Frank Lampard is keen to help Anthony Gordon develop into an efficient goalscoring midfielder during his time at Everton.
The highly-rated Gordon has been linked with a move to Lampard’s old club Chelsea but the Toffees are hoping to keep the dynamic 21-year-old.
Lampard believes one of the next phases in Gordon’s development will be to improve his finishing.
Having been a successful midfielder himself, the Everton manager knows a lot about the subject.
As a player, Lampard joined Chelsea in 2001 at the age of 22 and over the course of a glittering 13-year tenure at the London club became the all-time leading goalscorer.
Interestingly, however, Lampard isn’t sure he would have hit the ground running had he joined Stamford Bridge at a similar age in the modern game.
Lampard said: “At 20, the way I played would not have gotten me into a modern Chelsea team. I should have gone there and joined the team.
“I wasn’t that confident about collecting big numbers until I was in my low to mid 20’s – 23, 24 and up.
“It’s a process and players can absolutely improve by working over and over again, recreating situations and positions to get better at it.
“The more they see that this works, the more confident they become and the better players they become.
“We work on it all the time. It’s a general thing that we work on with offensive players.”
Gordon created a number of chances in Saturday’s 1-1 draw between Everton and Nottingham Forest – the club’s first Premier League point of the season – but failed to find the goal.
Lampard thinks there is work to be done but is convinced Gordon has a desire to do it.
He said: “Anthony is a great professional, he’s got a lot of hunger as a young lad. He wants to work on his finish.
“It’s partly pure development – as a young player who gave us so much in his performance last year, the goals will just come. But it sometimes takes a bit of time to get that into your game.
“Even for some of the greatest players, it’s not always the norm to expect them to loot goals at 21-22. There are one or two exceptions, number nine, (Erling) Haaland etc. – that’s their thing.
“But Anthony has a lot of threads up his sleeve and the goalscorer will come.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/frank-lampard-anthony-gordon-everton-anthony-nottingham-forest-b2149698.html Everton manager Frank Lampard is working towards his degree with Anthony Gordon