Anthony Gordon reflected on “the best day of my life so far” after making his Premier League bow in Everton’s 1-1 draw at West Ham but vowed: Now I want more.
The 18-year-old forward was brought on at the start of the second half at the London Stadium and played his part in the Blues’ improved display after the break, having seen Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s close-range header level matters on 44 minutes.
Gordon, who joined Everton Academy aged 11, became the sixth youngest man to play for the Club’s first team when - aged 16 years 286 days - he came on as a substitute in the Toffees' 3-0 Europa League group stage win over Apollon Limassol in December 2017.
The Liverpool-born teenager then came off the bench with six minutes remaining in last month’s Carabao Cup quarter-final tie with Leicester at Goodison.
Saturday was Gordon’s first taste of the English top-flight, though, and the talent had one of Everton’s best chances when he found space inside the area to drive an effort over the bar.
While conceding the Blues were not content to come away from East London with a point, Gordon revealed the experience was the high point of his fledgling career as he eyes more chances under manager Carlo Ancelotti.
“It’s the best day of my life so far, a Premier League debut but I want more now and to keep going,” he told evertontv.
“It would have felt better if we’d won but it’s the best achievement I’ve had in my career so far. I’m just hoping for more of it now.
“If you’re on the bench you’re always hoping to come on. I got the call and I gave it my best.
“Delphy, Tom [Davies] and Dom [Calvert-Lewin] really helped me during the game, I got settled straight away. You don’t really think, ‘I’m playing a Premier League game’, you’ve just got to get yourself embedded in the game and do your job and try to win.
“I always give myself a chance and I’m really confident when I play. It didn’t happen today but hopefully it will soon enough.”
Gordon has trained with the first team throughout the season and, having been given an opportunity by Duncan Ferguson against Leicester during the Scot’s spell as caretaker boss, Ancelotti has now placed faith in the forward.
The Everton boss said Gordon “showed character and personality” during his second-half showing at West Ham, and the player opened up about the experience of working with one of football’s most decorated managers.
“He’s been unbelievable right from the start,” added Gordon. “For such a prestigious manager to take an interest in a young player like me, it’s amazing, really. I’ve just got to thank him for the opportunity and all he’s doing for me at the minute.
“[He’s told me to have] confidence and not being afraid to make mistakes or try new things. The things he’s won and the player’s he’s coached is out of this world and it’s a pleasure to be coached from him.
“Hopefully I’ve done enough to stay in and around the squad. “If not, I’ll just keep doing my best, keep going in training and I will get myself there.”
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