Everton youngster Anthony Gordon has shown his maturity, by seeking out Carlo Ancelotti to ask how he can get into the starting XI.
The highly rated 19-year-old was handed his first Premier League minutes of the season against Southampton on Sunday.
Gordon first came onto the scene in 2017, but didn’t make his Premier League debut until January of this year against West Ham United.
Hopes are very high over Gordon, but he’s been scarcely used so far this season. Before his cameo against the Saints he’d made just two EFL Cup appearances.
Gordon has revealed he actually took it upon himself to go and see Ancelotti to ask how he can feature more for the first-team.
He told Everton’s official website: “I didn’t go and bang his door down, I went and asked politely, ‘What can I do better to get in the team?’
“I always want to get better and improve as a player.
“I just wanted his views on that – he gave me his view and I am trying to work on that every day.
“[There was] nothing specific [Ancelotti asked from Gordon], he said I am doing very well and to keep doing what I am doing. We have a very competitive side, which I understand.
“I was a little bit [nervous going to Ancelotti], yes. It was my first time doing it. But he is such a warm man and manager.
“For me, the nerves weren’t as bad as they could have been, because he is such a nice person. He welcomed it with open arms.”
TBR’s View – Gordon’s time will come
Gordon deserves real credit for going to the manager.
It shows he has a real maturity and desire about him, and it’ll definitely stand him in good stead.
With the likes of Alex Iwobi and Bernard failing to make a meaningful impact for the Toffees, it may only be a matter of time before the enthusiastic Gordon has more first-team involvement.