander Murphy
344 Posted 30/01/2023 at 05:08:27
There have been so many players who's departure for "pastures new" have saddened my heart, most recently Richarlison.

Gordon leaving does not evoke any emotion whatever in me. £40M helps us more than he was ever likely to do.

Tony Abrahams
345 Posted 30/01/2023 at 06:10:57
I think Gordon, has been very unprofessional Christy, because I’m sure he said that Newcastle, has been on his mind since the summer, which makes sense now, considering his performances for Everton, since last summer’s transfer window closed.

It’s going to be interesting to see how he develops, because reading these posts and listening to other Evertonians speaking about Gordon, I’ve never known the fanbase to be split down the middle, as much as they are about this player.

“His last game” summed his time up at Everton perfectly imo. He danced passed two players and put in a cross that Tarkowski could have scored from, and then he put in a lazy, stupid, unprofessional tackle whilst on the wrong side, and Southampton scored from the free kick.

I’ve never been convinced by Anthony Gordon, so I’m convinced that Everton, have just done their best bit of business in the transfer market for years (absolute years) but unless we bring in the right players with the money we have made, we are in massive trouble.

Let’s hope we spend the money wisely, allowing us to give the kid who helped save us, dogs abuse, every time Everton play Newcastle in the future. This is how football works isn’t it!?

Darren Hind
346 Posted 30/01/2023 at 07:01:04

As I said. My last word about an ex- player

But you seem to want to pursue me on this so I will addrees what you say.

You have been vehemently defending a player (against very reasonable criticism) who has been not been premier league standard for years.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, judgement and even bias, but I believe that by defending and supporting our 1970's center back pairing, you have had and are still having your judgement exposed. Like in any walk of life. the senior professional should always,always,always take a greater responsibility than the apprentice.

It's been desperately difficult for the younger players coming into the team. Thats why they are in and out. They are working with a non existent forward line and a seriously shite back four. Senior pro's who simply don't have the guts or self belief to take it to the opposition.

Point the finger all you want at younger players, but if you need to understand why we are as shite on the field as we are off it. You need not look much further than the four players I mentioned. As senior pro's they should be teaching the youngsters, not hiding behind them.

BTW; If you think you think you will convince me that its ok to attack the kids while defending the senior pro's, I can assure you. You have the wrong poster.

Instead of banging on about somebody who doesnt play for Everton. You would do well to concentrate on the vastly experienced players who got us in this scrap,

Somewhat predictably They're still here.

BTW: Excuses ? I just put up what happened.

Christine Foster
347 Posted 30/01/2023 at 07:23:45
Darren, frankly since the days of Peter Reid I cannot think of many senior players who have looked after the youngsters. Of the current lot, perhaps Coleman, but the truth is few if any senior played are good enough for their own place in the team. Take your pick of the centre backs, the current two seem to have developed tunnel vision preventing them from seeing crosses!
There was a thread about culture on the club a week or so back, the reality is that there is not a winning culture in the manager or the team. It feels like so many players who should know better have been hiding, leaving the youngsters exposed. Sometimes its one or two in the squad that shape the culture, but it needs seniors to stand up and be that rock instead of the silence.
Alan J Thompson
348 Posted 30/01/2023 at 07:35:42
Alex(#344); It's not just the 1st team squad but when you have young kids/juniors wanting out then you have to worry that this is just another malady infecting this club.
Danny O’Neill
349 Posted 30/01/2023 at 08:00:47
Christy, maybe he did put in a transfer request and pulled a sicky or sulked. I don't know for definite. I have no idea.

I watched a player who has potential, but still needs to develop. He won't be a superstar, he's not a leader on the pitch and never will be. But he might succeed as part of a better team.

Over the years and when I look in hindsight, I'm very sceptical on the club's motives and the part they play once that they seemingly decide to sell a player. I mentioned Alan Ball, who vocally came out and said years later that he didn't want to leave. Rooney has recently done similar, although he would have gone at some point in reality. Duncan Ferguson was sold; a totally adopted Evertonian if you listen to his words and would have stayed for life. There are probably other examples I can't think of right now.

I suspect Everton has been touting Gordon hence the summer rumours and now this move.

To draw parallels with Gordon, I think the one that really got me for petulance and getting ahead of himself was Francis Jeffers. But then again, who knows what motives the club had in the background? Cash in? It seems to be a theme with Everton.

In fact, now I think about it the Jeffers transfer more reflects what those who think badly of Anthony Gordon. If I recall correctly, he through a tantrum with Walter Smith for not being selected on the first or second game of the season and handed in a transfer request.

I guess we'll find out in about 15 years when he speaks fondly of his boyhood club having been apointed as a coach at Finch Farm with the then 92 year old Kenwright still at the helm.

I have to exercise the right to reply on the defence Darren, as part of the Centre Back Union. Despite the initial optimism, yet again we have a defence that sits deep and doesn't get us on the front foot. Attack starts from the back. Maybe it's been the tactics. Maybe the nature of the players. Maybe that we haven't had a functioning midfield in front of them. And the glaring obvious, what have they had to aim for? An inconsistent Demarai Gray, an off form Anthony Gordon and a near non-existent Calvert-Lewin. Numerous factors that indicate a dysfunctional team in a dysfunctional club.

In reality, it's good business. As long as we reinvest and the money doesn't disappear down the back of the Goodison couch.

That lot have shown over the years that you can sell your best players for good money. And then reinvest often at profit. How you spend, not what you spend.

It's only Monday. A long wait until we play Arsenal but I can't wait.

Ian Bennett
350 Posted 30/01/2023 at 08:08:37
Gary Speed, Danny. That still upsets me now.
Christy Ring
351 Posted 30/01/2023 at 08:21:59
Darren #346 In my opinion and maybe I'm biased, but you won't get a better and more committed professional player than Coleman for Gordon to look up to. If you think Seamus hasn't guts, self belief and goes hiding, I see a completely different player.

If Gordon has as good a career as Seamus, he should definitely be proud of himself. Seamus hasn't the legs to be playing every week, but still gives his all. A true role model for any young player to look up to.

A good few years back when Man Utd were sniffing around, Seamus didn't have his head turned or swelled, but gave his all for his club, unlike Gordon, who has been a passenger since last summer, and refused to play, nothing to do with being injured or sick.

Tony Abrahams
352 Posted 30/01/2023 at 08:27:03
Franny Jeffers allegedly went to speak to Bill Kenwright with an open mind regarding his Everton future and the first words allegedly spoken to him were, “That David Dean, is very interested in you, son.”

A very good Evertonian told me this because he had been arguing with Franny when he returned to the club and Jeffers then asked him, “Do you remember what else I told you when I decided to leave Everton?”

“No,” was the reply. “Can't you remember I told you Michael Ball would be next?” said Jeffers.

So it wouldn't surprise me if Everton have been hawking Anthony Gordon around, Danny. That's why I couldn't understand why Gordon never went to training. It's obvious Everton have needed to sell him to give our new manager some transfer funds, imo.

What would Everton have done? Sell all their talented kids maybe, Bill? Boyhood Evertonians who have sadly and inadvertently contributed to the demise of Everton, who made Everton at least £100 million during the Kenwright era.

Darren Hind
353 Posted 30/01/2023 at 09:34:40

I don't want to turn this into a Seamus bashing exercise, because I have a great fondness for him but you are looking at this through your Green tinted Glasses. He has acquitted himself well in a team noted only for its mediocrity. But Man United "sniffing around" ???

At best, Seamus and the two CH's you defend so stoutly have only ever held their own in the EPL. They have a combined age of about a hundred. They have never won anything and they have never attracted a bid from a wealthier more ambitious clubs.

Seamus has too big a heart to not have another cameo or two left in his locker, but he really does need to get himself to fuck.

The much loved marauding Irishman is in danger of ruining his own legacy. It would be really sad if he was to be remembered as the guy who issued a rallying call every time he had just been ripped a new one.

Makes no difference to me if you or others want to comfort themselves by trying to portray a former player in as bad a light as you can. Like the rest of us you don't have a scooby what went on.

What we DO know now, is that there was clearly a deal being brokered. The player knew it. the club knew it. the fucking dogs in the street knew it.

IMO It would have been wrong for a player to go into preparation for the next game knowing he was not even going to be here for it. I suspect Leighton Bainse thought so too, given his comment about excused absence.

The club could have easily have cleared up this "mystery", but they chose to stay silent. They had their scapegoat and I find it staggering that there are still so many of you who have once again bought it hook line and sinker

I don't buy your story. I don't buy your conjecture and I don't share your desire to portray the outgoing youngster in the worst possible light. I'm far too cynical for that.

Like I say; We have far more things to worry about.

Jonathan Tasker
354 Posted 30/01/2023 at 09:40:20
Assuming the £40m figure is correct, is this the most money we have received for a home grown player ?
Funny how bullshit Bill had the media report Dele Alli as £40m when it was free.
And now when it’s actually £40m it’s undisclosed. Presumably because the club don’t want to be seen as not spending the Gordon money
Anthony A Hughes
355 Posted 30/01/2023 at 10:13:24
Well he's gone now so that's that.
I don't if he's a boyhood Blue or what but some commitment to the relegation battle to help us stay up would have gone down a lot better than leaving this way.
Like he says we haven't seen what he can do yet but it would have helped if he stayed until the end of the season, threw in some good performances and then left on better terms.
I suppose we know the character of the man now.
Charles Brewer
356 Posted 30/01/2023 at 11:04:28
Jonathan, with Bullshit Bill's managerial skills, he'll probably back up his Dele Alli story by paying Spurs the Gordon money.

I am confident that the £40 million will be completely wasted, for all the good it will do we might as well have let Gordon go on a free.

However, I regard his departure as nothing but beneficial. Players like Gordon, Pogba, Ferdinand and - from what I've read - Danjuma, lead to poisoned, divided, unhappy dressing rooms and unmotivated losing performances on the pitch. There appear to be large numbers of these players, talented but immature, overpaid and convinced of their value by agents who make far more out of a good transfer than from a player developing loyalty to a club. And while I am second in the queue to no-one when it comes to loathing the RS, they appear to have kept the lid on player power for a long time - although perhaps even they are now seeing the beginning of the decline we've experienced under the diseased management of Bullshit Bill.

Brendan Fox
357 Posted 30/01/2023 at 11:18:35
Gordon showed a few flashes of a good player in the making last season but unfortunately let too many people blow smoke up his arse making him think he's better than performances have actually shown this season.

£40m rising to £45 subject to performance add ons is like theft even from the Barcodes, the money needs to be spent on a striker who can bang some goals in and a creative midfielder

Christy Ring
358 Posted 30/01/2023 at 11:46:24
Darren#353 Not going to get in a war of words with you, as you say we have far bigger things to worry about, and still don't know why Dyche deal is not confirmed. I have nothing against Gordon, just not impressed with the way he acted to get his transfer. I will beg to disagree about Seamus, he was as good as any fullback in the Premiership in his prime, costing just €60,000, I don't think there was ever a better bargain, and back in his prime Utd were linked, and we gave him a better contract. He shouldn't be playing every week, but with Patterson injured, he's been over played. I believe we're more vulnerable on the left, Mykolenko has gone backwards since last season. Regarding Tarkowski and Coady, I haven't defended them stoutly, personally I'd have a fit Mina ahead of both. That's me finished on the issue, I won't say anymore, you might start calling me Ring (only joking)!
Ian Bennett
359 Posted 30/01/2023 at 12:08:40
Our recruitment is so bad:-

We scout the wrong profile. Most are too slow, lack hunger, and the asking price doesn't correlate to the atual ability.

We buy at the wrong time. Yet again we are trying to buy goals at the 11th hour. How on earth do you buy good value, good players a day before the deadline. Its a stupid strategy. This was known in the summer, yet we signed garner, gana, onana, mcneil and Maupay. Where was the goals coming from in that?

We sell our better players. Yet again the family silver has been flogged, and everyone knows we've got £40m. Prepared to get done over for crap players.

We have more stories of our better players leaving, than actually seeing better ones come in. Gordon gone, Branthwaite bid for, Pickford not signing a deal and going to Spurs no doubt, clubs in foe Onana.

Mick O'Malley
360 Posted 30/01/2023 at 13:06:43
I think history is being rewritten if Gordon was the catalyst for us staying up last season, if any players pulled us over the line it was Pickford and Richarlison, Gordon gave us a few fleeting glimpses but I don’t remember all these stand out performances, that’s just my opinion and you don’t have to agree, but I certainly won’t miss him, it’s a shame cos I like a local lad in the side,but as far as I’m concerned, his time with us was underwhelming, I was gutted when Barclay left but I couldn’t wait to see the back of Gordon
Mal van Schaick
361 Posted 30/01/2023 at 13:17:27
We are at a tipping point. If players don’t turn up to train and hand transfer requests in. Let them go, cash in or just loan them out or release them if they are worthless. We want players to fight for our cause. Not bottle it.

There are no guarantees if Dyche does become manager. Lampard failed to to see that our lack of goals and his style of play with hardly any creativity, brought about his downfall.

The next day will epitomise and define the rest of our season, with the quality and quantity of any signings, then it will be up to the manager to put his stamp on the remainder of our season.

Steve Brown
362 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:59:44
The lad did well last season, and I think from that point onwards that the club hierarchy recognised him as a saleable asset.

He evidently began to believe the hype himself when he claimed to have aspirations of making Everton’s World Cup Squad. Based on his performances this season, he was a far distance from that level.

I think he was badly advised over the last week, as Everton would have sold him in this window as they needed the money. He went for a good price so good luck to him.

In the broader context of Everton’s recent history, Gordon is nothing compared to Seamus Coleman. Barely a footnote.

Pete Clarke
363 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:29:37
As a measure of where our club has gone in 20 years or so. Wayne Rooney had to be sold because our owner was skint and the club needed the money to survive. We are now owned by a billionaire and are selling players like Gordon because we have wasted hundreds of millions on bad club management and now need that money to balance the books. We have gone from bad to worse.

What we have also done for years is sell players then actually replace them with inferior more expensive players. I don't see that changing in the current climate of player mediocrity.

I thought a couple of years ago, given the amount of changes in manager we have had, that somewhere along the line it may just click and we start the climb back to success. Sean Dyche is now carrying all of our hopes for a brighter future and I wish him all the best.

However, to continue with these idiots who run the club means that Dyche's chances of success and all of our long suffering hopes of a better Everton will more than likely drag on.

A clever manager would have used Everton's clear desperation to iron out what he wanted to do at the club and also what he did not want regarding players and also intrusion by the board. I also hope he has signed a limited NDA so one day we get to hear the truth.

So Gordon has gone and Sean Dyche will now be looking at what players can suit his style of play to get results. There's a few in the current team that will help but Thelwell has a tough job on his hands bringing in creators and goalscorers.

Charles Brewer
364 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:22:08
McNeil and Maupay appear to be possibly the worst signings in the history of this club (and there is some serious competition for that with alkies like Shandy Andy, loonies like Alli and bollards like Rondon), but since they both used to score (Maupay 1 goal in every 2 matches for Brentford, 1 in 4 for Brighton; McNeil admittedly much more rarely) perhaps - once again - we are seeing players being played in a system which entirely fails to supply them with what's needed. Big floaty crosses to relative shortarses like Tim Cahill and Andy Grey would have been useless, but crosses hammered in flat at medium height give a chance to a less tall but mobile and brave player.

Maybe Dyche is intelligent enough to develop a system which uses what he's got rather than try to get the players to have roles they're not suited to (like, perhaps asking Gueye to play like James Rodriguez).

I suspect next Saturday is going to tell us which division we'll be playing in next year.

Add Your Comments

In order to post a comment, you need to be logged in as a registered user of the site.

» Log in now

Or Sign up as a ToffeeWeb Member — it's free, takes just a few minutes and will allow you to post your comments on articles and Talking Points submissions across the site.

How to get rid of these ads and support TW

© ToffeeWeb