Rafa Benitez criticised Anthony Gordon’s mentality (Image: Getty)
Rafa Benitez says Anthony Gordon’s mentality held him again throughout his time at Everton and says the ahead ‘couldn’t run’ throughout a pre-season pleasant.
The 21-year-old is now a first-team common at Goodison Park, having made his debut for the membership in 2017.
Gordon’s rise has been speedy and the ahead was even the topic of curiosity from Chelsea final summer season, with the Blues eager on signing him.
Everton had been demanding round £60m for Gordon however the Toffees had been eager on protecting him and resisted decrease gives from Chelsea.
The asking value was astonishing, not least as a result of Gordon had struggled underneath Benitez simply 12 months in the past.
Gordon struggled underneath Benitez (Image: Getty)
The previous Liverpool boss solely had a brief stint with Gordon and observed the ahead’s means and potential.
However Benitez was lower than impressed with Gordon’s mentality and mentioned the ahead might barely final 50 minutes throughout a pre-season pleasant due to his lack of health.
‘We performed in Miami in pre-season and after 50 minutes he couldn’t run. We knew he was a participant with high quality on the ball, ending, passing, with tempo – however he couldn’t run,’ mentioned Benitez.
‘We had that dialog with him after the sport, it was scorching however a younger participant must be okay however he had points together with his stamina.
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‘I used to be speaking with the coaches within the academy and my assistants after which he went to Preston on mortgage. They mentioned we all know he has the expertise, however perhaps not the mentality.
‘The boy advised me, when he was within the nationwide group U19s he was top-of-the-line gamers, however he wasn’t going to the U21s as a result of they didn’t see how exhausting he labored.
‘He was assured that the best way he was coaching was working. He performed 12 video games in complete with us and he was doing nicely, I’m actually happy to see him progressing. He has to enhance some components of his recreation – he is aware of that.
‘We had been spending time with him, however the primary one was to alter his mentality, and he was very eager to do it. He was working so exhausting on the pitch that he was getting higher, as a result of he had the potential.’
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