Predicting Everton’s XI post-Gordon; £30m man among 4 more signings
Everton fans fuming over Anthony Gordon’s move to Chelsea need to look at Leeds United’s brilliant start to the new Premier League season for reassurance. Maybe, maybe everything will work out later.
Earlier in the summer, a Leeds side that avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth in May lost Rafinha and Calvin Phillips – two of their most influential players to Barcelona and Manchester City respectively.
But Jesse Marsh, Victor Orta and colleagues chose to ignore the dark clouds and instead focus on the silver lining. With the proceeds from the sale of the two star men, Leeds reinvested and reinvested brilliantly. Among Mark Rocca, Luis Sinistera and Tyler Adams, to name but three.
Suddenly, Leeds’ squad looks less like a group of 5/10s with two 8s and now a group with 7s across the board. If Everton can take a similar approach – assuming Gordon completes a £60million move to Chelsea before September’s transfer deadline – perhaps they too can come back stronger than ever.
What would Everton look like if Anthony Gordon joined Chelsea?
According to talkSPORT, Everton could demand Armando Broza as part of the Gordon deal. Two exciting young wide forwards, but one scored nine goals last season while the other only got five. Broja, labeled ‘excellent’ and ‘the real deal’ by Martin Keon, will step neatly into the space vacated by Richarlison, whose pace, skill and eye for goal made the turbo-charged Albanian one of last season’s breakout stars at Southampton.
Some might even label him an upgrade on the exciting but erratic Gordon.
TalkSport claim that Everton are also keen on Broza’s Chelsea team-mate Conor Gallagher. Both are wanted on loan. Due to Premier League rules, however, Everton would have to sign one of the duo permanently. Of course, if they want through both doors.
Broja is more likely to come on a full-time deal, as he will fall further down Thomas Tuchel’s pecking order when Gordon arrives.
Another short-term loan for Gallagher, however, could benefit all parties. The England international will need to start playing week in, week out if he is to earn a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad. Everton could offer him, as well as the opportunity to develop his considerable talents under his boyhood idol; Stamford Bridge legend Frank Lampard.
Broza and Gallagher at Everton?
Chelsea are making a £50m bid for Gordon. Everton are likely to set back around £30 million if Broza arrives permanently, giving Lampard and Kevin Thelwell another £20 million to play with.
Three-quarters of that could be spent on James Garner; The stylish, cultured central midfielder is a wicked set-piece in his locker. According to The Athletic, Everton opened talks with Manchester United this week.
Anthony Elanga is another Old Trafford prospect on Lampard’s radar, according to The Mail.
If Broja is Richarlison’s ideal replacement, Elanga could fill in for Gordon on the opposite side. Although not quite as far along in his development as Gordon, Elanga is a direct, relentless attacker that Lampard likes. Sweden international Trent Alexander-Arnold ragged during United’s 2-1 win over Liverpool on Monday.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s ongoing injury problems also require a new number nine at Goodison Park. Sasa Kalajdzic and Serhou Guirasi have been added along with Ben Brereton-Diez. Guirassy however seems most likely; 90 min Rennes says talks with targetman are in progress. Guirasi’s representatives are now in England, talking to Everton.
At 6ft 2ins and an aerial threat, Guirassy will mean Lampard can set up his attack in a similar way. Even when Calvert-Lewin was unavailable; No need to tear up the blueprint.
Of course, Everton’s chances of following Leeds, erm, lead The club is dependent on getting things right in the transfer market. And their recruiting record in recent years, well, let’s just say it leaves a lot to be desired.
But if Thelwell and Lampard can succeed where Benitez, Brands and co failed, there’s no reason why Everton can’t get any stronger after the baby-mouth departure of their most exciting academy graduate, Wayne Rooney.
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