By Daniel Feliciano

11th Jul, 2022 | 8:15pm

Everton make major transfer statement with Anthony Gordon number change

After the departure of Richarlison this summer in a £60m deal to Tottenham, Everton fans have been terrified that more could follow him out of the door.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been linked with an exit to Newcastle (July 4, The Mirror) during the transfer window, while both Spurs and Newcastle are also said to be interested in a deal for starlet Anthony Gordon too if reports (90min, July 5th) are to be believed.

But the Toffees have moved to stop the speculation when it comes to the 21-year-old winger Gordon, handing him the iconic number 10 shirt for the upcoming 2022/23 season.

Legends like Duncan Ferguson and Wayne Rooney have worn the shirt in the past, while other fan favourites such as Mikel Arteta and Thomas Gravesen have also donned the number in the Premier League era.

After 40 appearances in the 2021/22 campaign, Gordon has emerged as a key member of Frank Lampard’s squad and it was his performances that are largely marked as one of the reasons that Everton managed to avoid relegation.

Those performances have been enough to earn him the famous shirt number too, which shows the clubs intentions and belief that he will be staying put this summer.

There is a suggestion that the club will look to offer him a new long-term contract too this summer as a reward for his performances and the leadership he showed when stepping up last season too, which would be richly deserved and the fans will absolutely love it.

Now fans can be rest assured that their key man is staying put for at least another year, they can focus on incomings rather than outgoings.

Calvert-Lewin looks unlikely to force an exit and his £60m asking price is high, while Everton have already begun making moves in the market after having a £25m bid for Morgan Gibbs-White rejected by Wolves.

The good news is rolling in at this point. The club are actively looking to keep the remainder of their squad together, and bolstering it with talented players.

If this trend continues throughout the summer and the club are able to get deals over the line to help Lampard, then a more successful campaign than last is inevitable.