Everton prodigy Anthony Gordon has praised Toffees teammates Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman for their talents as well as their mentorship of the Goodison Park youngster.
The 19-year-old, widely regarded as one of the Everton academy’s best prospects, has been sensational for David Unsworth’s young Blues over the past few seasons.
Gordon was never picked for a senior game by former Toffees boss Marco Silva, having to make do with the odd place on the bench, but has made his breakthrough under Carlo Ancelotti.
“Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman have been huge mentors for me because I feel they both take a good amount of interest in me,” said Gordon.
“They really help me on a daily basis, and Seamus is a really good captain. He’s very vocal and he’ll tell me both when I’m doing really well and also when I can improve.
“Leighton is a massive leader in a much different way as he’s not a loud or a big talker. He’s just a really composed individual who leads through his qualities.”
Everton’s academy is top class, as shown by the Under-23s’ silverware over the past few seasons, but in recent years there are been far too many talented youngsters who haven’t been given enough first-team minutes – if any – and have ended up moving elsewhere.
With Silva barely giving Gordon a look-in, there was a fear that he could’ve potentially decided that his future was away from Goodison Park, but he is now a crucial part of the Everton first-team squad under Ancelotti and, with his contract running to 2023, it bodes well for the future of both the player and the club.