Carlo Ancelotti has used the period since lockdown to accelerate the development of Anthony Gordon at Everton.

The legendary Italian boss was full of praise for the teenage starlet and underlined his belief that he is already up to the standard of a Premier League player and will only get better.

Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “Anthony is doing well. He is young but showing good personality and character, when he plays from the start or goes on as a substitute.

“I have a lot of confidence in him. He is a player for now and for the future. He just needs to play to increase his confidence. He has quality. He can improve his knowledge but he is ready to play in the Premier League without a problem.”

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Everton have spent millions in recent seasons trying to add creativity to their squad and bridge the gap to the top six and it has been to little avail.

They are a club who pride themselves on bringing through their own stars and following the success of Mason Holgate and Dominic Calvert-Lewin this season, Gordon looks to be the next cab off the rank.

It is no mean feat to impress a manager who has won the trophies Ancelotti has won in his career but Gordon looks to have done exactly that.

This period towards the end of the season is ideal for Everton to blood Gordon; without much to play for in the Premier League and in front of empty stands which makes matches feel like Under-23 games.

Ancelotti clearly likes what he sees, it’s up to Gordon to crack on and go from strength to strength now.

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