Pundit questions ‘crazy’ wage demand as Premier League star asks for £100,000-a-week contract

Ben Stewart
Anthony Gordon of Everton takes on Darwin Nunez of Liverpool

Gabby Agbonlahor has questioned whether Everton’s Anthony Gordon is worthy of a £100,000-a-week contract amid reports of a new deal.

Everton are currently in negotiations with Gordon as they hope to tie him down to a new deal. His current contract with Everton runs until the summer of 2025.

Gordon was at the centre of plenty of interest in the summer as Chelsea in particular pushed for a move. In the end, nothing materialised and Everton were able to keep hold of the 21-year-old.

Everton are keen to tie Gordon down to a new long-term contract, but reports have claimed that talks have stalled.

Reports have suggested that Gordon and his camp are demanding wages of around £100,000-a-week.

Everton rejected a bid of worth up to £60million from Chelsea in the summer and so Gordon is looking for a contract which matches his perceived value.

So far this season the winger has scored two goals in 10 appearances for the Toffees.

Pundit questions wage demands

Former Aston Villa forward Agbonlahor hasn’t held back when it comes to the reported wage demands of Gordon.

Speaking to Football Insider he explained: “This is the problem with football at the moment. These crazy contracts are being thrown out to players that haven’t done enough.

“How many goals does he have in the Premier League? How many assists has he got?

“Because he’s had some good games where he shows energy and commitment, is that enough for £100,000-a-week? I don’t think it is.

“Football is a bit crazy now. Footballers are being average and getting these crazy contracts.

“Everton will look at and think that because they want to keep him and other teams are after him, they’ve got no choice.”

Gordon is a popular figure at Goodison Park, but his reported wage demands could rock the boat.

The 21-year-old has started in nine Premier League matches this season and has been a crucial player under Frank Lampard.

The winger is best known for his relentless work rate and energy from wide areas.

Everton need a spark

Having lost their last three matches, Everton now find themselves just one point off the relegation zone.

Lampard’s side have struggled to consistently hit the back of the net this season as they have only scored eight goals so far.

Everton were unable to score in midweek as Newcastle edged past them 1-0.

Lampard will be hopeful that the returning Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be able to spark Everton into life before the World Cup break.

The Toffees have averaged 10.2 shots per game, which is the third-fewest in the Premier League.

Everton ran into similar goalscoring issues throughout last season, but they then had Richarlison to get them out of jail.

The start to the season has by no means been a disaster for Lampard’s side, but they will be nervously looking over their shoulder.

So far they have averaged 0.9 points per game and are projected to finish with 34 points. For context, they finished with 39 points last season and finished in 16th.

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