Noel Whelan believes Carlo Ancelotti should be brave and hand Everton midfielder Anthony Gordon his Premier League debut.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-striker revealed that now was the perfect time for Ancelotti to test the Toffees’ young players as it’s not like the club are going to sack him over poor results.
It was recently reported that Gordon has already made a positive impression on Ancelotti and that he may have a good chance of featuring for the first-team.
The 18-year-old has never featured in the Premier League before but has managed to feature for the senior side two times previously.
Whelan explained that Ancelotti obviously sees something in Gordon, so it makes sense for the teenager to be given a chance to impress.
When asked about whether Ancelotti should unleash Gordon as it seems the perfect time with not much at stake, Whelan told Football Insider: “Yeah it is and I think managers need to be brave that way.
“There’s plenty of experience in and around the young players, and you need to develop them by giving them opportunities.
“That’s why you have an academy, and if you’ve got a player who needs games and you think he’s capable of coping with the demands of the Premier League…then absolutely you should put him in, why not?
“Managers need to be brave, Ancelotti obviously sees something in him, what have you got to lose?
“You’ve got everything to gain if he hits the ground running and puts in some great performance.
“You’ve got to try these players otherwise there’s no point having an academy system, we’ve seen a lot of players coming through the academy at Everton and I like that.
“It’s refreshing to see players come through the academy as too many teams are under pressure to have use ready-made players.
“Ancelotti is very experienced, not going to be given the sack, and if he wants to use young players, that will give them confidence.”
One of Gordon’s two appearances for the senior side came earlier this season with him making a cameo appearance in the EFL Cup loss to Leicester City.
The attacking midfielder, who can also play as a left-winger, has been at Goodison Park for the entirety of his professional career and is contracted to stay with the Toffees until 2023.
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