Eddie Howe on Newcastle United's 'biggest bright spark'

Elliot Anderson made an impression on Eddie Howe during Newcastle United’s win over 1860 Munich.

United's head coach felt that his team was “lethargic” before the break, though Anderson, back from a half-season loan at Bristol Rovers, stood out.

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"I think he's done really well,” said Howe. “He's come back with a real enthusiasm and desire to do well, and show us how much he's progressed since his loan spell. I thought he was probably the biggest bright spark we had during that first half, which was a difficult one for us.

"I've been really impressed by him. He's quite quiet within the group, but is a very steely, determined lad who wants to do well. We really like."

Asked about Anderson’s physical development, Howe said: "I think that's probably been the biggest development. He looks like he has the ability now to go box to box, to compete not just in possession, but out of possession with duels.

"I thought he pressed well during the first half. I think we've seen a real growth in his endurance levels."

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Newcastle United's Elliot Anderson.

Howe put his international players on for the final 60 minutes.

"That was the plan for those players," said Howe. “The international boys playing half an hour looked fresher – and their performance was very, very good. We're very pleased with the last part of the game. The first 60 minutes, as I say, I think we were a little bit fatigued."