Anthony Gordon has admitted that he thinks about getting his first Everton goal "every day".

The winger was handed his first Premier League start of the campaign just before the international break against Manchester United and put in a great performance as his side drew 1-1.

After breaking through into the senior setup shortly after the return from lockdown, the 20-year-old is still looking for his debut goal for the first team.

However, it's something that is always playing on his mind.

Gordon admitted: "Every day, I think about it. I try not to and people tell me not to.

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"A lot of the players have been through these patches and things like that so I talk about it with them, the likes of Andros and stuff.

"But yeah I can't lie, I think about it every day. How it would feel and celebrating with the fans."

There was talk that Gordon could potentially leave Everton on loan once more in the summer, having spent last term temporarily with Preston North End.

However, his time with the Championship side across 2020/21 didn't go as planned and he returned having made just 11 appearances in all competitions.

But, the 20-year-old has explained why he stayed with the Blues this time around, rather than leaving for another temporary spell away from Goodison Park.

"I always knew it was a possibility because my last loan didn't go so well but I also felt from pre-season that, with how I was training, I felt ready to be involved this year," he added.

"I knew that any opportunities that came my way, I felt ready to go on and take them. I knew [a loan] was a possibility but it wasn't where my head was at and I knew I was ready and I showed that.

"That's why I stayed."

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Andros Townsend was the man who bagged Everton's equaliser against Manchester United last time out.

In celebrating the goal, the Everton summer signing imitated a celebration made famous by Cristiano Ronaldo - who had been introduced to the match shortly before.

If Gordon had been the man to put the ball in the net, he's revealed he would have done the same thing.

The winger commented: "Yeah, a few of the lads spoke about it on the bus. I think I spoke to Andros as well asking if he'd do it, and I was thinking to myself that I'd do it if I scored.

"We had a little conversation about it. It's no disrespect to Ronaldo, it's big respect, some might take it out of context but it's just because Andros said he's his idol. It's with respect to Ronaldo."

The Manchester United star, who sensationally returned to the club this summer, has attracted the eye of many fans and players alike in the opening weeks of the season.

And Gordon has explained the example the Portugal international sets for his peers, and the work the 20-year-old does outside of Finch Farm to try and replicate that standard.

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The Everton man said: "He’s THE example for me. He was the first to do it, in terms of looking after himself, and I think people now really pay attention to that.

"You see the pictures of him. I don’t know how old he is, maybe 36 or 37, but his body is better than anyone’s because of the way he looks after himself.

"He was one of the first to look after himself at such a high level and now everyone looks at him and thinks ‘I’d love to look like that when I’m 37.’

"I do a few of the things he’s doing. The game has evolved so much. Everyone is fitter and stronger and quicker. If you can get an edge on the opposition then it’s massive. That could be the difference.

"I pride myself on that. My diet and the gym work I do is all methodical and I really pay attention to it."