How Callum Wilson immediately confronted Anthony Gordon Newcastle grudge after Everton move
Callum Wilson strolled into the canteen on Anthony Gordon’s first day and wasted no time addressing the elephant in the room.
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Callum Wilson shared the hilarious first meeting between himself and Anthony Gordon when he addressed the elephant in the room in front of Newcastle United defender Kieran Trippier.
Gordon arrived at St. James' Park for £45 million from Everton on January 30, bolstering Eddie Howe's options in midfield and the final third of the pitch.
A tricky winger who often draws tackles and fouls from full-backs, both Newcastle fans and players were already familiar with the Englishman. Gordon very much became the pantomime villain when Everton visited Newcastle in October last year and held a similar role in previous clashes.
Speaking on the BBC Sounds' Footballer's Football Podcast, Wilson admitted that Kieran Trippier and Gordon hadn't necessarily seen eye-to-eye on the pitch before.
He said: "Obviously there was a bit of history beforehand between Tripps, Gordon and our defence because of when we played Everton earlier in the season. I think something happened and he kicked out or something like that, as you do when you're a young player.
"When you're on the pitch you can't really judge a character because everyone changes personality. I had to put out a little post didn't I, saying if you can't beat them you've got to join them.
"When I met him I walked into the canteen and he was sitting at the table next to Tripps, me being me, I threw a little hand grenade and said, 'when we getting the boxing gloves out lads?' They burst out laughing. We're all professional, you welcome any top player."
Gordon made his debut for the Magpies in the 1-1 draw against West Ham on Saturday, coming on off the bench in the second half.
Speaking after the game, Eddie Howe said: "Very pleased. Your first action here at St James’ Park is important. His first pass was a brilliant one, he injected some life into us at a time where we needed it in the game.
“(I’m) disappointed for him that we couldn’t get him in the box and see what he can do closer to goal but he did really well when he came on.”