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Newcastle United Set Their Sights On This Everton Attacker: Decent Fit For Howe?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, BBC stated that Newcastle United have set their sights on Everton attacker Anthony Gordon this summer. It has been claimed that the Magpies are showing interest in recruiting the English forward but the Toffees are unwilling to sell him in this off-season.

Gordon’s Excellent Rise At Merseyside Last Season

Gordon had a brilliant campaign at Goodison Park as he produced a run of impressive performances for the Toffees in the attacking end of the field. The Liverpool-born talent made 40 appearances for Everton last season, netting four goals and securing three assists in multiple competitions.

The 21-year-old caught the eye by averaging 1.3 shots, 1.0 key passes and 1.1 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. However, he could have distributed the ball a bit better in the final third, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 74.2% in the English top-flight (stats via whoscored).

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Everton’s English striker Anthony Gordon (C) celebrates after scoring their first goal during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Brighton and Hove Albion at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on January 2, 2022. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images) The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/

Is Gordon A Decent Fit For Newcastle United Boss Eddie Howe?

Gordon excels at finding space for himself to get a few shots in on target. He can be a decent finisher in the final third when he is playing well on the field. Gordon can play as a winger on either flank or operate as an attacking midfielder down the middle if required.

The English sensation has got what it takes to create some inviting chances for his teammates in the opponent’s half. He can make a handful of energetic runs out on the wide areas. However, Gordon has to find a way to improve his link-up play in and around the opposition penalty area.

At 21, the Everton whizkid has the potential to become a future star in Premier League football. Therefore, it makes sense for the Magpies to move in for him in this off-season.

Gordon will inject more energy and dynamism into Newcastle boss Eddie Howe‘s attack. He would even increase competition for places within his match-day squad. All in all, the Toffees youngster will be a great fit for Newcastle’s brand of football. Furthermore, Gordon has the ceiling to become a fan favorite at St. James’ Park in the coming seasons.

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