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Anthony Gordon has spoken about his dedicated plan to make an impression on Marco Silva more than two years after he made his first-team debut.
The 18-year-old has been on the fans’ minds for a long time and many have called for him to get into the senior squad.
So far, Gordon has just one first-team appearance, which came in a Europa League game against Apollon Limassol.
This season, the youngster was involved on the bench for the trip to Southampton, but still has to wait for his first start. Now, he has spoken of how he has stayed grounded and is still working towards a place with Marco Silva’s men.
Gordon told evertonfc.com: “I just try to enjoy myself and get better every day.
“You never sit down and think, ‘I have a chance’. That is for other people to say. I am just trying to keep getting better and progressing.
“I haven’t played one game competitively for the first team [bar those two minutes in Cyprus].
“To be around it shows I am progressing well. But I am not there yet. I am not starting for the first team and I still have so much to do.
“I saw how hard it was with David Unsworth in La Manga and thought, ‘I am not going back unprepared [this season]’.
“I went on one holiday, then came back and trained every day. That set me up perfectly for the season.
“I have been mentally preparing for this [involvement with the first team] since last pre-season. I am starting to show I can cope with that level.
“I have the ability and believe in myself.”
Now, not only is he making the right impression on the pitch, it seems he is doing the right thing off it as well.
Gordon is showing all the attributes to suggest he has the potential to become a top player and an important part of the first-team set up on Merseyside.
If the attacker keeps applying himself in this manner, it surely won’t be long until we see him with the senior squad.