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Everton can ditch Anthony Gordon for Samuel Chukwueze

Everton’s financial troubles have been painfully public for some time now, but their £60m sale of Richarlison in the summer saw them narrowly avoid FFP sanctions after years of financial misconduct.

This could have spurred Farhad Moshiri to become warier about sanctioning further deals, however, following that switch he allowed Frank Lampard to unload £67m on seven new permanent signings.

The same could happen again this January, underpinned by another potential big sale.

Anthony Gordon was subject to vast transfer interest throughout the summer, with a similar £60m fee touted and a £45m bid reportedly knocked back.

Tottenham Hotspur could pick up the pieces this January, as per the Daily Mail, paving the way for Lampard to ditch the 21-year-old starlet in favour of a rumoured move for Samuel Chukwueze.

Having failed in a deadline-day swoop for the Nigerian, the Toffees will join a list of suitors that include Unai Emery’s Aston Villa for the mercurial 23-year-old.

This season he already boasts five goals and six assists across all competitions for Villarreal, looking to demolish last season’s seven-goal and three-assist campaign.

The £31k-per-week wide man would offer far more than Gordon currently has done for his boyhood club, as he has scored just seven goals in 75 appearances at Goodison Park.

Bursting onto the scene, he quickly became a favourite as expectations grew. But with just one goal in his last nine Premier League games, he is beginning to cause unrest amongst fans of the Merseyside outfit.

Bringing in Chukwueze would surely freshen up a tired-looking selection of wide men, who combined have only managed eight goals across all competitions.

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1. Starting off, can you guess the career path of this former Everton star?

He ranks in the top 1% for dribbles completed and touches in the attacking penalty area of attacking midfielders and wingers in Europe’s big five leagues, as well as sitting in the top 6% for total shots, via FBref.

At the very least he would provide a dangerous and consistent goal threat, the likes of which have drawn praise from legendary forward and former Everton man Samuel Eto’o.

He said: “He is an incredible player who is growing in leaps and bounds and it’s just a matter of time”.

To swap out Gordon for this unrelenting offensive presence would be a stroke of genius from Moshiri, and could for once represent money well spent.