Newcastle United youngster Elliot Anderson has taken to Instagram to share a rather cryptic message.
The teenager was not included in yesterday’s matchday squad against Chelsea by Steve Bruce – the first time he’s been absent from one since making his debut in the FA Cup against Arsenal last month.
There was no place for Anderson, with Bruce naming Martin Dubravka, Paul Dummett, Matty Longstaff, Sean Longstaff, Andy Carroll, Joelinton, Jacob Murphy, Ryan Fraser and Matt Ritchie on his bench at Stamford Bridge.
The decision has seemingly prompted Anderson to send a message on his Instagram Story, which features an image of Kylian Mbappe and a quote from the Frenchman that reads as follows:
“I never liked talking about age. If you’re good you play, if you’re not good you don’t play.
“If you’re good you take the responsibility. If you’re not good, you shut up and watch the others.
“Don’t talk to me about age, don’t talk to me about levels.”
Since making his debut, Anderson has been handed just one cameo appearance by Bruce – against the Gunners in the Premier League.
Does Anderson feel he’s ready?
One wonders it this is a gentle nudge to Bruce – and it’s probably one that’s warranted.
It would be a big shame if Anderson went back to playing with the U23s from here.
By all accounts, he is someone with huge talent and someone that has a brilliant mentality.
Barring the wins over Everton and Southampton, results have generally been poor, suggesting the manager needs to change things up.
Supposedly several offers were blocked from Championship sides on deadline day, which will look a foolish move if Anderson doesn’t start getting the opportunities he deserves.