Everton give Gordon No 10 shirt in strong statement

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Everton Academy graduate Anthony Gordon, who wore the Number 24 shirt last season, has now been handed the club's Number 10, suggesting he will remain on Merseyside and figure prominently under Frank Lampard in the upcoming Premier League campaign.

The winger follows in the footsteps of the likes of Gary Speed, Duncan Ferguson, Romelu Lukaku and Wayne Rooney in sporting the Everton Number 10 shirt.

The move — coming as it does when Gordon's future has been steeped in media speculation with persistent interest claimed from both Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur — is being interpreted as a strong statement by the club who are intent on retaining his registration.

Everton unveiled Gordon's new shirt number in a video shared to social media:


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Larry O'Hara
1 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Excellent news…
Alan J Thompson
2 Posted 12/07/2022 at
We've changed the number on the back of one of the shirts and given the third choice keeper a contract extension...

There's no news like errr... no news.

Danny O’Neill
3 Posted 12/07/2022 at
The transfer activity (or lack of), is becoming an increasing concern. It feels like a Moyes era summer. Rabbit out of the magician's hat with 2 minutes to spare on deadline day.

But good news as this sends a signal that Anthony Gordon is staying given the recent speculation.

Brian Murray
4 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Frank is fiercely ambitious and won’t settle for having no support. Got a bad feeling he will walk away and the crocky lad will make a tearful reunion back here.
Lee Courtliff
5 Posted 12/07/2022 at
I'd like to see Iwobi given the No 8 shirt as a sign that he will be played as midfielder and not wasted on the wing. But this is good news for both us and Anthony, let's hope he lives up to the billing.
Jim Bennings
6 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Too much expectation already being heaped on Anthony Gordon.

If you look at his numbers last season for an attacking player they are poor compared to what the sides above us have.

He's got loads of potential, we know that, but we've been in this boat before haven't we?

It's almost like we've made him out as this world class super talent before he's even hit the ground. He's not coming off the back of an Andrei Kanchelskis season of 16 goals from the wing for heaven's sake.

Let's see where he can go this season but not expect too much and then start killing him dead once he's not where everyone has placed him in their own heads.

Robert Tressell
7 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Jim @ 6, his numbers actually compare pretty well to peer group of Sancho, Olise, Hudson-Odoi, Eze and McNeil.

Admittedly, Mount, Rowe-Smith, Foden, Barnes and Saka are ahead.

However, that lot are playing in miles better teams - and Mount and Barnes have played a lot more football.

We should be very ambitious for Gordon.

Steve Shave
8 Posted 12/07/2022 at
For the club to release this information like a new signing is just plain embarrassing. The silence regarding transfers is deafening as usual.
Jeff Armstrong
9 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Posts 2&8, spot on.
Peter McEvoy
10 Posted 12/07/2022 at
This will not prove to be a popular post but I think Anthony Gordon is vastly over-rated. Yes, he gives 100% but he flatters to deceive; his final ball is very poor and his goal return is also poor.

Gordon also stated he wanted to go to Spurs; we should have let him go. He is nowhere near good enough to be given the Number 10 shirt.

Tony Everan
11 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Great news, it's means he is staying, one of our best players in an extremely difficult 2021-22 season, especially so for a young lad.

There's no doubt his end product will improve, he is still learning the game. I'm sure he will listen and take on board advice from Frank and the coaches. He can only get better.

Beyond the stats, what impresses me most is Anthony Gordon's willingness to take responsibility. He wants to make things happen, he's proactive and goes for it. He is brave and committed when he has the ball and challenges the defender with a bit of skill or a rapid burst of pace. He is never overawed and fights for Everton every game; these are qualities that often money can't buy. The passion radiates to his teammates and inspires supporters.

There's trepidation for the new season but one of the things I am looking forward to is seeing if Anthony can take his game to the next level with regards to primarily more assists and more goals too; I'm confident he will.

It will be more likely to happen with a stronger midfield backing him up. His progress is directly related to our central midfield being effective and it is the club's responsibility to the likes of Gordon and Calvert-Lewin to get a fast, quality young fighter of a defensive central midfielder asap.

Broja, and Gibbs-White will both be excellent signings... if they happen. But the big priority for the team functioning is the defensive central midfielder.

Mark Taylor
12 Posted 12/07/2022 at
I'm with Alan 2 on this. It's not as though we are back to shopping at Aldi, after all... you can get some decent stuff there at a fair price. More that we are likely to have to rely on what's in the cupboard and some of that looks like it's past its sell-by date...
Pat Kelly
13 Posted 12/07/2022 at
We're backing him so hopefully he gains confidence and delivers this season.
Rob Dolby
14 Posted 12/07/2022 at
I like Gordon and his improvement over the course of the season was down to workrate. Number 10 may keep him at the club and boost his price in a year or two.

I think his quality will improve the more he plays. It would also help if he had better players around him.

My one big doubt about him is his stamina. He reminds me a lot of Gerard Deulofeu or Pat Nevin. At 21, I don't think his fitness and stamina is going to get better. In lots of games last season, after 65 mins, he was dead on his feet.

Danny O’Neill
15 Posted 12/07/2022 at
He grew into last season, Peter, and progressively got better to the point he was clearly being targeted by opposition players.

He developed a lot. He's got skill, but what I like about him is his change of pace to beat a player.

Yes, his end product can improve, but he's still relatively young. That can be coached and developed.

I'm no Mystic Meg (for those who remember), but I did suggest last season that, over time, I could see him becoming more of a Number 10 than a wide player.

Mike Hayes
16 Posted 12/07/2022 at
More smoke and mirrors...

Natives are restless and demonstrating at Finch Farm for Moshiri and Kenwright to go, so let's throw some shite out. 🤷

Typical. 🙄

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
17 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Why do we also persist in the football only started in 1992 and the Premier League.

Everton No 10s also include Paul Bracewell, Roy Vernon and John Hurst in just my lifetime. The list above and on the official site dredges up names who will long be forgotten and are in no way legends of our great club.

Peter Mills
18 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Not to forget Colin Harvey, Phil#17, before he took the No. 6 shirt.

Seems to be this is just a little bit of a reward for Anthony, a psychological boost after his efforts last season. If anything he was trying too hard at times, which may have had an impact on his decision-making.

He has developed well, let’s hope he continues to progress.

Danny O’Neill
19 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Paul Bracewell.

Now you're talking Phil.

Shame his career was cut short. A graceful midfielder who complemented Peter Reid.

They complemented each other.

Francis van Lierop
20 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Excellent news [2]
Jim Bennings
21 Posted 12/07/2022 at
What would constitute as an improved season for Gordon next season?

Probably 7 or 8 goals.

More consistent end product, passing/crosses.

If he remains on setpieces then hopefully he works on that aspect in training also, some in the early part of last season were decent from him, but not so good in the latter part, in fact they were awful.

I think the end of 22-23 season will give us more knowledge of what he's capable of.

Joe McMahon
22 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Fully agree, Jim. The end product requires work. However, personally, I'd like to see Mykolenko on free kicks, if not Townsend.
Mike Gaynes
23 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Jim and Peter, this statement is based less on what Gordon is and more on what his manager expects him to be. His rate of improvement last season at age 20 was stunning. If he improves half that much at 21, he'll be worth that shirt and then some.

And this is a signal that that's exactly what Frank expects.

Shane Corcoran
25 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Peter #10, Gordon stated he wanted to go to Spurs?

Where and when?

David White
26 Posted 12/07/2022 at
With you there, Shane!! I've not heard Gordon say that. In fact, I heard him say why would he leave Everton when he's living the dream?

I just hope he's given time. This will be a massive season for him now as teams are aware what he can do. We need to support him as he will still make mistakes.

The crowd were always behind him, even when he put in 4 shit corners, because they see the effort he puts in. We have all seen young lads suffer if they don't kick on… so many in past we have thought to be world beaters but didn't.

If he can add that bit of composure and consistency to his play, combined with bulking up a bit to hold off the challenges that he's going to get, I think he can be really good for us. He needs to be allowed to make mistakes.

I'd like a few other young lads in to see what they can do. Broadhead would be the one I'm thinking.

Gordon got his chance and we have a player for free.

If Broadhead comes on and is better than Rondon, then hey, no-lose situation cos Rondon offers nothing!

Colin Malone
27 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Good player and I hope he improves. But not exactly a magician with the ball.

I agree, David #26. Broadhead knows where the onion bag is. I personally can see a Robbie Fowler type player in Broadhead.

Bill Gall
28 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Gordon is a player for the future when we get a more balanced team, he is not a Rooney. It has taken him longer to build up his physique for the Premier League.

To sell a promising young player after his first full season in the Premier League, just because you get a good fee, is poor management. You will have to replace a player with potential with someone else that is better through a transfer that you hope will be an improvement.

We have enough poor players we have to try to get transferred out without losing promising young players. This season will show how Gordon will turn out as, last season, the target from the opposition was Richarlison; this season, Premier League clubs will be aware of the danger Gordon can bring.

More of my crying, improve the midfield!!! – that is the main priority.

Michael Kenrick
29 Posted 12/07/2022 at
In his short Everton career, this is no less than his 5th shirt number, with the one constant being them dropping in numerical value each time.

This is it now, Anthony. You are now a primary component of the starting XI.

This shirt number thing, Phill, is yet another one of these Ancient vs Modern issues in footy today. Either you look at the team and say they should wear 1-11, like Dixie Dean had them doing back in 1933 (although I find it a fun fact that Man City wore 12-22 in that FA Cup final – just so there'd be no confusion... where's that old bloke when ya need him?) or you embrace the modern meme of a player having a unique shirt number... for the season, or several seasons... or his entire career.

I'm okay with it. I think it gives each player an identity (very woke!) of their own to promote and live up to. Just so long as we never, ever go down that ridiculous Yankee road of "retiring the shirt" – Just say No!

Jonathan Oppenheimer
30 Posted 12/07/2022 at
I love this move and I think it's exactly the kind of news we should be getting behind.

Of course everyone would love to see some incomings announced instead, but not at the cost of overpaying since other teams know we're desperate. We can all moan about the lack of transfers come August if it comes to pass but, given a good season for us is mid-table, we may find that a few shrewd cheaper signings to bulk up the midfield and attack are actually what we need if Lampard believes that bedding in younger players can allow us to take that step up this season.

It seems to me Lampard might need a pre-season to see where Dobbin, Broadhead, Warrington and others stand before making some knee-jerk move now that does nothing for us in the long-term. In the meantime, sending a strong signal with the No 10 shirt that this is now Gordon's (and Calvert-Lewin's) team when it comes to attack and goals and passion and heart, sends the right message to the squad and supporters.

Let's not forget that Anthony Gordon — and maybe James Tarkowski now, too, along with Jordan Pickford and Dominic Calvert-Lewin — is absolutely the heart of this team now that Richarlison is gone.

Ajay Gopal
31 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Your post is like a breath of fresh air, Jonathan (30). This can be nothing other than a positive development.

I also believe that Tom Davies is underrated by fans, and although he has more than 100 appearances, he has never had a consistent run in the team. I hope he gets that opportunity under Frank Lampard, but Tom needs to earn that by performing in training and whenever he gets a chance to play.

Davies, Gbamin (if he is fully fit) and Doucoure or Allan could be a decent midfield. But we would be much better if we can land someone like Loftus-Cheek to provide the drive and experience.

Justin Doone
32 Posted 12/07/2022 at
For me it's just a number.

I understand others prefer to look back and may hold the 1 to 11 numbers in higher regard, but I couldn't care less.

It may point to the fact we are not shopping for another forward or striker but, regardless of numbers, we need a couple of quality midfielders.

Everyone else needs to stay fit to compete for places or be sold if not good enough.

Sean Roe
33 Posted 12/07/2022 at
I couldn't care less what shirt number he wears on his back. This lad will give 100% every time he pulls on the shirt and that's good enough for me.

He is young, he will frustrate us at times this season but the talent and attitude are there.

Dale Self
34 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Gordon seems old school as fuck so there is some significance to this. He doesn't have the touch of a No 10 but, if he improves his first touch, he will still be able to create that angle that he needs to beat the man.

Without Richarlison, he becomes crucial to our getting forward without paying for it when we turn it over. Should he find a couple of goals, he could really be a good voice in the locker room and a linchpin to some success in fielding some local lads.

Jonathan Oppenheimer
35 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Ajay (28), interesting you point out Davies, because in many ways he's the forgotten man. Few still give Gbamin a chance anymore — except maybe Mike Gaynes — but Davies not only rarely has gotten a consistent run, but it's unclear exactly what his best position would be.

It's hard for me to see that we have enough tenacity in defensive midfield, given that Allan's legs just seem a bit old, nor creativity unless Iwobi and Dele become much more consistent. There's just not enough calmness on the ball, nor a good enough first touch among the people you listed from what we've seen the past few years. We see glimpses, but they're just that.

So yes, Davies, Allan, Doucouré, Iwobi, Dele, all on their day make for some solid mid-table midfielders, but the knock on all of them — and rightfully so — is that they're all massively inconsistent. I'm skeptical Davies can show us that consistency, but I still love the guy — always have since that first goal against Man City.

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
36 Posted 12/07/2022 at
The bigger news will be what shirt number will Dele Alli get?

#36? He wore #20 at Spurs and that is available.

What do we think? If he gets it, he is staying. If he stays with #36 he is going?

Interesting comment about Tom Davies. First game was May 2016 when Unsy took over from Bobby Brown Shoes. He has never had more than 7 starts in a row since the start of the 2017 season. That first Koeman season, when still only a teenager, he played 18 of the last 19 games of the season. Why?

Koeman went off him? Allardyce didn't fancy him? Marco Silva not impressed? Same for Carlo Magnifico? And he was injured for Rafa Benitez. Were they all wrong?

Bernie Quinn
37 Posted 12/07/2022 at
I am very pleased for Anthony but we still need two midfielders and a forward. Then I think we will look competitive. But – the clock is ticking!
Shane Corcoran
38 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Davies showed some really good form around the Anfield derby win, if my memory is correct, but I thought he was very poor last season when he got a run.

Shane Corcoran
39 Posted 12/07/2022 at
Michael, you might be interested to know that we, on the very rare occasion, retire a jersey in GAA upon the death of a player.

I think it might have happened twice where a player suffered an injury in a match from which he died.

Andrew Keatley
40 Posted 12/07/2022 at
I think that anyone who dismisses this news as perfunctory – either for the club or for Anthony Gordon – isn't quite aware of how much shirt numbers can matter to players and to the commercial side of things.

Premier League football is a business, and shirt sales matter. Players, clubs and agents all want to look at ways of building a brand – whether it just be a social media handle, or a full-on clothing line, or anything in between – so for Anthony Gordon this is an exciting endorsement from the club.

And for players, there is something very special about getting to wear your desired number. It says something about your status – and about the responsibility you hold for your team – and the Number 10 shirt is one of the most highly sought after, so seeing a homegrown talent like Anthony Gordon wear it will be terrific.

On top of that, this news also serves as a statement to other clubs and our fans about Anthony Gordon – ie, "hands off, he's ours" - and that is music to my ears at this point. And probably to Anthony Gordon's lovely lugholes too.

Giving him the Number 10 shirt is significant recognition of Gordon's achievements last season, when he stepped up from promising academy prospect to vital first-team member. At a time when it looks like we're losing a good prospect in Emilio Lawrence, and following Thierry Small's departure, the message this sends out to youngsters in the academy is very positive.

Tom Bowers
41 Posted 12/07/2022 at
I may be wrong but I see a confidence and ability about Gordon that can only get better. Getting the Number 10 shirt may be a big boost for him.

Our problem at the moment is who will score the goals.

We need to avoid losing a lot less games next season and they say offence is the best form of defence but we may have to rely on more resolute defending to get those better results.

Whilst it was no surprise to lose against the likes of Man City and Liverpool, losing at home to teams like Watford was unacceptable and that has to change.

Bill Watson
42 Posted 13/07/2022 at
Tom #41.

Our biggest bugbear was being unable to hold out for, or recover for, a draw.

We lost far too many games we should have got something from.

Ed Prytherch
43 Posted 13/07/2022 at
It is too easy to pick faults with young players. As Mike Gaynes and others wrote, Anthony improved massively last season and, if he continues to improve each season, he will become a top player.
Kieran Kinsella
44 Posted 13/07/2022 at
I'm a bit anxious about Gordon next season in the sense that he came from nowhere last year and earned deserved plaudits. Now, with the Number 10 shirt, expectations will be higher.

I'd say remember Aaron Ramsey in his second season if any on here start to get frustrated if he doesn't blow it out of the park right off the bat. He's a good player, a good lad, on a minimal wage until now.

Yes, we expect…but let's not get carried away and turn on him if he doesn't hit the heights right away. He's got credit in the bank so let's be patient with him, ladies and gents.

Jerome Shields
45 Posted 13/07/2022 at
A lot going to be expected of him in a below-average team. Everton need to be working on upgrading the team with teammates that he can play at his optimum with.
Danny O’Neill
46 Posted 13/07/2022 at
We do have to be conscious that, on the back of a season of such progression, Anthony could suffer a dip, as young players usually do.

He played in a team with a lot of weight on its shoulders in an often toxic atmosphere on and off the pitch. But being a relatively unknown to many and with little expectation, he was able to play without fear. He just focussed on his football.

Now there is expectation, there will inevitably be more scrutiny on him.

Criticise him for individual performances – I did with the likes of Tom Davies. But don't crucify the player and hound him out of Goodison Park on that basis. Look at the potential.

There will come a point when we, and more importantly the manager & coaches, will know if he's got it or not to be where we want to be.

My instinct is that he has. And the Tottenham and Newcastle rumours as well as the less-founded City ones back that up. People are watching him. People like Eddie Howe, Conte and potentially Pep. They know more than me.

He'll make mistakes, but he's an exciting player to watch. Give him time, give him patience. Let the potential develop.

He's an Everton player. And I don't mean that contractually. He's an Evertonian type of player.

John McFarlane Snr
47 Posted 13/07/2022 at
Michael Kenrick [29] you are correct in stating that 'This shirt number thing is yet another one of these modern issues in footy today'. Numbered football shirts were used in League matches for the first time on 25 August 1928, and stood the test of time, until squad numbering came into the game.

I trust that you have some success in tracing the unidentified 'Old Bloke' that you seek in your hour of need.

Brian Murray
48 Posted 13/07/2022 at
I'm sure the 1933 FA Cup Final, Everton vs Man City, was the first to use 1 to 22 on the back of the team shirts… although maybe that was the first in a Cup Final, John Mc, so I'll bow to your superior knowledge on that.
John McFarlane Snr
49 Posted 13/07/2022 at
Hi Brian [48],

In the 1933 FA Cup Final, Everton were numbered from 1-11 and Manchester City from 12-22. This was the first time that numbered shirts were worn in an FA Cup Final and, as I wrote in my previous post, League teams were wearing numbered shirts 5years earlier (1928).

Stephen Vincent
50 Posted 13/07/2022 at
John Snr #49,

I bow to your superior knowledge, but I seem to remember my Grandad telling me that he was at the first game to be played with numbered shirts and that was in 1914, just before the outbreak of war.

He was in the Royal Signals and had been posted to London. He went to a game at Stamford Bridge between The Wanderers and the Corinthian Casuals. (The Wanderers were the equivalent of The Barbarians in rugby.)

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
51 Posted 13/07/2022 at
Shane #39 - memory fail.

Davies was out for most of last season. Started twice - Watford (h) and Arsenal (a) and 3 sub appearances and the rest of the time he was injured.

Mike Gaynes
52 Posted 13/07/2022 at
Phil #51, you are correct of course.

Interesting statistic re Tom: In the last three league games he has started -- all at DM -- we have lost by a combined score of 15-3.

Dave Abrahams
53 Posted 13/07/2022 at
Mike (52), a bit unfair on Tom Davies those stats, he must have had another ten players starting with him in those games!!
Dave Abrahams
54 Posted 13/07/2022 at
John (47), it depends on how you define the start of shirts getting numbered for the first time, as you say Arsenal were the first team to wear football shirts with numbers on in 1928, the team they played, Sheffield Wednesday, had no numbers on their shirts, Chelsea played away in the second division on the same day with numbers on their back, their opponents didn't.

Shirt numbering officially began at the start of the 1939 season but didn't last very long, I don't think Mr Hitler liked them.

Most probably the start of the 1946 season was when they were then carried with shirts numbered, it was different in Scotland were shirt numbering was not compulsory and in fact Celtic never numbered their shirts until 1960.

Everton versus Man City was the first game when both teams wore numbered shirts in the 1933 FA Cup Final.

Of course it might just be which records you read on the wearing of numbered shirts.

Shane Corcoran
55 Posted 13/07/2022 at
Phil #51, I’m not sure it is a memory fail.

I think I remember him playing poorly last season even if it was only six games.

Paul Birmingham
56 Posted 13/07/2022 at
For me, it's the only decisive statement of intent from Everton this pre-season in terms of the squad, build, and no disrespect to taking in a Tarkowski on a free, shrewd business in the all considered economic challenge at EFC, in terms of transfers.

Hopefully Anthony Gordon can kick on and grow and fight his way to the peak of his ability these next couple of seasons at Everton.

Being linked with Wreck it Ralf, as I call him, Adama Traore, with a poor end product, based on a season-on-season parity over the last few years at Wolves, for me, is going over the cycle of buying poor players and thus increasing the expectation on the team. Firing blanks?

So with Thelwell's introduction, was the existing global scouting team maintained, canned or rebuilt?

Less than 4 weeks to Chelsea, and the squad is far weaker than it finished last season in terms of players, and looking at the impact of the World Cup on next season for all teams, it's looking a very tough season ahead.

The Goodison faithful will bleed Blue to see Everton to victory, home and away, but a threadbare squad could be the undermining of this season.

Hope eternal.

Ian Riley
57 Posted 14/07/2022 at
I can only see positives! No pressure lad! Our midfield feeding you, 25 goals coming your way!

Give me strength! The squad is Bottom 6 at best. He would excel with more quality players around him. Patience from us is key as the lad is learning his trade. With expectations high, confidence can go quickly.

If we make no further signings, then staying up will be an achievement. We will probably make 3 signings on transfer deadline day.

Sadly we come into the season with no form from last season. New players give hope, competition, and hunger to improve to the rest of the squad! Still, 4 weeks to bring some players in!

Stay positive all!

Don Alexander
58 Posted 14/07/2022 at
Ian, you said it, bob-on!

Never mind mindless optimism, those in charge have long since made next season a fight for survival at best.

Anything better should get Frank the Manager of the Year award given the years-long gross negligence above him.

Danny O’Neill
59 Posted 14/07/2022 at
I must be mindless Ian & Don.

In fact, I confess to being so. I must be.

I'm not having another staying up as an achievement.

I know you don't want that either and are probably being more realistic than me, but I can't have that.

Europe. League Cup. I'm now going to add our Number 10 scoring the winner.

I think the hot weather might be getting to me.

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