There were so many standout performers for Newcastle United against Aston Villa, and Alan Shearer has singled out one of the more unsung heroes.

Sandro Tonali hogged the headlines with a man of the performance, while Alexander Isak made a real impression by scoring two of Newcastle’s five goals on Saturday.

We also saw a brilliant cameo from Harvey Barnes, but it was the man who he replaced who Shearer singled out for praise during BBC Match Of The Day.

Anthony Gordon started the game on the left wing for Newcastle, and continued his excellent form from pre-season.

The 22-year-old was fantastic all summer, but it has been clear that he needed to add goals and assists to his game when the Premier League season kicked off.

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He did exactly that on Saturday, setting up Newcastle’s opening goal in the sixth minute. Gordon’s left-footed cross was met by Tonali, who scored on his debut.

Alan Shearer really impressed with ‘magnificent’ Anthony Gordon

Tonali was the star for Newcastle, but Shearer took time to praise Gordon for his efforts during Saturday night’s edition of Match Of The Day.

“There were some impressive performances at St James’ Park from Newcastle players,” he said.

“I thought Gordon was superb.”

Shearer added: “I mentioned Gordon. Great work here from him. Gives the ball. Gets it again in behind from Joelinton. The left foot cross is just magnificent.”

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Great start to the season for the Newcastle winger

Gordon got the assist that his performance deserved, and he could have got more. He nearly set up Tonali again but the Italian’s effort was saved, while his pass eventually allowed Isak to score his second goal of the game.

It was a decisive performance from Gordon, who deserves every bit of praise coming his way from Shearer.

His cross for Tonali’s goal was excellent, and showcased his ability to use both feet. The Scouser primarily uses his right foot, but it was his left that did the damage against Aston Villa.

Many are predicting a big season from Gordon, and he could not have asked for a better start. He will be defined by his goal contributions, and he already has one to his name.

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