Alex McLeish suggests that Carlo Ancelotti will be weighing up whether to let Anthony Gordon leave Everton on loan after the winger questioned his lack of game time.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Premier League manager believes the Toffees boss will be keeping close tabs on the youngster’s state of mind after he lifted the lid on behind the scenes chats between the pair.
Speaking to the Times, Ancelotti revealed that the 19-year-old had demanded an explanation as to why he was being left out of the match-day squads in the league.
The teenager started the League Cup win over Salford City and came off the bench against Fleetwood Town, but played no part against either Tottenham or West Brom in the top flight.
McLeish believes Ancelotti has a difficult decision to make over what to do with the promising forward and insists Gordon may have to bide his time if he is not loaned out.
McLeish told Football Insider: “You can see it a couple of ways. You can say: ‘Look, within reason, can you see what’s ahead of you?’
“If you get a response from the kid saying: ‘Yeah I can and I think I’m better than him,’ that may happen but whether Ancelotti sees the formula or the shape that they’re playing, Gordon’s going to have to wait that wee bit longer.
“Ancelotti’s a great manager and he’s the type who would, if he’s not talking to the youngster, he’ll be deploying one of his coaches to make sure he’s keeping his head up.
“If the kid’s headstrong and he wants to get away, we’ve got to look at common sense and say if Ancelotti really needs him, he’s not going to get away. If Ancelotti thinks I can do without the kid, let him go and get some more experience.”
Gordon, a graduate of the Toffees’ youth system, has played 15 times for the senior side at Goodison Park and contributed four assists.
He has the likes of James Rodriguez, Richarlison, Alex Iwobi, Theo Walcott and Bernard for a place in the senior side.
In other Everton news, a barely-seen youngster has been tipped to replace a fan favourite after “surprising” Ancelotti.