Comparing Anthony Gordon’s stats to Chelsea’s current forwards

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Everton's Anthony Gordon playing in a Premier League game against Wolves. Goodison Park, 13th March 2022.

Chelsea have had a busy transfer window and are now trying to sign Anthony Gordon from Everton – but will he improve Thomas Tuchel’s squad? We’ve had a look at his stats to find out.

Gordon, who came through Everton’s academy, made his Premier League debut in January 2020 and spent the second half of 2020-21 on loan at Preston North End.

The 21-year-old then enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in 2021-22, cementing his place in the first team and winning the Everton Men’s Players’ Player of the Year award. 

“I’ve been really impressed,” Frank Lampard told Sky Sports in May when asked about how Gordon has risen to the challenge. “He’s becoming more of a man, more of a leader with every game, with every day. His dedication and talent is huge.

“His feeling for the club, to bring that across at such a young age is something pretty special. I love working with him, love him as a player.

“There are things he wants to improve and he can improve and that’s absolutely normal in terms of development. But what he’s doing for us at the minute, he’s an absolutely huge player.”

Chelsea, who have already spent over £150million on new signings this summer, made a £45nillion for Gordon but it was rejected by Everton.

According to The Daily Telegraph, the winger wants to join Chelsea this summer and they are expected to make another bid for him. But how does he compare to the options currently at Tuchel’s disposal?

We’ve taken a look at how Gordon’s stats in the Premier League last season stack up against the corresponding output of Raheem Sterling, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Note: we’ve also included Timo Werner’s stats for context as they play similar roles.

Goals
Raheem Sterling – 13
Kai Havertz – 8
Christian Pulisic – 6
Anthony Gordon – 4
Timo Werner – 4
Hakim Ziyech – 4
Callum Hudson-Odoi – 1

Assists
Raheem Sterling – 5
Hakim Ziyech – 3
Kai Havertz – 3
Anthony Gordon – 2
Christian Pulisic – 2
Callum Hudson-Odoi – 2
Timo Werner – 1

Minutes per goal
Raheem Sterling – 163.6
Kai Havertz – 227.0
Christian Pulisic – 214.3
Timo Werner – 321.5
Hakim Ziyech – 329.3
Anthony Gordon – 571.2
Callum Hudson-Odoi – 966.0

Minutes per goal or assist
Raheem Sterling – 118.1
Christian Pulisic – 160.8
Kai Havertz – 165.1
Hakim Ziyech – 188.1
Timo Werner – 257.2
Callum Hudson-Odoi – 322.0
Anthony Gordon – 380.8

Chances created per 90 minutes
Callum Hudson-Odoi – 2.3
Hakim Ziyech – 2.1
Raheem Sterling – 1.8
Anthony Gordon – 1.4
Christian Pulisic – 1.0
Kai Havertz – 1.0
Timo Werner – 0.6

Successful dribbles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Raheem Sterling – 2.2 (46.7%)
Hakim Ziyech – 1.9 (43.2%)
Christian Pulisic – 1.7 (42.5%)
Callum Hudson-Odoi – 1.5 (62.5%)
Anthony Gordon – 1.5 (46.8%)
Kai Havertz – 0.9 (42.9%)
Timo Werner – 0.7 (30.4%)

Passes per 90 minutes (passing accuracy)
Hakim Ziyech – 43.2 (81.2%)
Raheem Sterling – 34.7 (85.3%)
Callum Hudson-Odoi – 33.0 (85.3%)
Kai Havertz – 32.4 (81.3%)
Christian Pulisic – 30.6 (80.3%)
Timo Werner – 26.0 (78%)
Anthony Gordon – 24.1 (74.2%)

Shots per 90 minutes (inside the penalty area)
Hakim Ziyech – 3.6 (1.1)
Timo Werner – 3.1 (2.8)
Kai Havertz – 2.8 (2.4)
Raheem Sterling – 2.4 (1.4)
Christian Pulisic – 2.0 (1.5)
Callum Hudson-Odoi – 1.7 (1.6)
Anthony Gordon – 1.7 (1.0)


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