The talented 'role model' set to lead Newcastle United out at St James's Park
Elliot Anderson’s not made Steve Bruce’s first-team squad in recent weeks.
However, the midfielder will be back on centre stage tomorrow night when he leads out Newcastle United’s Under-18s against Aston Villa at St James’s Park in an FA Youth Cup quarter-final (7pm kick-off).
Anderson – who made his senior debut in January after impressing head coach Steve Bruce in training – scored a dramatic extra-time winner against Watford in the last round.
Coach Neil Winskill hopes Anderson and his team-mates can take the club to the last four of the prestigious competition for the first time in 11 years.
"It's a brilliant occasion for them,” said Winskill. “It’s kept the season bubbling along, rather than it just fizzling out. It’s a brilliant experience. They cannot wait. It’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities at this moment in time.
"We know we’ve got a good group. We know we’ve got some good, technical footballers.
"We know as well we have to work hard with them on the out-of-possession stuff, and, I think, in every round so far they’ve proved to everybody that when the going gets tough they can dig in and defend well.”
On 18-year-old Anderson’s form, Winskill said: "I’m delighted for him/ I’m not surprise, because I’ve works with him since he was 14. He’s a real role model and example to the rest of the players at the Academy.”
The club is being streamed live on YouTube by the club, which last won the FA Youth Cup in 1985 when Paul Gascoigne was coming up through the ranks.