21-year-old Antony Gordon had an impressive 2021/2022 season despite Everton’s struggles with relegation. The winger received praises for his performances last season, and has continued to impress this season.
His performances led to interest from a number of teams as Chelsea led the charge with a mind-blowing £60m bid. Despite his obvious talent, many believed the Blues offered too much for the young Englishman.
When asked about the approach from Chelsea, Antony Gordon said:
“That’s football nowadays – it’s absolutely crazy. Personally, I don’t think any player is worth that amount of money but I’m also not going to talk myself down.
“The money in football, that’s just how it is nowadays. You’re also paying for potential all the time these days. That’s just how football goes.
“I wasn’t too focused on that because I can only control what I can control. I think the minute you do that (thinking he is a £60m player), there’s only one way you’re going to go.
“You need to stay humble. You need to focus on today and tomorrow and don’t look too far into the future.
“That’s part and parcel of football. When you’re doing well, there’s always going to be that speculation.
“But because the place (Everton) is so good, it’s not a place where I’m devastated because I have to stay. That’s never been the case. I was never desperate to leave Everton. It was definitely not the case.”
Speaking earlier in the month, former Premier League defender Alan Hutton pointed out the merits of the failed move for the player.
“I always thought, the players that Chelsea have, especially wingers, they’ve got so many.
“They’ve got [Hakim] Ziyech, [Christian] Pulisic, players who aren’t really playing, that are just sitting there waiting.
“Gordon I think is a great player, but he only burst onto the scene last season. His goals and assists aren’t great, he’s got the potential to up those numbers. His energy, his enthusiasm for the game, there’s a lot of positives there.
“At this moment in time I just don’t think that’s what Chelsea needed to be spending £60m on. That’s no slight on Anthony Gordon, he’s a fantastic player and he’ll only get better.
“Staying where he is at this moment in time, he’s only going to get better.”