Kevin Campbell predicts big Everton future for Anthony Gordon after start v Manchester United
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Kevin Campbell has predicted a big Everton future for Anthony Gordon after he was handed a rare start against Manchester United.
The winger started at Old Trafford in the 1-1 draw and impressed the travelling faithful on only his sixth Premier League start.
Campbell insisted it was vital that Rafa Benitez handed his trust to the 20-year-old to prove he has a big future at Goodison Park.
Speaking exclusively to Goodison News, Campbell said, “Listen, I think it’s really important that Rafa Benitez played him and give him that confidence.
“I thought he grew into the game pretty well, obviously, he came off which you expect – he’s a youngster, with big talent but he made a really good impression on the game.
“There’s a big future for that young man.”
It was certainly a surprise to see Gordon in the starting XI at Old Trafford, but he definitely justified his spot in the side.
The 20-year-old completed three tackles and two interceptions according to WhoScored, with only Ben Godfrey managing more on the pitch.
With the likes of Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin likely returning after the international break, Demarai Gray will return to the left-hand side.
That isn’t the end of Gordon in the first-team though, and after this shining display, Benitez will be happy to throw him into any Premier League game between now and May.
It really was a coming of age display at Old Trafford, and we can’t wait to see more of the Toffees talent in the future.