Steve Bruce reveals his thinking on Newcastle United's Elliot Anderson
Elliot Anderson made an appearance on Newcastle United’s bench against Arsenal.
The teenager was an unused substitute for last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at St James’s Park.
Anderson – who made his senior debut in January after being promoted to the first-team squad by Steve Bruce early in the season – is one of the club’s brightest talents.
But will he get on to the pitch between now and the end of the season?
The story so far
Even if he doesn’t player another minute of Premier League football this season, Anderson, a dynamic, technically-gifted player with good vision and an eye for a goal, will have still had a phenomenal season.
The 18-year-old signed a professional deal on his birthday in November – and he’s been a regular on the scoresheet for the club’s Under-23 side.
Anderson, however, has been training with Bruce’s squad most of the time – and he quickly earned the respect of his senior team-mates.
A senior debut followed in January – he came off the bench in an FA Cup tie away to Arsenal – and he also got on to the pitch late in the Premier League game between the two sides at the Emirates Stadium a week later.
Anderson, however, hasn’t featured since then, though he has played at Under-23 and Under-18 level.
Anderson, a natural No.10, didn’t get on to the pitch when Bruce was without Callum Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron a couple of months ago.
Now they are all fit, there are even more players ahead of Anderson, who started out at Wallsend Boys Club.
Asked by the Gazette if Anderson would get any minutes on the pitch before the end of the campaign, Bruce said: “There’s a chance.
"We understand that he’s making big strides. He’s only 18, the boy, but he’s in and around us. Yeah, he might get a chance before the end of the season. I’ll look at it, and what we’ve got. We’ve got our big players fit at the top of the pitch, of course, in Allan, Callum and Joelinton. He’s got fierce competition.”