£4.5 million Everton man set for crucial role amid miserable injury and inconsistency crisis

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Everton attacker Anthony Gordon could have a big season

Last year, then Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti threw Anthony Gordon in the one of the fiercest battle grounds – the Merseyside derby. The youngster made his first Premier League start against the arch rivals Liverpool in June 2020, when playing in empty stadiums was the new norm.

The burgeoning youngster rose to the task and outshined his teammates in the 0-0 draw. Gordon offered energy, bursts of pace and dexterity. Even the most casual fan who had seen Gordon during the last phase of the 2020-21 Premier League season, knew that this kid was special and had a stellar career in front of him if provided the right counsel and developing opportunity.

Fast forward one year, Rafa Benitez arrived at the helm after Ancelotti left the club, much to the anguish of the fans. Upon arrival, the former Valencia boss assessed the squad and was left impressed by Gordon. Benitez took the decision not to send him out on loan and keep him in the senior squad.

During the start of the season, opportunities came only in form of substitute appearances, playing a handful of minutes. However, things changed as the tsunami of injuries hit the Toffees and Gordon became more than just a rotational option. Recently, the 20 year old played two back to back 90 minute games and now looks set for a crucial role in the congested fixture schedule.