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Pundit urges Anthony Gordon to consider one key factor before penning new deal with Everton

Ben Stewart
Frank Lampard and Anthony Gordon of Everton

Recent reports have claimed that Everton are close to striking a new deal for Anthony Gordon, but Noel Whelan has urged him to consider a key factor.

Gordon has been at the centre of plenty of transfer speculation this year and a new deal would be a welcomed boost for Everton heading into January.

The winger had a good season in 2021-22 and this saw Chelsea come in for his services. They submitted a £45million proposal for him, which Everton knocked back.

This season he has been a regular for Frank Lampard’s side and has started in 11 Premier League matches. He has scored three goals and continues to draw interest from fellow Premier League clubs.

Former Leeds United forward Whelan thinks that the new deal is a good idea as long as Gordon has considered one crucial factor.

The pundit told Football Insider: “I would like to think there is a buyout clause in there. That would cover his back and allow him to get that move a lot easier when teams come calling again.

“Everton could use it to get the fee they want, as well. No one’s going to come in during the January window. But if Everton are struggling still by the start of next season, this contract is going to mean very little.

“The raise in pay will keep him happy for now, but it’s now down to the player to go out and put in the performances which really impress big sides like Chelsea and Tottenham.

“The new contract is good for all parties, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him leave very soon.”

Everton still have work to do

While the news of a new deal for Gordon will be a welcomed boost for Everton fans, they will be well aware that there is still plenty of work to do.

Lampard’s side currently sit 17th in the table and are just one point above the relegation zone. Their major problem all season has been scoring goals.

Everton have scored just 11 league goals this season at an average of 0.73. If they were to continue on their current trajectory they would only score 27 goals all season.

Prior to the international break, Everton were well beaten by Bournemouth as they lost 3-0 in what proved to be a disastrous afternoon.

Lampard recognises the frustration in the fan base at the moment and told reporters after the match: “The fans have a right to be disappointed because they’ve come down here twice this week and seen poor performances and before that we’ve been going OK. And then they see that there are performances that they don’t like.

“So when they see after Palace – and we can see that they gave us a welcome – they have to voice their opinion. And their opinions were right today.

“The players have to respect that the fans have a right to voice their opinions – and again they were right today.”

Everton fans will be hoping to see an improvement on the pitch when they return to action. Next up for Everton is a game against fellow strugglers Wolves at Goodison Park.

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