Even Pep Guardiola seemed to be cheering for the 22-year-old Newcastle player.

Even Pep Guardiola seemed to be cheering for the 22-year-old Newcastle player.

Tonight against Manchester City, Newcastle United introduced Anthony Gordon at halftime, and the 22-year-old once more altered the course of the match.

Anthony Gordon’s introduction at halftime and Newcastle’s control of the match against Manchester City are probably not coincidences.

Lewis Hall and Lewis Miley were replaced by Gordon and Bruno Guimaraes at halftime after Newcastle struggled to gain any sort of momentum in the first half.

For the second consecutive game, Gordon’s entrance altered the outcome.

Similar to what he did after coming off the bench on Sunday, Gordon injected new life into the team and got the crowd clapping with a spectacular challenge on Mateo Kovacic in front of the dugout.

While Gordon spent the entire first half chasing after the ball as though it belonged to him, the challenge he made on Kovacic was so excellent that even Pep Guardiola seemed to be cheering it on.

Don Goodman, who was doing commentary for Sky Sports, noticed what Pep did and commented, saying: “I don’t know whether Pep Guardiola was applauding Ajanki or Anthony Gordon’s aggression and intent in that challenge.
He appeared to be cheering Anthony Gordon, though.

Even Kovacic appeared to find Gordon’s challenge impressive.

Kovacic was literally sliding through Gordon’s legs because he attacked him so quickly. The Man City midfielder even smiled at the cameras as if he still couldn’t believe what had just happened.

The former Everton winger, who put a lot of effort into improving his fitness over the summer, has emerged as one of Eddie Howe’s team’s most crucial players this year.

As a result of Harvey Barnes’s potential two-month absence, Gordon will likely start more games than Eddie Howe had anticipated.
Gordon will therefore have to heavily rely on his physical fitness.
However, he appears ready for it.


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