Everton boss Marco Silva has told the Liverpool Echo that three of the club’s youngsters have been handed the chance to train with the first-team.
Anthony Gordon is set for a bright future in the game and Silva has been speaking about his inclusion in training sessions.
It is also thought that Dennis Adeniran and Lewis Gibson are also featuring regularly with the first-team on a daily basis.
Gordon, 18 was a star for David Unsworth’s under-23 team last season, playing 14 games as they won the Premier League 2 title.
The attacking midfielder travelled to Werder Bremen for the senior team’s last pre-season game but didn’t make it off the bench.
Silva says he is delighted with his progress, however, and he is now training with the first-team.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “He’s in desperate need of a game. He’s not played as many games because he’s been training with the first-team.
“He tired a little bit but showed glimpses and flashes of sheer brilliance.
“What we need to do is get the ball to him in dangerous areas more often and he can show his quality.”
TBR Verdict – First-team debut beckons for Gordon?
With Silva coming out and making it common knowledge that the Everton youngster is training with the first-team, it does ask the question of how close he is to his debut.
The 18-year-old is clearly a talented boy and Silva rates him highly. Given Everton’s success at under-23 level last season it makes sense to include some of the younger players.
Adeniran might be a little bit closer down the first-team path. With Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph and Morgan Schneiderlin all missing for the weekend’s game with Watford, the 20-year-old could deputise.
Gordon is the one that will perhaps excite fans though. His turn of pace and trickery should see him quickly adhered to the Goodison Park faithful.