Goodison View: Everton must resist Euro giants' reported move for Toffees starlet
You wouldn’t necessarily have expected any of Europe’s big boys to be eyeing any Everton players after the start to the season they’ve had.
And you’d be right in regards to the first team. No super power is looking to sign a Gylfi Sigurdsson or a Michael Keane right now, that’s for sure.
However, the Toffees have one of the finest Under-23s teams in the country, and the youngsters in that side are always attracting interest.
The latest to do so is exciting forward Anthony Gordon. The Athletic reported on Thursday that the Blues have received a number of enquiries about the teenager.
One of those enquiries is said to have come from German champions Bayern Munich, manager Carlo Ancelotti’s former side, of course.
It’s thought that a potential loan departure for the 18-year-old had been considered, but that that’s been put on hold because he is now well-placed to feature for the first team over the second half of the campaign.
Simply put, Everton must avoid selling Gordon at all costs.
The local lad is arguably the most exciting young talent at the club, with his seven goals and three assists in 12 U23s games this term evidence of that.
A loan move perhaps would’ve been good in the past, and maybe even still over the second half of the season, but certainly not a permanent exit – even to a big fish like Bayern.
But Ancelotti clearly likes what he’s seen from the youngster, and so we can probably expect to see him featuring for the first team fairly regularly moving forward.
So if he’s that good, why would the Toffees let him go? They shouldn’t, and they very likely won’t, which is absolutely the right decision.