Newcastle unearth their own Mbappe in Chelsea demolition
Of course, the comparison between the Frenchman and the Englishman is an exaggeration, but that didn't stop a journalist from asking Magpies boss Eddie Howe whether Gordon was, in a way, Newcastle's Mbappe.
Howe didn't shirk the chance to heap praise on his winger after yet another outstanding performance at the weekend against Chelsea that saw him net a lovely goal as the Blues were put to the sword 4-1. “He’s been in great form for us," Howe said, as relayed by GFFN. "We knew we signed a player with huge potential, with passing and technical ability. When you look at his last game, he scored a brilliant goal."
“We’re encouraging him to keep adding valuable goal contributions. He is a unique player who has a high physical output every week, playing on the edge as a fierce competitor. His emergence has been quite quick this year, and I’m sure [England boss] Gareth [Southgate] will pick him in the future.”
Ultimately, the comparisons between the ex-Everton man and the PSG megastar end once you look beyond them both being left-wingers. Gordon's respectable output of five goals and three assists in 12 Premier League games is nothing compared to Mbappe's 14 goals and two assists in 12 Ligue 1 matches.
Yet, when Gordon gets going, there is an air of Mbappe about him simply in that he can be unstoppable on his day. His speed and technical ability make him a dangerous weapon and if, as Howe said, he produces goal contributions more consistently, there is no reason to believe he can't become a European star.
Ahead of Newcastle's trip to the Parc des Princes, Gordon was singled out as the biggest threat to PSG and Mbappe. It's a must-win game for the Magpies and if they can recapture the form they showed when they demolished the Ligue 1 side 4-1 earlier in the season, the headlines could once again be about Anthony Gordon, Newcastle's Scouse Mbappe.