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Newcastle will need to pay £50m to sign Everton’s Anthony Gordon

An update has emerged on Newcastle United target Anthony Gordon and his availability in the summer transfer window… 

What’s the talk?

Ben Jacobs has claimed that the England youth international is valued at around £50m after Chelsea had an offer turned down for his services.

The journalist has also refused to rule out a Magpies swoop for the winger as those behind the scenes on Tyneside rate the talented attacker.

He Tweeted: “Everton value Anthony Gordon at £50m and were clear with Spurs and Newcastle that they wouldn’t entertain a sale unless that valuation was met. #CFC‘s £40m bid has been rejected. Chelsea considering their next move.”

The reporter then added: “The other point to make is if it becomes apparent Everton will sell (a change of stance), don’t rule out #NUFC making a real push again. They were put off by the valuation, & Everton dismissive of their bid. But Eddie Howe and Dan Ashworth really like Gordon.”

Get it done

Newcastle must now reignite their interest, and make the “real push” that Jacobs believes they are capable of, to beat Chelsea to the signing of the young winger this summer.

At the age of 21, the attacker – who David Unsworth once dubbed “unbelievable” – has shown signs of great promise on the wing and could offer Howe a different option to Allan Saint-Maximin on the left that could improve the team out of possession.

For all of his fancy footwork and trickery out wide, the Frenchman leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to his work off the ball. Over the last 365 days, he ranks in the bottom percentile in both pressures applied and tackles attempted per 90 in Europe’s top five leagues out of all of the players in his position, whilst also being in the 4th percentile for blocks and clearances.

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Gordon, meanwhile, is exceptional in the work that he puts in for his team out of possession. He ranks in the 96th percentile for pressures and tackles respectively per 90, whilst also being in the 99th percentile for blocks and the 34th for clearances.

These statistics show that the Everton man is one of the best wingers in Europe when it comes to putting the hard yards in off the ball to help his team. He is constantly putting pressure on opposition players and making blocks and tackles to defend from the front. 

Boreham Wood boss Luke Garrard dubbed him a frightening prospect for any defence and his work rate out of possession will leave opposition players scared as they know that he has the pace and know-how to close them down quickly.

Whilst his two goals and four assists are inferior to Saint-Maximin’s five goals and five assists last term, he is four years younger than the French attacker and has time on his side to add that to his game.

He could develop under Howe and become an important cog in the Newcastle forward line for many years to come, which is why they must reignite their interest in the £50m wizard.