Anthony Gordon was “quiet” in a rare start against Sheffield United on Saturday but the Everton youngster will have better opportunities to prove himself.
That is the view of ex-Manchester City, Leeds and Spurs midfielder Michael Brown, who spoke exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs in the aftermath of the Toffees’ 1-0 win away at Bramall Lane.
The 19-year-old attacking midfielder’s hunger is well-documented.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti revealed that the fresh-faced youngster “wanted an explanation” from the five-time European Cup-winner when he was omitted from the matchday squad that faced Spurs earlier in the season.
Gordon got his chance against Chris Wilder’s side, but Brown believes that a claustrophobic midfield in a tight match was not a platform on which Gordon could flourish, but that it was good to see him get game-time nonetheless.
Asked by Football Insider what he made of Gordon getting some much-needed minutes, Brown said: “It’s great to see. Only his 14th appearance Everton appearance, his third this season.
“He was brought in with the injuries, but he was slightly quiet. Obviously, he was replaced later on by Bernard.
“But it was the kind of game where Everton had to be patient.
“They weren’t really fluid, weren’t bossing the game fully, weren’t making chances.”
Gordon made his professional debut against Apollon Limassol in the Europa League in December 2017, becoming the second-youngest player to play for an English club in the competition in the process.
He has since gone on to represent England at Under-18, 19 and 20 levels.