Callum Wilson jokingly suggested that Anthony Gordon and Kieran Trippier settle their differences with a boxing match to break the ice when Gordon joined Newcastle United from Everton in January. Prior to his transfer, Gordon had stirred up some controversy during his last visit to St James’ Park, engaging in a heated exchange with Trippier, Fabian Schar, Nick Pope, and Dan Burn.
Despite the initial tensions, Gordon has transformed from a polarizing figure into a beloved Newcastle fan favorite since his move to Tyneside. The black and white supporters have started to witness the 22-year-old’s outstanding abilities on the field.
Speaking on the Footballer’s Football Podcast, Wilson described Gordon as a “good guy” and felt responsible for ensuring he settled in well since they shared the same agency. Wilson admitted that Gordon had irritated him during their previous encounter, and he was curious to understand Gordon’s personality better.
Wilson reminisced about their encounter with Everton, where tempers flared between Dan Burn, Fab Schar, Kieran Trippier, and Nick Pope, with Gordon at the center of the controversy. Wilson explained that he wasn’t even involved in the altercation but was bothered by Gordon’s behavior from a distance.
Upon Gordon’s arrival at Newcastle, Wilson playfully suggested a boxing match between Gordon and Trippier to address their previous on-field dispute. It was a light-hearted way to defuse any lingering tension and allow the two players to reconcile.
Wilson expressed his satisfaction with Gordon’s arrival, emphasizing the importance of new additions adapting to the tight-knit environment of the dressing room. He noted that players, regardless of their on-field personas, tend to change and fit in when they join a new team. Wilson also acknowledged that people’s on-field perceptions can be quite different from their true personalities off the pitch.
In the end, Wilson stressed that football players typically get along well with one another, and the dressing room environment is welcoming to newcomers, even if they initially have a challenging on-field demeanor.