Newcastle United tried to sign Anthony Gordon during the summer transfer window, and now the Magpies are preparing to face the Everton youngster.
The Toffees arrive at St James’ Park on Wednesday night, and will have the 21-year-old in their squad. He missed Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham due to suspension, but is available to take on Eddie Howe’s side.
Gordon was at the heart of the action in both games between Newcastle and Everton last season, and will hope to play an important role underneath the lights on Wednesday.
However, he very easily could have been playing in black and white rather than blue.
Newcastle wanted Gordon in the summer
The Toon owners tried desperately to bring in a winger during the summer transfer window. Plenty of names were linked, ranging from Moussa Diaby to Jack Harrison. And another target was Everton’s academy graduate.
In the end, he remained at Goodison Park. Both Newcastle and Chelsea missed out, and Gordon has since enjoyed a decent start to the new season with Everton. The Liverpudlian, who was previously called ‘explosive‘ by Rafa Benitez, has scored twice this season in draws with Leeds and Brentford.
And perhaps a decent performance at St James’ Park could make him a transfer target for Howe once again in the future.
Strong performance could earn him future move
Newcastle are still on the lookout for a winger ahead of the January transfer window. There have been rumours of a potential move for Shakhtar Donetsk star Mykhaylo Mudryk.
But Gordon could play himself back into Dan Ashworth’s plans with a strong performance on Wednesday night.
His direct style gets fans on the edge of their seats, and he clearly has a lot of potential to get better. With some fine tuning and improved end product, Gordon could be a real star in the Premier League.
He fits the profile of what the Newcastle recruitment team are looking for. And a good performance at St James’ Park against Howe’s side could see him possibly shoot up the shortlist.