Newcastle linked Anthony Gordon is the quickest player in the Premier League so far
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Newcastle linked Anthony Gordon is the quickest player in the Premier League so far

Newcastle wanted to sign Anthony Gordon during the summer, and he has been named the quickest player in the Premier League so far this season.

The Magpies spent a large part of the summer transfer window searching for a winger, with Dan Ashworth looking for a young wide player who could improve Eddie Howe’s squad. They wanted someone young too who could develop and improve at St James’ Park.

And one player who Newcastle looked at was Gordon. The Everton academy graduate enjoyed a lively season last time out, and was one of the few stars in a poor Toffees team.

It led to interest from the North East, with Newcastle reportedly making a £35million bid for the Scouser. However, it was rejected by Everton.

Frank Lampard’s side were able to keep hold of Gordon despite interest from Newcastle, and they also fended off big offers from Chelsea.

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Gordon has once again impressed in a struggling Everton team, scoring three goals so far. And his pace has caused real problems too.

In fact, he has been named the quickest player in the Premier League so far. The league’s social media channels have posted a graphic of the quickest players so far this season, and Gordon is top of the pile.

He has achieved a speed of 36.6km/h, which puts him narrowly ahead of Darwin Nunez and Erling Haaland.

No Newcastle players feature in the top five, despite Howe boasting some very quick players. But the likes of Allan Saint-Maximin, Miguel Almiron or Joe Willock are nowhere to be seen – seemingly not as fast as Gordon this season.

If Gordon had arrived at Newcastle, it would have been intriguing to see how he would have done under Howe. The Toon boss has improved so many players, and probably could have raised Gordon’s game even further.

However, he might not have been a popular arrival on Tyneside.

Besides from Jordan Pickford, Gordon is normally the villain when Newcastle and Everton meet nowadays. The 21-year-old clashed with Toon players last season at St James’ Park, and the same happened this season.

Gordon went down claiming a penalty after a challenge from Dan Burn. Then he exchanged words with Kieran Trippier, leading to the the Everton youth booting off. It caused a bit of a brawl in front of the Gallowgate, with Fabian Schar, Bruno Guimaraes and more getting involved.

If Newcastle were to reignite their interest and bring Gordon to St James’ Park, he might have a job on his hands making friends.

But his speed would at least cause problems.