Chelsea are chasing Anthony Gordon in a huge deal that may leave Preston fans more than a little baffled.
North End have signed their fair share of underwhelming Premier League loanees over the years – and many have gone on to bigger and better things.
Andy Carroll springs to mind; a forgettable Preston loan before a £35million Liverpool transfer just years later.
Danny Welbeck, Josh King, Stephy Mavididi, Lukas Nmecha… the list truly goes on and on with young attackers failing to really shine at Preston before carving out impressive careers.
Anthony Gordon may now be the latest addition to that list, with the Everton talent seemingly wanted in a huge deal.
Chelsea are chasing Anthony Gordon
North End took Gordon on loan on deadline day back in February 2021.
Gordon joined on the same day as Liverpool loanee Sepp van den Berg and there was certainly more excitement for him than for the Dutchman.
Yet Van den Berg ended up becoming a fan favourite whilst Gordon was limited to flashes of quality without a consistent end product or run in the team.
Many will point fingers at Alex Neil here but the Scot was fighting for his job at the time and Gordon, whilst direct and exciting on the ball, wasn’t making a tangible impact in the final third.
It’s hard to put your trust in young players when the going gets tough and Gordon found that, starting just five games for Preston before heading back to Everton.
Gordon did shine last season though, bagging four goals and two assists in 35 Premier League outings for the Toffees.
What didn’t really click at Preston certainly did with Everton last season and Gordon could now make a huge move.
The London Evening Standard claim that Chelsea have offered a staggering £43million to sign Gordon.
Everton don’t want to sell but a fee approaching £50million for an exciting yet unproven player may just tempt them into selling.
It’s just over a year since Gordon’s disappointing Preston loan came to an end, yet he could now be making one of the biggest transfers of the summer – oh how things can change!