Newcastle United’s U18s manager Neil Winskill has lavished praise on Elliot Anderson, after the midfielder struck a last-gasp free-kick against Watford in the FA Youth Cup.
The Magpies are now into the quarter-finals of the competition having won 3-2 against the Hornets.
Anderson’s free-kick was perfectly placed just out of reach of the goalkeeper at the Gallowgate End at St. James’ Park, and prevented the need for a nervy penalty shootout.
It was just another demonstration of the talent Anderson has, and a clear message to first-team manager Steve Bruce.
Winskill has since waxed lyrical about the 18-year-old, telling the club’s official website: “He’s been with the group three times now to play in the competition, and trained in the days leading up to the games as well.
“One ethos of our club is to create good people and good players, and he totally encapsulates that.
“He’s fitted straight back in with the group, he’s led by example, worked hard in training and done everything in the games.
“He’s never wanted any special treatment, there’s been no fuss around him – he’s just turned up and done the job. And yesterday, when you need your captain to lead by example, he did exactly that with a fantastic goal.”
Winskill goes on to state that Anderson is a role model, describing him as ‘relentless’ in his desire to improve.
Anderson made his first-team debut for the club back in January against Arsenal in the FA Cup.
He then made his Premier League debut against the Gunners, but has since been unable to convince Bruce into giving him more minutes.
Anderson is so ready
Winskill’s latest comments on Anderson really do indicate that he is ready to take the first-team plunge.
He’s been able to dip his toe in, but for whatever reason Bruce hasn’t trusted him, and even left him out of his squad in recent weeks.
Not only is he an extremely talented player, but it very much seems that his mentality and desire are strong and his professionalism is spot on.