Newcastle have two gaping holes to fill in their starting XI on Sunday.

With Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron injured, Steve Bruce has a huge decision to make.

As we go into arguably the biggest game of the season so far, we’re set to be without our three best players.

How on earth are we going to score goals?

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The replacement for one seems obvious, with Ryan Fraser almost certain to start.

He played in Almiron’s role on Saturday, but is much more suited to playing wide left.

Therefore, Bruce will likely have to look elsewhere for his Almiron replacement.

This is a much more difficult role to fill, as the Paraguayan has become key to the new style we’re trying to implement.

Almiron is the central player who is leading the press and trying to force the issue.

 

We need someone who can match that intensity and desire off the ball.

And the player who a lot of fans want to see start is Elliot Anderson.

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Is Anderson the man to replace Almiron?

The teenager has made just two first-team appearances so far for the Magpies, both coming against Arsenal.

He was a late substitute in both trips to the Emirates in January, and looked particularly exciting in the FA Cup exit.

Despite being just 18-years-old, Anderson was confident and brave in possession. That’s exactly what we need as we look for a new saviour.

Things are drastic right now at Newcastle. We’re three points above the relegation zone, and are set to face a key run of fixtures without our best attacking players.

When you haven’t got many attacking players to begin with, that is a terrifying prospect.

It’s time to take a risk, which is why a lot of fans want Anderson to start his first ever senior game on Sunday. Will fans get their wish? I hope so.

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Newcastle fans believe the time is now for Elliot Anderson

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