Jamie Carragher names two ‘main’ reasons why Anthony Gordon is now on ‘another level’ at Newcastle

Anthony Gordon has risen as a standout performer for Newcastle United this season after facing initial challenges at St James’ Park. Jamie Carragher has commended the forward’s transformation, attributing it to the impact of Harvey Barnes’ arrival and England’s success in the under-21 European Championships. Despite a difficult start after joining in January, Gordon has become a notable star in the current campaign, scoring four goals, including a controversial winner against Arsenal.


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During Sky Sports’ coverage of the recent match at St James’ Park, Carragher selected Gordon as the man-of-the-match over Joelinton. Carragher emphasized the significant improvement in the 22-year-old’s performance in the final third, suggesting that he is now operating at the level of some of the Premier League’s top players.

Reflecting on Gordon’s progress, Carragher identified two key factors contributing to his elevated performance. Firstly, he highlighted Gordon’s outstanding performance in the under-21 European Championships during the summer, where he played a crucial role in England winning the trophy. Secondly, Carragher pointed to the positive influence of Harvey Barnes, stating that the arrival of the fellow forward has elevated Gordon’s game. Examining Gordon’s career, Carragher noted the impact of his 80 previous appearances, including those for Newcastle and Everton, emphasizing the positive trajectory of his current form.

“You look at goals, assists, 432 minutes per goal or assist, and the difference between now and May.” Consider how far that number has dropped: 123 minutes for a goal or an assist. That puts him on par with some of the Premier League’s best players.”

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