Anthony Gordon can’t afford to be major flop at Newcastle after shunning Everton
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You've got to laugh at the brass neck of Anthony Gordon.
The born and bred Evertonian has become the latest badge kisser to turn his back on his hometown club when one of the first chances comes along. And to make the blood of Everton fans boil even hotter, he had the gaul to rub their noses in it in the wake of joining Newcastle in £45m deal.
Not content with skipping training before completing his switch to St James' Park, Gordon responded to a terse statement from Everton confirming his departure, by urging supporters to "stick by the team because they need you."
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In other words – do the exact opposite to what I have done. The Gwladys Street mob won't be forgiving Gordon anytime soon for ditching them in their truly desperate hour of need.
But while Gordon could have handled himself with more class and maturity, the fact is Everton remain a club unable to keep hold of their biggest talents. Think Wayne Rooney, John Stones, Romelu Lukaku and Richarlison, to name but a few.
And if we are being kind to Gordon, it appears he has the personality, self belief and touch of arrogance about him needed if he's to swim on Tyneside instead of sink. That's because Gordon has swapped one mad house for another, albeit ones at very different ends of the spectrum.
The winger got an immediate taste of what lies ahead when he was paraded on the pitch ahead of Newcastle's win over Southampton to reach the Carabao Cup final.
Gordon even wore black and white trainers in an immediate display of affection for his new home, while lapping up the adulation. And he hasn't even kicked a ball yet. Welcome to the mother of all goldfish bowls, mate.
Gordon doesn't turn 22 until later this month and far more experienced stars than him have been chewed up and spat out by Newcastle down the years.
Stephane Guivarc'h springs to mind. He joined Newcastle as a World Cup winner with France in 1998 but made just four appearance before leaving. His one goal came in a 4-1 drubbing from Liverpool.
Flaurian Thauvin was another flop. He couldn't cut the mustard on Tyneside, but went on to have great success at Marseille and was part of the France squad that won the World Cup in Russia in 2018.
Claudio Cacapa had captained Lyon to five straight Ligue 1 titles before heading to St James' Park in 2007, but lasted just 18 minutes of one game against Portsmouth before being hauled off – and was rarely seen again.
Carl Cort, meanwhile, was regarded as one of the brightest talents in English football when he joined Newcastle for £7m, but he made less than 30 appearances before leaving to join Wolves.
Football at this level has no rivals when it comes to exposing individuals' characters to the world. But there is something about Gordon that suggests he will rise to the challenge and revel in the chance to take his career to that next level.
He could become part of the club's folklore within a matter of weeks should he help Newcastle win their first trophy since 1969.
And the chances are there will be more silverware to come, because special times lie ahead for Newcastle. Gordon has a sensational opportunity ahead of him – the question is, can he take it?
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