'Absolutely outstanding': Some Everton fans full of praise for 'brilliant' 20-year-old starlet

Nathaniel Kay February 25, 2021
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Everton fans were delighted to see academy star Anthony Gordon pick up the man of the match award for Preston North End last night.

Although Preston could only play out a 0-0 draw with Queens Park Rangers at home, it was a day to remember for the on-loan Toffees talent.

Gordon celebrated his 20th birthday in style after being named man of the match in the Championship game.

And some Everton fans wanted to share the moment on Twitter with the 6ft attacking midfielder:

Sweet night for the Toffees

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti allowed Gordon to join the Championship club in February for the remainder of 2020/21.

The England U20 midfielder had only managed seven appearances for Everton before his move to Deepdale, where he is now gaining more minutes under Alex Neil.

His performance last night was one of the few shining lights in what was a pretty dull game.

According to WhoScored.com, Gordon played two key passes, had two shots on target, and completed two dribbles.

Furthermore, he attempted 16 crosses and chipped in with one tackle and an interception.

It was a mature display from a player who has just left his teenage years.

But the performance was no surprise to Everton fans, who have watched Gordon rise through the club’s system since he was 11.

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Gordon getting limited game time

Opportunities have been hard to come by for Gordon at Goodison Park with the plethora of talent at Ancelotti’s disposal.

To the Italian’s credit, he has tried to use the England U20 international whenever possible.

Towards the end of last season, Gordon made 11 Premier League outings and had a brief run-out in the League Cup quarter-final against Leicester City.

It was far more game time than previous Everton manager Marco Silva offered, who overlooked the midfielder entirely.

Pressure off at Preston

Now with a chance to get minutes on the pitch at Preston, Gordon should start to get some wind in his sails.

It’s the perfect opportunity to impress in one of the most difficult leagues in Europe but without the weight of expectation at Everton.

The Lilywhites are in 14th place, with a mid-table finish appearing the most likely outcome.

With much of the pressure eased, Gordon has a great chance to take his game to the next level.