Frank Lampard’s adamant Anthony Gordon won’t refuse to play for Everton

Frank Lampard has warned Chelsea target Anthony Gordon would “see a different side to me” if the winger refused to play for Everton.

Gordon’s future remains unclear as Chelsea are expected to make another improved offer for the 21-year-old before Thursday’s transfer deadline after a second offer reportedly worth £45million was rejected.

Absent from Leicester’s squad due to interest from Chelsea and Wolves’ Willy Boly, Wesley Fofana refused to play against Newcastle at the weekend in a bid to force an exit, but Lampard insisted it was not Gordon’s style.

The Everton boss said: “Anthony wouldn’t, shouldn’t, couldn’t do that to me. If he tried to sit out a game, he would see a different side of me. There’s no doubt about it and I think he knows it.

“I’m not playing tough, it would just be so alien to what I would expect him to do. All I know is that it’s not him.

“At the same time, he’s not a robot and all that attention is difficult. I understand that, I was this ambitious young player.

“That’s the beauty of Anthony. Hard working. He wants to get 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 pleasure to work with. So it was never an idea that Anthony would act like that.”

Frank Lampard remains hopeful Anthony Gordon will still be an Everton player when the transfer window closes on Thursday (John Walton/PA)

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When reminded he’d found himself in a similar situation as a young player before joining Chelsea from West Ham in 2001, Lampard added: “Yeah, and I’ve played three and a half, four seasons for West Ham so I’ve I mean answer for Anton. He played one for us.”

Lampard remains hopeful of retaining one of his prized assets, which is expected to start in Tuesday night’s Premier League game at Leeds.

Liverpool-born Gordon, who graduated from Everton academy, scored his first goal of the season in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Brentford and was a standout player.

“He’s definitely in the squad for Tuesday,” said Lampard. “His character is great. He’s in the squad.

“He’s a great player for us. We are now approaching the end of the window and Anthony is a big player for us and will be this season.

Striker Neal Maupay could make his Everton debut at Elland Road after the Frenchman signed from Brighton for an undisclosed fee on Friday.

Lampard added: “We’ll see where he is but I’m pretty sure he’ll be included in the squad.”

Mason Holgate will not feature and is expected to be out for several weeks after suffering a knee injury at Brentford.

Tom Davies appeared off the bench on Saturday after recovering from a groin strain but Dominic Calvert-Lewin (knee) and Abdoulaye Doucoure (hamstring) are still missing.

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