Preston fans have been pretty excited about winger Anthony Gordon ever since his name was first linked with a move to Deepdale.
The rumours started in January, well in advance of deadline day, and the excitement grew as it became clear that he would be finalising a last-gasp move.
The Everton winger is only on loan until the end of the season, but he has already shown in the Premier League that he can be a real talent.
In the early stages of his Preston career, Gordon has shown that he is quick, direct and able to beat a man, getting fans off their seats – or, in the pandemic, their sofas.
Gordon still needs to work on his end product in terms of goals and assists, but the raw talent has been on show.
Gordon may well start for a third game in a row tonight as Preston travel to take on Millwall, and he has now been praised by Greg Cunningham.
Cunningham – who also arrived in the winter window – has told Lancs Live that he thinks Gordon has outstanding natural talent, and will look to help him when it comes to defensive responsibilities.
Cunningham has added that he is predicting a ‘very exciting career ahead’ for Gordon, believing that he will thrive under Alex Neil before heading back to Everton.
“He’s a great lad and obviously you can see the quality he possesses,” said Cunningham. “I think as a more senior player it is important to make sure he feels comfortable to go and express himself. And obviously if he’s playing in front of me, it’s one of those where I say to him ‘I give the ball to the match-winners’. But then on the flip-side, he needs to do his defensive duties when needed and he’s still young, learning the game – so if I can give or pass any knowledge on that I’ve gained from the last 14-years in England, I will. Whether he takes that on board is another story but of course I’m there for the younger players that are coming through.”
“We are very lucky to have him and I think he’s made a good decision in coming to this club. Working under the gaffer, he’ll progress and learn so much from this loan move and it will stand him in good stead for the rest of his career – he has a very exciting career ahead,” he added.