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Anthony Gordon lacked ‘mentality’ and ‘couldn’t run’ throughout pre-season pleasant, claims Rafa Benitez

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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 time, with the Blues eager on signing him.

Everton had been demanding round £60m for Gordon however the Toffees had been eager on retaining him and resisted decrease affords from Chelsea.

The asking worth was astonishing, not least as a result of Gordon had struggled beneath Benitez simply 12 months in the past.

Gordon struggled beneath Benitez (Image: Getty)

The previous Liverpool boss solely had a brief stint with Gordon and seen the ahead’s means and potential.

However Benitez was lower than impressed with Gordon’s mentality and mentioned the ahead may 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 needs to be okay however he had points along 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 possibly not the mentality. 

‘The boy advised me, when he was within the nationwide group U19s he was the most effective gamers, however he wasn’t going to the U21s as a result of they didn’t see how laborious 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 elements of his recreation – he is aware of that.

‘We had been spending time with him, however the principle one was to alter his mentality, and he was very eager to do it. He was working so laborious on the pitch that he was getting higher, as a result of he had the potential.’ 

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