For quite some time now the supporters of the third-place Newcastle United club have been curious to see what newly acquired Anthony Gordon can do.
Gordon was brought into St. James Park in the 2023 January Transfer Window for a sum of £45 million, which was one of the largest signings Manager Eddie Howe has brought in. While he’s been with the team for a few months now, his play has been lackluster and some wonder if he has what it takes to be a regular starter.
When Anthony Gordon was brought onto the Newcastle United squad, some wondered whether or not he would instantly be trusted into the starting eleven.
Unfortunately for him, that would not be the case as Howe wanted to ease the young lad into the lineup.
Since joining the team in January he’s played a maximum of 61 minutes in a contest while playing over 45 minutes just four times. Against his former team Everton, he played just four minutes in the Magpies 4-1 win.
He has also not found an assist or goal through 11 games with the club.
To add insult to injury, against Brentford his emotions got the best of him on the sideline and he was blasted by the media.
He was substituted by Howe in the second half of the game, and the 22-year-old rising star was seen shoving his manager off as he walked towards the bench. While Howe was not phased or upset at the matter, it did not look good for a player whos trying to find his footing with a new club.
But, even with all these issues and inconsistencies, he shows a lot of promise.
Newcastle United recently took on Southampton, downing them 3-1. While Gordon was not directly involved in any of the three goals scored, he heavily contributed at the start of the contest, with two shots narrowly missing the goal.
He was also able to find momentum-altering moments with his speed that led to bursts down the sideline, helping the attacking core.
Moving forward, it is likely to see him get involved with the team more. He is a player that has a lot of poise, agility and potential, and at just 22 years old, the sky is the limit for the youngster.
With a full offseason to learn from the squad and get intertwined with the culture established by Howe, there is no doubt that he has an opportunity to become a staple at St. James Park.
At this point, it is a matter of when, not if, Gordon is going to get a legitimate run for the Magpies. After investing a lot of money in him this January, they will give him the opportunity to be a game-changer at some point.
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Unfortunately, at this point in the season, it is unlikely to see him become a first-team player as Newcastle United is in top form and looking for a spot in the Champions League in the 2023-24 season.