Elliot Anderson has earned the trust of Newcastle boss Eddie Howe
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Elliot Anderson has earned the trust of Newcastle boss Eddie Howe

Elliot Anderson made a huge difference for Newcastle off the bench against Crystal Palace, and has received a lot of praise from manager Eddie Howe.

The 19-year-old came on in the 70th minute to replace Ryan Fraser, playing on the left wing for the final 20 minutes of the game.

And the local lad certainly had an impact, helping pile on the pressure late in the game with his desire to make things happen.

However, it didn’t lead to a winner. It ended 0-0, with VAR inevitably robbing Newcastle of three points after chalking off a perfectly legitimate goal.

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But away from the controversy, Anderson’s performance was hugely encouraging. And it had Howe talking after the game.

Howe on Anderson vs Palace

The Newcastle boss spoke to NUFC TV after the full time whistle, and had some kind words to say about Anderson.

“It was a really good performance from him today,” Howe said.

“The most pleasing thing is that it was a home game, there was a lot of pressure and the game was in the balance. I trusted him to come on off the back of his performances he’s given recently. I think you earn trust, and he’s done that. 

“The most pleasing thing is that he’s on the pitch and wants the ball and wants to make a difference. He believes he is capable of turning the game in our favour. I think that’s a brilliant thing for a young player to have.

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“And he nearly did as well, because of real moments of quality on that left wing position. He can be really pleased.”

An impact player for Newcastle

After starting the season on the bench and not getting off it, Anderson has now featured in Newcastle’s past four games – and made a difference in each.

He started at Tranmere and was the Magpies’ most creative player after Kieran Trippier.

Then he was a late substitute against Wolves and nearly won it for his boyhood club. The youngster hit the bar with a header, and won a late free-kick on the edge of the box that was eventually missed.

He was dangerous coming off the bench against Liverpool too, and almost had a chance to score again.

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This time he played longer, and once again was a real threat. He was brave in possession, playing forward and trying to make something happen. He showed confidence too, begging to get the ball back and playing it off teammates so he could make something happen.

Anderson was and is willing to take control of a game and have an impact, and is becoming a real threat off the bench.

The decision not to loan him out is already being justified, and now it feels like a matter of time before he starts in the Premier League.

Howe trusts him, which is a huge factor for an academy lad. Anderson is shining as a substitute, and it won’t be long before he’s in the starting XI.