Eddie Howe praises Elliot Anderson for his performance vs Tranmere
Eddie Howe praises Elliot Anderson for his performance vs Tranmere Rovers
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Eddie Howe praises Elliot Anderson for his performance vs Tranmere Rovers

Eddie Howe handed Elliot Anderson his first ever Newcastle United start last night, and the youngster didn’t disappoint.

After impressing in pre-season, the 19-year-old has been forced to watch on from the bench in the Premier League.

However, the Carabao Cup presented an opportunity, and he started in midfield alongside Sean Longstaff and Joe Willock.

Before last night, Anderson’s only two competitive appearances came off the bench late in games against Arsenal at the beginning of 2021.

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Now buoyed by his loan spell at Bristol Rovers, he’s back and more confident than ever, and justified his place in the Newcastle starting XI.

Howe on Anderson vs Tranmere

After the game, Howe spoke to NUFC TV. He addressed Anderson’s performance, and praised the academy graduate for his impact on the cup tie.

“Very well,” Howe said when asked about how he thought the teenager played.

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“The pleasing thing was that he wanted the ball the whole game. He was always trying to find a way to influence the match. He had a few chances. Worked incredibly hard. I think he can be very pleased.”

Anderson justified his selection

While Newcastle didn’t play particularly well in the first half on Wednesday night, Anderson was the one bright spark. He had a couple of openings that could have led to him scoring his first ever Newcastle goal.

The most important aspect of his game, as Howe says, was how positive he was in possession. He picked it up in good areas, and looking to hurt the opposition. His work rate was impressive too, battling off the ball.

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Another impressive part of his game was his physicality. Tranmere did their best to rough Newcastle up and impose themselves, but Anderson stood up to it. He was rarely shoved off the ball, and used his body well.

That kind of physicality can make or break young players making the step up to senior football. But Anderson already looks like he can handle himself.

While he faded in the second half before being subbed off, Anderson should be very happy with his display. It will hopefully lead to some minutes in the Premier League in the coming weeks.

If not, he will be already eyeing up a start in the next round of the Carabao Cup at home to Crystal Palace.