Newcastle United: Renton gives verdict on Gordon links
Journalist Matthew Renton has said that he’s ‘not a fan’ of the rumours surrounding Anthony Gordon and a potential switch to Newcastle United.
The Lowdown: Newcastle linked with Gordon
According to the Daily Mail, Eddie Howe’s side believes that a cash deal for Gordon could be accepted by Everton, who are looking to improve their squad this January.
Prior to this weekend, the English star has featured in 16 Premier League matches this season, scoring three goals.
Gordon was given plenty of game time for Frank Lampard’s side last season, playing 35 league games and providing six goal contributions.
The Latest: Renton not keen on Gordon move
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Renton said that he wasn’t keen on Newcastle signing the Everton wide-man as he still has a lot to improve on. However, he admitted that the 21-year-old does have the potential to be a very good player in the future.
He stated: “I’m not a huge fan of this Anthony Gordon rumour, to be honest with you. I was last summer a bit more, but again, seeing him this season, sometimes he goes missing in games, I don’t think his finishing’s that good, his attitude isn’t great. Not a lot going for him there.
“He’s got bags of potential, he’s very direct, full of pace, can beat a man. But loads of players can do that – we’ve got Allan Saint-Maximin who can do that.”
The Verdict: NUFC shouldn’t sign Gordon
We believe that signing Anthony Gordon wouldn’t be a good move for Newcastle, as he’s not proven himself to be worthy of a potentially high price tag.
It was reported by Sky Sports last summer that Chelsea was prepared to submit a £60m bid for the player after Everton rejected a previous bid of around £45m.
The Toffees may accept a lower fee for Gordon now given their desperate situation in the league and the fact that Gordon has hardly blossomed this term, but even at half his previous price tag, a player who has seven Premier League goals in his last two seasons would not be a smart investment, in our view.
Gordon could well be up for a move out of the blue half of Merseyside as some Toffees fans tried to roadblock the player and shouted at him demanding that he leaves the club following their recent defeat to Southampton.
He may feel he’s no longer wanted at the club and be open to a move elsewhere, while Newcastle are certainly a side who have been flying high as of late and could therefore be an attractive destination.
Howe’s side are currently fighting for a place in the top four, and if all goes well, could be playing Champions League football next season.
Gordon may well be enticed by the prospect of playing in that competition or even the Europa League with the Toon next term, so we would be interested to see if the Magpies maintain their interest over the next 10 days.