By Sam Stone

16th Aug, 2022 | 5:10pm

Sam Matterface: Anthony Gordon Everton exit will heap pressure onto board at Goodison Park

Sam Matterface believes that losing Anthony Gordon will see the pressure mount on the Everton board after the Toffees opened their Premier League campaign with two defeats.

The Times reported (16 August) that Everton have rejected a £45million bid from Chelsea for Gordon as Thomas Tuchel looks to add the 21-year-old to his ranks.

Matterface believes that if Everton do succumb to a bid from the West London club, it will demoralise the vast majority of Evertonians.

Talking on talkSPORT’s GameDay Podcast (15 August, 33:00), he said: “If they get rid of Anthony Gordon it does two things.

“It demoralises the fan base who idolise him already and it also robs them of probably their most creative asset they have at this moment in time.

“Unless Everton are in such dire straights then they should resist all attempts to sell him.”

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He added: “It’s been unfortunate the way Everton have started the season as they’ve managed to retain a little bit of credit from the fan base despite losing their opening two matches.

“I think losing Gordon will start to see the board come under pressure and the board aren’t popular as it is.”

Have to resist

Losing Gordon with the end of the window fast approaching would be a brutal blow for Frank Lampard, even if they did receive £50million plus for the England under-21 international.

He has clearly been a bright spark for the Toffees at the start of the 2022/23 campaign and considering the lack of forward options at present, Gordon’s departure has to be out of the question for all decision makers at Goodison Park this summer.

Furthermore, even if Everton did have £50million to spend on a striker, there are not a plethora of options available at the moment for the club to look into.

Armando Broja is an obvious contender for Lampard to target, but Chelsea are hardly blessed with an array of strikers at present and seem reluctant to let the Albanian depart Stamford Bridge.

The hierarchy at Goodison Park must also remember that if Gordon continues his current progression, there is a good chance that his stock will only rise more in the coming years.

Everton do need striking reinforcements, but selling Gordon is certainly not the answer.