Neil Lennon was blown away by Anthony Gordon after he saw the Everton youngster play for the first time on Tuesday night.
Gordon, 20, played all 90 minutes of Everton’s 3-1 defeat Newcastle at St James’ Park in what was Frank Lampard’s first Premier League game in charge of the Toffees.
It certainly wasn’t a night to remember for Evertonians but Lennon will certainly remember Gordon’s performance as the BBC pundit was impressed by the young attacker.
“This is the first time I have seen Anthony Gordan play and I have to say he has been absolutely terrific so far,” said Lennon on BBC Radio 5 Live on Tuesday night, as quoted by BBC Sport.
“His work-rate to get the ball back and then to spring Everton into attack, his enthusiasm for the game and then quality has been terrific.”
It was an awful performance by almost every single Everton player on the pitch at St James’ Park.
Gordon was easily the stand-out player for the Toffees, who really let the travelling supporters and their new manager down.
However, the finger does have to be pointed at Lampard for that as well because his tactics, in-game management and team selection need to called into question.