Kevin Campbell challenges Gordon to up game after Preston game time dries up
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Kevin Campbell believes that leaving Everton on loan will have given Anthony Gordon vital experience, despite his lack of game time at Preston.
The 20-year old winger joined Championship side Preston in the winter transfer window, and though he started off playing regularly for the Lilywhites he has been restricted to the bench in their last four league games.
Everton had loaned out Gordon with the intention of having him receive regular first-team football, and the club will be dismayed at his inconsistent game time at Deepdale.
Speaking exclusively to Goodison News, Campbell suggested that Gordon’s loan move might make him more appreciative when he returns to Goodison Park in the summer.
When asked whether Gordon’s lack of game time was frustrating, Campbell said: “Yeah, sometimes it just doesn’t quite work out at some of these clubs, but that’s life.
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“It’s the experience sometimes that you go for, and sometimes the experience of going somewhere that isn’t Everton and then coming back to the club makes the player appreciate a lot more where he is.
“So he’s going to now have to up his game.”
Ancelotti has been clear about his intention to include Gordon as a more regular member of Everton’s first-team squad next season, so he’ll be frustrated at the starlet’s lack of game time.
Gordon has demonstrated his technical ability on a number of occasions for the Blues, making it difficult to understand how he doesn’t play more regularly from the outside.
However being made to wait for an opportunity can help shape a player just as much as giving him minutes can, and Everton will hope to welcome back a stronger player when he returns to Merseyside.
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