Everton manager Marco Silva has given his thoughts on youngster Anthony Gordon’s hopes of first team football, as per the Liverpool Echo.
The Toffees boss was effusive in his praise for the teenager and stated he is close to being at the standard required to making his first team bow.
When asked if Gordon was close to his first team call up, Silva said: “Really close. Close. Unfortunately for him, it is maybe the area of the pitch where we have the most quality. Maybe it is the position where the competition is hardest. He has quality and since I join Everton he is the player closest to achieving a place in the first-team.
“When I look at him, he has real high quality. His intensity now is different, he is working with the first-team, he changed his way of playing in some moments and he is doing really well. It is up to him to keep working hard. Since we took him to work with the first team every single day I am always seeing improvements.”
TBR’s View – Perhaps Gordon would shake Everton’s attack up, but Silva must be careful
Managers can sometimes throw in youngsters to shake up their options, give the fans something to get excited about and add some desire to their team.
Gordon, from what Silva is saying, has the attributes to do that. But the Portuguese must be careful about throwing a teenager into a pressure situation.
Doing that can make or break a younger player in terms of their confidence or development and it’s a situation Silva must manage carefully.