Newcastle United look certain to be without Allan Saint-Maximin against Bournemouth, which means Elliot Anderson could get a chance to start.
The Magpies’ number 10 hasn’t been seen since the 1-1 draw with Wolves, where his thunderous volley rescued a point at Molineux.
He’s since missed the games against Liverpool and Crystal Palace, and looks likely to be missing this weekend too.
Ahead of the game, Eddie Howe refused to comment on possible returns for key players ASM, Bruno Guimaraes and Callum Wilson. However, Sky Sports’ Keith Downie has stated that while Bruno is likely to return, the other two are not.
That is disappointing, but it could create an opportunity for Newcastle academy graduate Anderson.
Anderson should start against Bournemouth
In the two games that Saint-Maximin has missed due to injury, Ryan Fraser has started in his place. The Scot has struggled to have an impact, as he looks to re-find the form that he showed last season after Howe’s arrival.
But while Fraser has faltered, Anderson has thrived. The teenager has been getting more and more minutes in recent weeks, with Howe making the decision to keep him at the club rather than loan him out.
Anderson has appeared off the bench in our last three games, and has had an impact in each. He appears to be growing in confidence, and wants to take the game to the opposition with his bravery and creativity.
It’s his desire to want the ball and make things happen that makes him stand out so much, and that’s why he should start against Bournemouth.
While performances have been decent, Newcastle haven’t won since the opening weekend of the season. We have struggled for goals, and that is what Anderson is trying to bring.
In contrast, Fraser has struggled when he’s started, while Jacob Murphy has had no impact on the bench.
Calls are growing for Anderson to start, and this weekend is the perfect opportunity.
With Saint-Maximin ruled out, Howe has to turn to the Geordie Maradona instead of Fraser. Hopefully this is the weekend we see Anderson start his first ever Premier League game.