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Lampard may have found Everton’s new Rooney in “top quality” £7.2m-rated “boy wonder”

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Everton have found themselves in a vulnerable position in the Premier League after a campaign nobody could have predicted for the Merseyside club, however, there are some positives to be found even in the darkest moments at Goodison Park this season.

Frank Lampard was brought in to replace Rafa Benitez after a horrific six months of poor performances and management from the Spaniard, and it gave Everton fans a glimmer of hope that the club could turn things around after finding themselves struggling to keep their heads above water, and falling into a serious relegation challenge.

Since his arrival on Deadline Day, Lampard has definitely made improvements despite the instability continuing throughout the team as confidence was at an all-time low when he took over at Goodison Park. Although it hasn’t been plain sailing for the former Chelsea boss, the Toffees most recent victory against Newcastle showed the first taste of resilience and hope in months.

Now three points clear of the relegation zone, there is a small cushion for the Everton squad to capitalise on after they were victorious in their game in hand that they had over their relegation rivals in the bottom three, setting them ahead of their competitors with 11 games left to go.

One player who has continued to shine throughout the storm clouds that have hung over Goodison Park this season is Anthony Gordon, who is shaping up to be the new Wayne Rooney for Everton, although unlike his fellow Evertonian, he could be set to secure his future at the club much longer.

Transfer insider, Dean Jones, has told GIVEMESPORT that the young attacker will “remain” at Everton:

“From everything that I can gather from speaking to people, he wants to remain at that club for as long as he possibly can. And so, I’ll be very surprised if Everton tried to cash in on him, that’s not the route to go down right now,” he said.

According to FB Ref, the £7.2m-rated winger who was hailed “top quality” by Jonathan Walters, is in the 99th percentile for tackles, 93rd for pressures and 97th for blocks over the last 12 months compared to his positional peers in European football which is extremely impressive when you consider the position Everton are in currently.

It also demonstrates just how hard-working the youngster is and how relentless he can be; traits that embodied a young Wayne Rooney in Merseyside. Gordon may not have the goal tally to match quite yet but is undoubtedly one the most exciting players to through Finch Farm since the England great.