Academy defender Anthony Gerrard is looking forward to leading
the Under-19s out against Liverpool on Saturday, just days after
skippering the reserves for the first time.
Second-string boss Andy Holden handed the 18-year-old the
captain's armband on Monday night for the game with West
Bromwich Albion and he was delighted to accept.
Gerrard, the cousin of Liverpool midfielder Steven, believes
that the extra responsibility will ultimately benefit him and his
fledgling career in the long-run as he considers communication to
be a key skill, which he can only improve on.
"It's a vital part of your game, especially as a
defender," he told evertonfc.com. "You've got to
speak to all the different areas of the pitch: the strikers,
midfielders, the other defenders around you and also your
"As a person I'm looking to bring myself out of my
shell a bit. You've got to express yourself on the football
pitch and that's what I'm looking to do in the near future,
and if I get kept on, I'm looking to progress further and
"It was a good boost to be made captain. You need
confidence before a game and that gave me a lot, because I think
the coach must think highly of you to make you captain at any
"It came as a complete surprise to me. I was knocking a few
balls around and he came up to me and said: 'are you alright
being skipper?' and I was shocked when he said it, but I said
With Peter Clarke and Sean O'Hanlon on loan for a further
few weeks, Gerrard is looking to make a central defensive position
in the reserves his own in the next few weeks.
However, the Academy youngster admits that the next few games
for the reserves will be difficult without his more experienced
colleagues, but he is always looking to progress.
"For me, personally, it's been a good year so far. I
haven't kicked on after Christmas like I thought I would, but
it's still early so I'll have to keep working hard,"
"There's a lot of opportunity in the reserves now. But
it will be tough without the more experienced defenders. Peter
Clarke helps me a lot when I play with him, so does Sean and I like
playing with them, they're good lads."
On Saturday, there is the small matter of a Merseyside derby,
the second of the season for the Under 19s and the defender is
looking to restore some pride after the home fixture finished all
He concluded: "The 2-2 draw was hard when we played them
earlier in the season. I think we scored, then they scored, then
they scored, then we scored, so it was evenly matched, all derbies
are. Both sides desperately want to win for pride and