After an impressive unbeaten run, the Toffees have suffered back-to-back defeats against Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, and face another tricky game against Eddie Howe’s high-flying side this evening.
Lampard’s side struggled for any real creativity in their last outing at Spurs, failing to register a single shot on target against the north London outfit, but should look a lot more dangerous against the Magpies if Anthony Gordon is unleashed, as is expected upon his return.
The England U21 international missed the trip to Spurs through suspension but is back in contention for Lampard ahead of Newcastle, which is undoubtedly a significant boost to Everton’s chances.
The 21-year-old is Everton’s top scorer in the Premier League so far this season with two goals, while he also ranks second for shots per game, emphasising the threat he poses in the final third.
There is also an added incentive for Gordon to impress at St James’ Park, as Newcastle were reportedly very interested in signing him during the summer and while Everton fans won’t be hoping that he is out to earn a future transfer, he certainly won’t be struggling for motivation to be at his best for Wednesday’s fixture.
Alan Shearer, who may be hoping that Gordon doesn’t perform against his old side, was full of praise for the Everton star last season, saying:
“A young man that has been causing quite a bit of excitement is Anthony Gordon.
“Everton fans have really gotten behind the winger who has shown passion and plenty of ability in what has been a tough season for the Toffees.
“I’ve personally been impressed by his fearless attitude, he’s not afraid to get stuck in and he tries to make things happen going forward, putting plenty of crosses into the box.”
Given that Gordon has already scored 50% of the goals he managed in the Premier League last season, the £10k-per-week earner looks on track for a big campaign with the Toffees, and Lampard will no doubt be delighted to unleash him again in such a tough game, especially when he will have a big point to prove against his summer suitors.