Newcastle: Gabriel Agbonlahor calls out Anthony Gordon live on air
Gabriel Agbonlahor has slammed Newcastle United ace Anthony Gordon for the way he forced his move to the club.
The Lowdown: Gordon caused a scene
It’s safe to say that Gordon didn’t leave Everton in the best of ways, having not turned up to training for several days in a row as he sought to push through his move to high-flying Newcastle.
While that did indeed work for the young winger, who got ‘goosebumps‘ when taking in his first game as a Newcastle player in midweek, it certainly hasn’t gone down well within the media – particularly pundits on TalkSport.
Martin Keown and Agbonlahor have now both dug out Gordon live on air about the way he acted during his final few days as an Everton player, although considering he ended up getting his big-money move, it’s unlikely he will care much about what people think.
The Latest: Agbonlahor unimpressed with Gordon’s actions
Agbonlahor didn’t hold back in his criticism of Gordon live on TalkSport, claiming he wouldn’t have done that to his boyhood club when he was a young player at Aston Villa.
He said: “I didn’t like it one bit. I feel that he’s been at Everton since he was 11, similar to me being at Aston Villa when I was 11.
“When I was 21, it wouldn’t be in my dreams to force through a move.
“I understand players want to move and better themselves, and win trophies, and go to clubs that are doing better – leave that to your agent to do behind the scenes.
“Turn up to training. Everton have made you what you are through the youth setup, given you your debut – you’ve become who you are because of Everton.
Will Gordon be a success at Newcastle?
“When the going’s getting tough, don’t not turn up to training. I know you’ve not been playing under Lampard recently, it can be frustrating, and maybe the move is good for Everton and good for Anthony Gordon.
“But to not turn up for training for your club, to me, was unforgivable.”
The Verdict: Gordon just got to focus on Newcastle
The speedy winger now just has to crack on and get down to business with his new teammates, as he could well be in line for a start on Saturday night against West Ham following Bruno Guimaraes’ red card against Southampton.
While Gordon may wish he didn’t need to skip training at Everton to get his transfer to Tyneside, if he believes that was the only way to get it done, people now have to accept his decisions and actions.
It’s safe to say that Gordon won’t likely receive a warm reception when he returns to Goodison Park with Newcastle, but he must park all of that and any other external noise to the side and focus on improving his game, as he’ll know there are no guarantees that he will be a starter anytime soon for the Magpies given the form they’ve been in this season.