Everton manager Frank Lampard has maintained that Chelsea target Anthony Gordon will be an Everton player come the end of the season.
Lampard has also sounded out a stern warning to the young winger that he shouldn’t dare try to force a move away from Goodison Park by sitting out games, else he’d see a different side of the gaffer.
“Anthony wouldn’t, shouldn’t, couldn’t do that with me,” Lampard told BT Sport.
“If he did try and sit out a game he’d see a different side to me. No doubt about that and I think he knows that.
“I’m not playing the hard one, it’s just that it would be so alien from what I’d expect from him. I just know that’s not him.
“At the same time he’s not a robot and all this attention is difficult. I understand that, I was that ambitious young player.
“That’s the beauty of Anthony. Hard-working. He wants to be better. He wants to do what he did (on Saturday), which is score goals, run for this team, and that’s why he’s a delight to work with. So there was never any idea that Anthony would act that way.
“I played three-and-a-half, four seasons for West Ham, so there’s my answer for Anthony. He’s played one for us.
“He’s in the squad Tuesday for sure. His character’s great. He’s in the squad. He’s a huge player for us.
“We’re getting towards the end of the window now and Anthony’s a huge player for us and will be this season.”