Kaide Gordon's Impressive Preseason Is Making Liverpool Staff And Fans Take Notice
The 16 year lapsed attacker has looked upright with the senior duo during his preseason minutes after a strong showing with the U18s and U23s last season
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Ah preseason. It’s the situation of year of immortal optimism (or pessimism if you like tweeting “sign someone” at the various accounts). It’s further an opportunity for fans to see some of the young players who could be recognized to manufacture the caper to the senior team, leading us to salivate over untapped latent and “what could be” if the performer does come good. Over the ended several seasons we’ve empirical the likes of Rhian Brewster, Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones, and Billy Koumetio perform their presence known. Some own made the later tread with Liverpool, while others are quiet working their system through the Academy, or in Brewster’s case, own been moved on.
This year, the young standout has been 16 year void Kaide Gordon. The attacking actor was brought in last winter from Derby County for the considerable sum of £3 million. He scored six goals in four games for the U18 gang before being promoted to the U23s at the tail hindmost of the season. ’s U23 coach Barry Lewtas was extraordinary economical in his analysis of the actor after featuring condemn , smartly stating: “The kid can play”.
According to Neil Jones from , a origin at Anfield has also as “a cultivated player”, and has made an opinion on Jürgen Klopp after insoluble displays castigate FC Wacker Innsbruck, Mainz 05, and Hertha Berlin.
Darren Wassall, Derby City’s academy director, is not surprised to see Gordon thrive at Liverpool despite his teenager age.
“Kaide is a special talent, and it’s noted to see that he’s already doing well and forming an impression,” said Wassell. “Everyone here is buzzing for him.”
“He positively won’t be in awe. Because of his ability, he has that confidence that he feels he ought be mixing with the best. He’s not toss or nervous, he embraces that challenge.”
Wassell continued to present a nice spying bill and the fellow and the actor that Gordon is.
“In terms of an attacking force, he’s got everything really,” said Wassall. “He’s got great balance, awareness, touch. Left footers always seem to be consecrated with a wand, and he’s absolutely got that! He’s extraordinary still off the pitch, but on it he comes alive. He just loves playing football, and when you see him play, it looks easy. You can’t coach some of the things he has. He has such a honest footballing brain, and his decision-making is extraordinary good. There are a mountain of players who have revered recipe or noted pace, but they don’t recognize when to gorge it, when to dribble, when to drama one-touch. Kaide does. He keeps the amusement simple, while knowing he has everything in his locker. He can do anything with a football, but he makes the rectify irony further often than not, which is what the boon players do.”
While it is fantastic to see Kaide Gordon obtain senior team minutes now, it’s also a juncture to moderate expectations in the near-term at least. Gordon seems probably to arise a similar alley to Harvey Elliott before him, spending a full season with the U23s before being assessed to see if a loan covenant for senior team minutes is in the cards. For now, let’s licit enjoy seeing a young man bear the following steps in what we can hope is an famous career.