Everton captain Seamus Coleman has explained that teammate Anthony Gordon was left “frustrated” despite his impressive performance in midweek.
The Toffees followed up their win over Tottenham in the first game of the Premier League season by beating League Two opposition Salford City on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup second round.
Carlo Ancelotti made 10 changes to his team for the cup fixture and highly-rated academy graduate Gordon was one that came into the XI.
The left-winger assisted two in a comprehensive 3-0 victory at Goodison Park and the team face Fleetwood Town in the next round.
Gordon, 19, sent a strong message out to the manager with a dazzling contribution against Salford, but he was left angered by the fact that none of his efforts on goal were converted.
Coleman has told of the teenager’s frustration after the match due to the fact he failed to get on the scoresheet, as his wait for a first senior goal continues.
“Anthony Gordon was a bit frustrated afterwards having done everything he could to score without actually doing so, but I assured him that his goals will come, of that there is no doubt, and that the time to worry is when he’s not creating chances for himself or getting on the end of opportunities provided by others,” Coleman said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
Gordon previously scored goals for fun at youth level, so it’s understandable he’s desperate to get that first one at senior level and it will be a huge weight off his shoulders.
The English wide man was integrated to the senior squad last season by Ancelotti and his performances in an Everton shirt prove he belongs at this level, so it’s only a matter of time before he does score.
He already takes up such intelligent positions for a youngster and is beginning to link up well with his teammates, plus there is clearly a trust that Ancelotti has in him.