Eddie Howe: ‘We haven’t seen the best of Anthony Gordon’

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe has publicly backed Anthony Gordon following some negative criticism regarding his performances.

Speaking before Newcastle’s Thursday night fixture versus Everton, Howe said: “We haven’t seen the best of Anthony Gordon. There is more to come from him. We have seen glimpses of what he can do.

“I am really pleased with him and I know he will be a high quality player for us in the future.”

Gordon made the €45.6m move from the Toffees in January but has failed to have a real impact at the Tyneside club since his arrival.

The 22-year-old has struggled to break into the starting 11 having only started three matches, two of which resulted in defeat.

Howe however believes the best is yet to come for the England Under-21 international and age is certainly on Gordon’s side.

The Magpies currently sit third in the Premier League, five points clear of fifth-placed Aston Villa, with two games in hand.

Should Howe’s side achieve Champions League qualification ahead of next season, it will be the first time the club have featured in the competition since 2002/03 under Sir Bobby Robson.

Mark Marston | Get Football

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