Anthony Gordon has been described as a ‘rat’ for leaving Everton in the relegation zone, after his move to Newcastle United was confirmed.

Childhood Everton fan Gordon was confirmed as a Newcastle player at the weekend, after joining the Toffees at the age of just 11.

The forward was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea last summer, with the Blues reportedly willing to offer as much as £60 million for the 21-year-old, but Everton stood strong.

However, they couldn’t keep him at Goodison Park after a season that has seen them slip back into the relegation zone, after just staying up last season, and led to fan protests.

Clearly the club were not happy with his decision to leave Goodison Park, with their blunt farewell message the very personification of the Kirk van Houten ‘so that’s it after 20 years, goodbye and goodluck’ meme.

Now former Crystal Palace owner Jordan has joined in the criticism of the player’s decision to leave, calling him a ‘rat’ and saying he hopes Gordon gets ‘what he deserves.

“I don’t like the way he’s behaved towards Everton Football Club,” Jordan said on talkSPORT.

“I can understand that everybody like rats wants to desert a sinking ship but you’re supposed to be able to help that football club, not disadvantage it by your behaviour and I hope he gets what he deserves. Reaps what he sows.

“Everton have given him an opportunity. I mean Danny Murphy, and I have to listen to the players who know far more about the ability of players than I do, he thinks he’s a top top player and he thinks he’s going to be a top top player.

“But I think he still has a lot to prove and ultimately Everton deserved to be handled a little bit better by the player, and with a little bit more respect.”

Like the rest of his former teammates, Gordon hasn’t shown the form that attracted Chelsea. Image: AlamyIn his own heartfelt statement on leaving Merseyside, Gordon said, “There has been some difficult moments this year but I never took any of it personally; stick by the team because they need you.”

Clearly the player’s decision not to heed his own words and stand by the team hasn’t gone down well in the blue side of Liverpool or with Jordan.

Of course, the former Preston North End loanee is unlikely to care too much if he can help Newcastle finish in the top four this season and then play Champions League football next season.