Steve Bruce's verdict on Elliot Anderson's Newcastle United debut

Elliot Anderson has a “big future” ahead of him at Newcastle United, according to Steve Bruce.

The teenager made his debut in last night’s 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Arsenal.

Anderson – who has been training with the first-team squad for several months – came off the bench in the second half at the Emirates Stadium as Bruce’s side pushed for a goal.

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And the 18-year-old midfielder, from Whitley Bay, quickly settled into the third-round tie, which was decided by extra-time goals from Emile Smith Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Asked about Elliot’s debut, head coach Bruce said: “Big positive. I thought the kid was very, very good. He’s been with us, knocking on the door, for a while now, so it was good to see him making his way. He’s got a big future ahead of him, hopefully.”

Anderson – who signed a new contract on his 18th birthday, and is a youth international for Scotland – is hoping to go on to make his Premier League debut in the coming weeks.

“It’s a great feeling,” said Anderson. “To come on against a top club like Arsenal, and to play for your boyhood club, is something you dream of as a kid. I’m just really excited for the up coming games.

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"It’s everything I dreamed of as a kid, and to do it at 18 is something I’ll never forget.”

Arsenal's Cedric Soares vies with Newcastle United's Elliot Anderson.Arsenal's Cedric Soares vies with Newcastle United's Elliot Anderson.
Arsenal's Cedric Soares vies with Newcastle United's Elliot Anderson.

Anderson – whose grandfather Geoff Allen played for Newcastle – joined the club a decade ago after starting out at Wallsend Boys Club.

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