Teenager Gordon Explains How He Can Excite Evertonians

Anthony Gordon wants to excite Evertonians with his direct and fearless football after crowning a breakthrough season by signing a new five-year contract with the Club.

Forward Gordon, a graduate of Everton’s Academy, played all of his 11 Premier League games last season following the December appointment of manager Carlo Ancelotti.

The teenager ticked off a number of landmarks in his embryonic career in 2019/20, playing competitively at Goodison Park for the first time and following a debut Premier League appearance with a first start in the competition five months later in June’s Merseyside derby.

Gordon admits he is craving the adrenaline rush of playing at a packed Goodison after confessing he felt he was “in heaven” following a six-minute taster against Leicester City in a Carabao Cup tie in December.

The 19-year-old’s foremost objectives, though, centre on repaying Ancelotti’s belief by delivering match-defining contributions for his team – and getting supporters off their seats as part of an energetic and imaginative Everton.

“Excitement is what I want to bring, that is my ultimate goal,” Gordon told evertontv.

“I love to play expansive football… and we are starting to do that now.

“It suits me down to the ground.

“Hopefully, I can progress and excite the fans.

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04:59

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“And not only that, score and get those assists that will help my teammates and help the team win games.

“The improvements I’ve made don’t mean I'm perfect at anything.

“I still need to improve on lots of little things, such as tactical awareness.

“For me, it is efficiency in the final third, making the right decisions.

“And numbers; goals and assists, ultimately they are what I am judged on as an attacking player.”

Gordon played his first Premier League football when he came on at the start of the second half at West Ham United four weeks after former Real Madrid boss Ancelotti’s arrival.

He featured in Everton’s final 10 games last season, starting four times and providing one assist with a dash to the byline and cross for Richarlison to open the scoring in a victory over Leicester.

The teenager’s first senior involvement last term – he made his debut in December 2017, from the bench in a Europa League game at Apollon Limassol – came when Duncan Ferguson, in caretaker charge, sent on Gordon for the closing minutes of the League Cup quarter-final with Leicester.

Only this week, Gordon – who remains incredibly grounded and was planning to celebrate his new deal with a game of snooker – hinted at his admiration for Ferguson with a social media post of the player wearing an Everton jersey circa 1997/98, with the former striker’s name plastered across the back.

“Duncan has been massive for me since I have come up to the First Team,” said Gordon.

“He is a person I can rely on to bounce things off.

“I couldn’t say enough about him and what he is doing for me.

“He was the one who really pushed for me to come up with the First Team a couple of years back.

“I am thankful to him for that and everything he is doing with me.


“And Mr Ancelotti has been massive for me.

“We have a good relationship.

“He tests me every day and doesn’t allow me to be comfortable.

“As a young player, you should never be comfortable.

“That is making me strive to be better every day and never reach the point where I think, ‘I am here, I am comfortable’.

“His presence around the place is always testing me and keeping me on my toes.”

The majority of Gordon’s top-flight experience has been accumulated in empty stadiums.

Indeed, save for his Europa League and Carabao Cup cameos and league trips to West Ham and Chelsea, his senior football for Everton has been played behind closed doors.

His six minutes under the lights in L4 left a lasting impression, though, and Gordon is hankering after a chance to show a capacity Goodison crowd what he can do.

“I have been talking about this with a lot with people close to me,” confirmed Gordon.

“They have been asking me how I think I will feel [playing in front of 40,000 in Goodison].

“I just can’t wait.

“The atmosphere – I have experienced it once and it was unbelievable.

“It felt like I was in heaven.

“I can’t wait to experience it again.”

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Gordon added: “My first goal for the Club is what I am looking for.

“That’s what I’d love to get under my belt, then progress from there.

“Long-term, [my ambition] would just be to win as many trophies as we can.

“I think we have the team to do it.

“We have a lot of things to be excited about and I hope it all comes together and we really do something together.

“It is a dream [signing the contract].

“I was speaking to my family about it last night and looking back on where I came from to where I am now.

“It is miles apart.

“It didn’t really sink in [that I was signing a new contract] but I knew I could finally sign it today.

“And it is just a dream.”