Gor­don seeks out man­ager af­ter be­ing left out

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Chris Bas­combe

Ever­ton teenager An­thony Gor­don has sought an­swers from man­ager Carlo Ancelotti about his ab­sence from the Premier League squad.

Gor­don was im­pres­sive against Sal­ford City in the last round of the Carabao Cup, but the 19-year-old was not among the sub­sti­tutes for the league vic­to­ries against Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur and West Bromwich Al­bion.

Far from caus­ing an is­sue with Ancelotti, the Ital­ian said he was de­lighted that such a young player so pas­sion­ately be­lieved he de­served a place in the match-day squad. The con­ver­sa­tion took place af­ter the open­ing week­end win at Spurs, when Gor­don was dis­ap­pointed to be omit­ted.

“I love that he asked the ques­tion be­cause this means that he is re­ally in­ter­ested to do a proper job,” Ancelotti said. “I didn’t ex­plain to him, but he wanted an ex­pla­na­tion.

“So I ex­plained to him and 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. I be­lieve and so he had the op­por­tu­nity against Sal­ford to show his qual­ity and he took the op­por­tu­nity be­cause he played re­ally well.

“But it can hap­pen that some­times play­ers, im­por­tant play­ers, are not in­volved in the game.”

Gor­don will get an­other op­por­tu­nity when Ancelotti tests the depth of squad for the trip to Fleet­wood Town tonight. The Ital­ian made 10 changes a week ago and is likely to do sim­i­lar.

Ever­ton an­nounced yes­ter­day that back-up goal­keeper Joao Vir­ginia had signed a new four-year con­tract. Vir­ginia deputised for Jor­dan Pick­ford against Sal­ford City and will do so again.

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