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Anthony Gordon has been Everton’s shining light this season

This season seems to keep on getting worse for Everton, after they were humiliated 5-0 by Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Monday night, and in truth, it should have been far more.

Four players were given SofaScore match ratings of under 6.0, with Jordan Pickford receiving the lowest with a 4.9 – having made a mess out of the second goal – letting Heung-min Son’s effort slip through under his legs.

One Toffees player who did catch the eye though on occasion was 21-year-old Anthony Gordon, who at times looked like he was not just doing his own dirty work, but covering for multiple of his teammates with a level of aggression, determination and work rate that on the whole, has been missing from this Everton side this campaign.

Despite achieving a match rating of just 6.6 on Monday, Gordon won an incredible 12 ground duels in the game – four more than midfielders Allan and Donny van de Beek put together and five more than the entire defence that started the game.

Has Gordon been Everton's best player this season?

Yes, he has been exceptional this season!

Yes, he has been exceptional this season!

No, there are others who have been better!

No, there are others who have been better!

The 21-year-old also made an impressive four tackles, as well as completing four dribbles in a performance, which if Everton snatched a point from the game and didn’t concede five goals, would have received far more attention and resulted in a far higher match rating.

Earning just £2.5k per week at Goodison Park, Gordon has become one of new boss Frank Lampard’s key players due to his work rate for the team, evident by the fact he ranks in the top 1% among wingers in Europe’s top five league and continental competitions for tackles per 90 (2.85), top 7% in successful pressures per 90 (6.38) and top 2% for blocks per 90 (2.31).

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The youth team graduate was described as “top quality” by former Premier League striker Jon Walters during the game against Spurs, but his long list of admirers continues to grow, and the praise he receives will not stop there as he looks to build on the three goals and two assists he already has this season in the top flight.

Lampard will now rely on his young star in a similar way to how he put his trust in Mason Mount at Derby and Chelsea, someone who is also an industrious worker while proving equally dangerous in the final third.

On top of that, the boss may also take on board the dedication and commitment Gordon has for his boyhood club, and promote more hungry young talents to help fight against relegation.

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