By Joe Ellis

22nd Sep, 2022 | 6:10am

Everton interest passed by Anthony Elanga over summer window

Everton were interested in signing Manchester United winger Anthony Elanga over the summer, but he wasn’t aware of the talk.

The Daily Mail reported on 25 August that the Swedish international was on the Toffees’ radar for a late loan offer if Anthony Gordon had left Goodison Park to join Chelsea but the move never materialised.

The 20-year-old, though, was not aware that Frank Lampard was keeping a close eye on him, as he revealed to Swedish media ahead of the international period.

“I hadn’t actually heard that. My focus is on United and we will see what happens in the future,” Elanga said, as quoted by Fotboll Skanalen.

Rather than Elanga, Everton raided Old Trafford to sign James Garner for £15million along with Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye on a busy deadline day at Finch Farm.

Should’ve pursued

Even though Gordon chose to stay at Goodison Park, Kevin Thelweel should have pursued a loan deal for Elanga much further, especially after United signed Antony from Ajax for a whopping £85million on deadline day.

His electric pace is exactly what would have suited Lampard’s new-look Everton side with Gordon on the opposite flank and Neal Maupay to link the two upfront.

It would be a big upgrade on the painfully average Dwight McNeil and the indifferent Demarai Gray who are currently the two players most likely to start on the left flank.

A loan is far from ideal in most scenarios and it would be better to have them permanently but that shouldn’t be the thing that breaks every deal they try to do.

For just one season, Elanga would have been brilliant for Everton and played every week compared to being Jadon Sancho’s shadow on the bench at Old Trafford.