Name: Anthony Gordon
Date of Birth: 24 February 2001
Position: Attacking midfield/Centre-forward/Winger
Anthony Gordon – his career so far
Anthony Gordon has been a part of Everton for the majority of his life and footballing career. He was first scouted back when he was still plying his trade at Frameline Juniors FC as a very young lad, and shortly after, aged only 11, he was scooped up by the Blues and brought into the academy for further grooming and developing.
And it didn’t really take Gordon too long at all to start showcasing his talent and rapidly progressing through the ranks, eventually even being called up for the senior team despite being so young at that time.
But first, he had to warrant that honour by impressing at both Everton’s U18 and U23 squads, which he has done with style. The now 19-year-old prodigy recorded 31 appearances for the former team, bagging 16 goals and assisting further five on the side as well.
For the latter, he managed to score eight goals and claim four assists under his belt in the process, recording those stats in just 27 games spent with the team. But his first big break was just around the corner, back in December of 2017.
Not only did he end up featuring on a huge stage in the Blues’ Europa League group stage win over Apollon Limassol but he also became the sixth youngest man to play for Everton’s first team as he was aged only 16 years and 286 days back then.
Needless to say, that was a truly amazing experience but also a great sign for the youngster’s future. He would end up tallying four senior appearances in total with the following three after the debut all coming in 2019/20 – one in the EFL Cup and two in the Premier League.
Of course, the outside circumstances have made it impossible for him to register more appearances for the Toffees in the ongoing campaign but the early signs are more than just positive.
More things are bound to come from Gordon in the near future.
In some big Everton news back in early 2019, Gordon had signed a new deal tying him to Goodison Park for at least the following four years and will be valid until 2023. And while that was mostly due to the fact they had to ensure his talents are groomed as part of the Blues’ squad, it was also a reaction to some of the interest from other teams.
According to some recent transfer news, Celtic were among the teams who were quite interested in the youngster and could even return for him once the summer transfer window opens soon.
The same transfer rumour stated the Scottish giants have been watching Gordon during his U18 and U23 ventures and he has impressed them enough to put him on the list of their potential targets once again.
But seeing how he was already praised by the likes of Carlo Ancelotti in the past, it still remains to be seen what Everton decide to do with their bright young talent.
Gordon has now been training with the first team on a regular basis but he’s also been forced to be patient for his opportunities with the seniors. Still, that doesn’t really take anything away from skill, which is already at a high enough level to be turning heads in the upper hierarchy of Everton.
The youngster is extremely versatile in his approach and can basically be deployed anywhere across the final third of the pitch and even in deeper areas. He works best as the no.10 or the attacking midfielder, just behind the striker.
From there, he can use his pace and technical ability to help break down defences and wreak havoc in the opposition’s defensive line. But that particular skill set also makes him deadly from the wider areas and especially inside the box as he has a keen eye for goal.
Gordon has also been played in deeper positions as the team’s wide central midfielder, either on the left or on the right side, but he seems to be more effective the closer he is deployed to the opposition’s goal.
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