Youth football expert surprised at 'tenacious' Everton ace Anthony Gordon

We’re delighted to welcome the founder of Kinetic Academy Harry Hudson as our exclusive columnist. Each week the youth football expert will be giving his views on the biggest talking points on wonderkids across the UK…

Anthony Gordon has already served a one-match suspension for Everton after receiving too many yellow cards in the Premier League.

The 21-year-old is, in fact, the division’s most booked player alongside Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Rube Neves with six yellow cards to his name already.

Those cautions have come from just 13 appearances and less than 1000 minutes on the field, according to data compiled by BeSoccer, with Belgian international Amadou Onana the next worst at Goodison Park with four bookings.

When those statistics were given to Kinetic Academy founder Harry Hudson, he was surprised to see the England Under-21 international that high on the list given his impactful talent at Everton.

“I think he’s a real talent,” Hudson told The Football Wonderkids. “Some of the figures that were being banded about in the summer was quite high considering he hasn’t lit it up massively.

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“I didn’t know he was the most booked player in the league, I’d like to see the breakdown of those bookings. Are they all from tackles? Are some of them dissent? Is there any in there for simulation?

“He is quite tenacious but I wouldn’t have put him up there as the most booked player in the Premier League. Attackers are a little bit more cavalier with their tackles than defenders though.”

Gordon picked up another booking in the Carabao Cup defeat to Bournemouth on Tuesday (8 November) having been dropped from the starting lineup in the Premier League against Leicester City.

In other Everton news, it’s good news for this breakout star of the season at Goodison Park after receiving another call-up to his national side.