The Toffees academy ace has been sensation for David Unsworth and co – does the Goodison Park club have a new Wayne Rooney coming through?
A number of Everton fans have taken to Twitter to praise Goodison Park academy prodigy Anthony Gordon for his latest heroics for the Toffees Under-23s.
The 18-year-old, widely rated as one of the Everton academy’s best prospects – and there are plenty of superb youngsters coming through the ranks – put in another great performance in the Toffees’ 2-2 draw with Manchester City.
Unsworth’s charges began the game poorly, falling two goals behind after opposition captain Tommy Doyle scored from the penalty spot in the first half and Nabil Touaizi doubled the visitors’ lead not long after the interval.
However, Antony Evans halved the deficit with another superb free kick and Ellis Simms nodded in the equaliser late on following some incredible footwork by Gordon, who was only denied a Roy of the Rovers style wondergoal by the woodwork.
After the game, quite a few Everton fans took to social media to praise Gordon, and it’s getting to the point that there aren’t enough superlatives to describe him – while the calls for Toffees boss Marco Silva to give him a shot in the first team are growing ever louder.
Here is just some of the Twitter reaction:
Yet the likes of Theo Walcott and Yannick Bolasie take the opportunities off our young players. Show that to Marco.— Everton FC Brasil (@EvertonFC_BRA) 27 September 2019
Get him in the first team— Mark Eccles (@markecclesEFC) 27 September 2019
Touch of Rooney about him— steve harding (@stevietoffee) 28 September 2019
Every time I see him he impresses, bang him in first team and give him a shot— jason winkley (@jay310371) 27 September 2019
Cant wait to see this lad get a chance in 1st team— mogsy (@mogs157) 28 September 2019
He looks the business that kid, can’t be far away from a chance on the bench— Shoey Mc (@ShoeyEFC1234) 27 September 2019
That bit out by the touchline so reminds me of a young Rooney.— Frank Keegan (@KeeganBig) 27 September 2019
Hes already better than all our players get him in the first team .— The Vagrant (@VagrantEFC) 27 September 2019
Cant get on the bench though in front of Walcott…. ♂️— Simon (@SG_EFC) 27 September 2019
Wow, the kid can play!— Bruce Harrison (@BruceHarrisonNZ) 27 September 2019
I can't give any bigger compliment to the lad, than he reminds me of the great Alan Ball.— Tony Rimmer (@AntRimbo) 28 September 2019
He looks like a young Wayne rooney on the ball— PDK (@PDKfifaman) 28 September 2019
Gordon, capped for England at Under-18s level, became the sixth youngest man to play for Everton’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 (official Toffees website).