Carlo Ancelotti is increasingly convinced Everton teenager Anthony Gordon is good enough to develop into a star of the first team, Football Insider understands.
The Italian has already showed greater faith in the 18-year-old attacking midfielder than his predecessor Marco Silva and is getting excited about what he can offer.
An Everton source has told Football Insider that Ancelotti has been dazzled by Gordon’s technical ability at the club’s Finch Farm training headquarters and is keen to give him the opportunities to play regularly for the first team.
Gordon has been in the matchday squad for five Premier League games since the start of last month and was given 45 minutes as a substitute in the recent 1-1 draw against West Ham.
Ancelotti already likes what he sees, extolling the Liverpool-born player’s virtues both in public and private.
The teenager has long been regarded at Everton as the outstanding player in their Under-23s set-up and the one best equipped to not only break into the first team, but stay there.
He has been the subject of strong interest from Borussia Dortmund even though he signed a new four-year deal with the Merseysiders last March that runs until 2023.
Able to play on both flanks, as well as spearhead the attack, Gordon has been a regular scorer and creator at youth-team level and already looks to have outgrown Under-23s football.
He featured in a first-team snap from Finch Farm that was posted on Instagram by Richarlison, suggesting he is forming bonds with the senior players.
Gordon made his debut for the Everton senior team two seasons ago in a dead-rubber Europa League group stage game away at Apollon Limassol, coming on for the last few minutes.
He has added two more appearances, one in the League Cup in December as well as that sub run-out against West Ham.