Exclusive: McLeish Wowed by Everton 'Rookie' with 'Enormous self-belief'
Alex McLeish believes Anthony Gordon’s “enormous” self-belief will help him establish himself as a big influence in the Everton dressing room.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa and Scotland manager has lauded the 19-year-old for the “tremendous impact” he has made since breaking through at Goodison Park.
In an interview with the Times, Carlo Ancelotti admitted the teenage winger “wanted an explanation” as to why he was being left out of the squad in the league.
The youngster has only featured in the League Cup so far this season and has a total of 15 first-team appearances under his belt to date.
McLeish believes that Gordon has shown great confidence to approach the manager and suggests he could be making waves among the rest of the squad in the coming years.
McLeish told Football Insider: “I think with younger players, it’s easier because it’s almost like you’re their teacher, it’s like being back at school and again, they’re just trying to get the feel among the experienced players in the dressing room, the influencers in the dressing room.
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“Gordon might be an influencer himself when he’s a couple of years older. Certainly, it sounds as if he’s a confident kid and has enormous belief in himself.
“We’ve seen in some of the games that he’s played in that he’s made a really tremendous impact for a guy who’s just a rookie at the moment.”
Ancelotti told the Times: “He wanted an explanation. I love that he asked the question because this means that he is really interested in doing a proper job.
“I said, the squad is really competitive and sometimes it can happen that the players are not involved. But this doesn’t mean that I don’t believe in them.”
In other Everton news, a Euro club have lined up a move to sign Toffees’ big-earner.