Anthony Gordon has already told Liverpool he can achieve trophy ambitions at Newcastle

Let’s be honest, for far too many years any Newcastle United footballer with an ambition to win trophies knew they would have leave St James’ Park to achieve his goals.

Apart from two glorious but brief spells under Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson, the Magpies’ ambitions on the pitch have fallen well short of those in the stands. Even those halcyon days under King Kev and Sir Bobby failed to add to the trophy cabinet.

Over the year the Magpies faithful have seen too many of their idols move on to reach their potential. From 80s heroes Chris Waddle, Peter Beardsley and Paul Gascoigne to more recent exits such as Yohan Cabaye, Andy Carroll and Gini Wijnaldum, the cream of the crop was often skimmed off for others.

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So when one of the very best of the current crop – Anthony Gordon – is linked with a move to Premier League rivals Liverpool, you can forgive a few alarm bells ringing among the Newcastle fans.

Except . . . we all know these are very different days. Yes, financial fair play rules mean the possibility of having to sell a top player cannot be ruled out, but if – and it remains a big if – the club end up going down this road, it will only be approved so the money can be reinvested in the squad.

It’s all about ambition, and Newcastle United have plenty of it. It’s something Gordon has already acknowledged. After all, United went in big to prise him away from Everton in January 2023. The Magpies knew they wanted the young forward and pulled out all the stops the clinch his signature.

They have been rewarded with a series of performances of the very highest level from Gordon, who has gone on to win his first senior caps for England. Has anyone done more in black-and-white this season? No wonder Liverpool are reportedly interested in the 23-year-old.

In years gone by, the Anfield club could offer Gordon everything he wants as a player, and they still can. However, while they are more established when it comes to challenging at the top end of the Premier League and Europe’s elite competitions, Newcastle can easily match anything they could tempt Gordon with.

The player himself said as much in an interview with Gary Neville on his Overlap podcast. Speaking about why he chose Newcastle when leaving Everton – Chelsea had also been linked – Gordon revealed the ambition and desire that runs deep within him.

“Leaving Everton didn’t need to go the way that it did,” he said. “A lot of what you see in the media is club driven and I didn’t care too much to change the perspective because I’m comfortable in myself and how it ended, and ultimately, I got what I wanted by joining Newcastle.

“I did want to leave, but also the club did have to sell me. The way it was played out was that I was desperate to leave which wasn’t the case, but I wanted to fulfil my ambitions and ultimately, I never bothered too much about wanting to change people’s minds. If they believe what they’ve read, then that’s fine with me.

“Leaving Everton is much harder than people perceive it to be. On the outside looking in, they just think I want to leave – that’s it, it’s done. It was of course difficult, but ultimately, I’m desperate to get to where I need to get to where my ambition takes control. When I get opportunities like Newcastle, I was never ever going to say no.”

When asked about Newcastle’s chances of winning a trophy, Gordon again showed just why he opted to move to St James’ Park – albeit admitting scoring the winner for England in the Euros could maybe eclipse that club ambition.

“That is hard! Based on the question, I’m going to go with the Newcastle goal,” he added. “I think, when we win a trophy, it’s going to be absolutely crazy. And I think that team will forever be legends, within the club. But if it was to score the winner in the Euros for England – the answer changes.

“Yeah, one million percent we will win a trophy at Newcastle, honestly, I felt like we would this year, but our cup draws were absolutely mad. I actually thought it was a bit of banter at the end of it, when we got City in the last one, I was like ‘oh my God’.”

Once upon a time, those ambitions would sound a warning to the Newcastle faithful, but not any more. This side may still be work in progress and there will be more bumps along the way, but when it comes to matching ambition, Gordon knows his own drive is equalled at every level of the club.

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