By Kevin Phillips

6th Feb, 2021 | 7:45am

Kevin Phillips blown away as he delivers Anthony Gordon verdict

Kevin Phillips has applauded Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti after he “signed off” on Anthony Gordon’s loan move to Preston North End.

The former Sunderland and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, is adamant that a temporary spell in the Championship is best for the 19-year-old’s development.

Preston confirmed the arrival of the England Under-20 international on loan for the remainder of the 2020/21 campaign shortly before the 11pm transfer deadline.

Gordon made seven appearances for the Toffees in the first half of the season, of which only three were starts.

He has played 19 times for the first team since his debut in December 2017, and has weight in with five assists.

When asked for his thoughts on Gordon’s temporary exit from Goodison Park, Phillips told Football Insider: “You would say that this is the next logical step in his development.

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“That Everton side almost picks itself at the moment. When you know that, and you have had experience of playing in the first team, you want to go and play football. Why not let him go?

“Carlo Ancelotti has signed off on it and now the kid can go and showcase his skills. It’s great news and will be a great experience for him.

“Everton slipped up last week but they are heading in the right direction under Ancelotti.

“Gordon couldn’t get into that team and he needs to play so I’m glad he has headed out on loan. It is as simple as that.”

In other news, one senior Everton player’s exit from the club collapsed at the 11th hour on deadline day.