By Daniel Feliciano

9th Apr, 2023 | 5:22pm

Everton were lambasted in January when, despite scoring the fewest goals in the league this season, they sold Anthony Gordon to Newcastle.

After selling Richarlison in the summer to Tottenham in a deal worth £60m, the Toffees failed to properly replace him and suffered, but Gordon was seen by many as the great hope of the squad for the upcoming season.

Instead he struggled to find the form that made him a fan favourite in the season prior and found himself in and out of the team under Frank Lampard.

So when Newcastle came in with a bid worth up to £45m to take him to St James’ Park, many fans wanted to see him go and a new replacement brought in.

The deal went through after Gordon went on strike, refusing to train for three days straight and even refusing to play against West Ham at the London Stadium in Lampard’s final game as boss.

While there was no replacement brought in, the petulant behaviour of Gordon wasn’t really questioned publicly and it was instead portrayed as a young player wanting to further his career.

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But as Newcastle claimed a 2-1 win over Brentford on 8 April in the Premier League, Gordon’s ridiculous attitude has come to the fore again as fan footage has emerged from the stands showing him going at it with Eddie Howe.

Gordon was brought on as a substitute at half-time during the game, but was then substituted as they looked to hold on to the result in the 95th minute.

Instead of putting the team first though, Gordon refused to shake his manager’s hand as he left the pitch and had to be restrained as he looked to walk away from him.

It shows what Everton fans found out the hard way this season and the media didn’t want to report – Gordon only cares for himself and couldn’t care less about the team he is representing.

His true colours are finally coming to the shore, and Everton’s decision to get rid of him even without a replacement is justified. We’re closer to safety now without him and the spirit of the club is high again now that he’s gone.

Good riddance.