Eddie Howe's optimistic toward Gordon's progress in Newcastle United
After failing to secure a summer move to Chelsea, Anthony Gordon faced an ill-formed run to the start of the Premier League at Everton. Amid a £40m transfer to Newcastle United, Howe believes the best is yet to come from the 21-year-old striker.
confirmed thatAnthony Gordon
has officially joined the Magpies on a long-term deal that sees the Magpies pay £40m upfront toEverton
with an additional £5m payable in potential add-ons after he handed in a transfer request to depart the 19th-placed Everton.
Ahead of Tuesday's EFL Cup semi-final second leg against Southampton, Eddie Howe told a press conference:
"He'll give us a lot.
"He's a young player with huge potential to have a big impact on our season.
"Very quick, dynamic. He's versatile and can play on both sides. The best is yet to come from him. I've got no doubts about his character. He is fiercely determined and ambitious.
"I believe he will fit our style of play. He is an incredible athlete and has the ability to run box-to-box at very high speed.
"I think he has the athletic durability that we want in our wide players. He has the passion that the fans will feed off but Anthony will have to earn that support."
On Gordon's aggressive attitude during Everton's 1-0 loss to Newcastle last October,
"It's interesting looking back at the footage, I like that he didn't stand down that day. He was aggressive.
"The supporters and his team-mates will grow to love that about him."
The English coach went on to talk aboutJonjo Shelvey
's possible transfer to Nottingham Forest:
"Jonjo has had injuries this season and certainly I would not want to lose him.
"I have to understand again, similar to Chris Wood, the player's wishes with his contract coming to an end.
"It will be very difficult to keep Jonjo currently, with where he wants his career to go. We can keep players who want to leave – there is nothing to say that every player that wants to leave you have to let go.
"But you have to take every situation independently and try to judge everything, judge what is best for him and the club.
"This is a very difficult situation. From a footballing perspective, I definitely want to keep Jonjo, I rate him highly. Jonjo I believe is talking to Nottingham Forest, I don't know what stage that is at."
With the Magpies linked with a loan move for
Howe acknowledged it would be "very difficult" to sign another player in the final days of the window.
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