The Lowdown: New Chelsea bid
As per Football Insider, Chelsea are ready to increase their bid for Gordon to £50m, after the Goodison Park outfit previously rejected a bid of £40m for the winger.
Should they accept, Gordon would follow Dele Alli through the exit doors at Merseyside, with the latter set to join Turkish outfit Besiktas.
The Latest: McLeish reacts
Speaking to Football Insider, McLeish has given his reaction to the news, claiming that losing Gordon would be ‘horrendous’:
“It would be a horrendous loss.
“It would leave Everton destitute in regards to quality young players. He is only going to get better. The question is how they spend this £50million?
“Who do they bring in? If Frank is given that money to spend, nowadays you are not going to get a world superstar for that kind of money.
“It’s a lot of money, you could get a very good English player who could steady the ship a wee bit.
“But you take the Anthony Gordon money, do you spend it on replacing him or one another area of the squad where you need to strengthen?
“We’ll wait and see if that happens and if Frank has a strategy.”
The Verdict: Hard to replace
In truth, Gordon would be very difficult to replace should he make the move to Stamford Bridge.
Last season, he only missed three Premier League games for the Toffees, scoring four goals and making two assists, while he also earned two man-of-the-match awards and ranked highly among his teammates in terms of average shots, key passes and dribbles per match (WhoScored).
Nonetheless, given that Frank Lampard’s team still need to sign a striker after the injury to Dominic Calvert-Lewin and the sale of Richarlison to Tottenham Hotspur, selling Gordon as well would leave them awfully short in attacking areas, and £50m may not be enough to bring in the adequate replacements needed in order to plug in the gaps.
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