When Preston signed Anthony Gordon, fans were hugely excited.
The Everton talent had shown real promise in the Premier League, and having beaten a number of Championship clubs to his loan signing, this was a huge coup for North End.
We’ve seen Gordon’s quality; he’s direct, he loves to take on a defender, and he looks like he has the class to produce moments of magic.
North End may have been hoping that a six-month loan deal could lead to a season-long loan move for Gordon next season, but there’s surely no chance now.
Gordon hasn’t started a league game for Preston since the 1-0 defeat to Luton Town – the final game of the Alex Neil era – more than a month ago.
Gordon hasn’t featured at all since the 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Brentford, and has played just twice under Frankie McAvoy.
He has somewhat suffered from McAvoy playing a 3-4-1-2, with Gordon not having a clearly defined role in that system; he could be tried as a number 10, but it’s not his natural role.
Gordon needs playing time to maximise his potential and aid his development. Right now, it’s not coming with Preston.
Everton have to be pretty annoyed at how little Gordon is playing at the moment, and may prefer not to send him back to Deepdale next season as a result of his inaction of late.