Reporter explains why Elliot Anderson isn't a regular Newcastle starter yet
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Reporter explains why Elliot Anderson isn't a regular Newcastle starter yet

Elliot Anderson is really impressing for Newcastle United this season, but is yet to start a Premier League game.

It’s looking like a breakthrough campaign for the teenager, who was initially being tipped for another loan move. There was debate over whether he should join a Championship side or a team from League One. Now there are calls for him to start in the top flight.

That hasn’t happened yet, with Anderson limited to three substitute appearances in the Premier League. He’s impressed on each occasion, however, and has hopefully shot up the Toon pecking order.

While he has impressed in attack, others have struggled. That’s why we called for him to start at the weekend against Bournemouth.

That didn’t happen because of injury, and the Athletic’s Chris Waugh has now explained why it’s unlikely for Anderson to be a regular starter in the short-term.

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Waugh explains why Anderson isn’t starting for Newcastle

In an article on the Athletic, Newcastle reporter Waugh answered questions from fans. One supporter asked when we are likely to see Anderson become a regular starter in black and white.

“Only Howe can answer that question but I don’t see Elliot Anderson starting regularly in the short term,” Waugh wrote.

“Not because he lacks the talent — I think he could have a huge future with Newcastle — but because the 19-year-old is still adapting to the physicality and demands of the Premier League.”

Waugh compared Anderson’s situation to the way Howe has integrated foreign players like Sven Botman and Bruno Guimaraes. He stated that Howe will take his time until the player is completely acclimatised to Premier League football.

He went on to add: “Anderson is therefore likely to be used as an impact substitute in the coming weeks before potentially breaking into the starting XI later in the season.”

Patient approach will pay off for Eddie Howe

While Toon fans are desperate to see more of Anderson, Howe’s approach will certainly pay dividends. Burning the youngster out now could have serious ramifications in the future.

It will benefit the club in the long run if Howe takes his time now. Anderson is still getting used to the rigours of senior football, having only experienced one loan spell away from St James’ Park.

With key players like Bruno Guimaraes and Allan Saint-Maximin returning from injury, Anderson’s opportunities might be limited further in the coming weeks. But he will remain a quality option on the bench.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see his first league start come after the World Cup this winter. That might frustrate the academy graduate, but the fact he’s even in contention to play this season is a huge surprise and a testament to his incredible ability.

Newcastle have a star on their hands, and Howe will take the proper steps to ensure he reaches his potential.