May 16, 2024

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: Anthony Gordon of Newcastle United interacts with Eddie Howe, Manager of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Newcastle United at Brentford Community Stadium on April 08, 2023 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

On Thursday night, Everton welcomes Newcastle United to Goodison Park with the goal of winning back-to-back games


 

Anthony Gordon believes his upcoming return to Goodison Park to face Everton will be “no different” to any other game.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 06: Anthony Gordon of Everton in action during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Chelsea FC at Goodison Park on August 06, 2022 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The 22-year-old left the Blues for Newcastle United during the January transfer window in a deal worth up to £45million, having submitted a transfer request in an attempt to force through an exit.

Gordon first returned to the home of Everton back in April, appearing as a late substitute in a 4-1 win for Newcastle, and is poised to do the same again on Thursday evening.

Looking ahead to this game and what this occasion will represent for him on a personal level, the English forward played down this head-to-head against his former employers but admitted he and his team-mates are aware of “the environment” awaiting them on Merseyside.

Former Everton winger, Anthony GordonFormer Everton winger, Anthony Gordon

“This game coming up is no different for me than any other,” Gordon told NUFC TV. He added: “It’s another game I’m looking to perform in and win the game. We’re in a really good place. We know the environment we’re going to go into on Thursday. It’s no secret and we need to be ready for that. It’s going to be a challenging game and one that we’re looking to win.”

One player the Toon Army will not be able to call upon is first-choice goalkeeper Nick Pope, who is facing an extended spell on the sidelines after suffering a shoulder dislocation in his side’s 1-0 victory over Manchester United on Saturday evening.

A latest report by the Telegraph has now suggested Pope could now be sidelined for five months, ensuring he could also miss Newcastle’s second game versus Everton in April.

 

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