Elliot Anderson impressed off the bench for Newcastle again on Saturday, and should be getting more minutes than Jacob Murphy.
The teenager was brought on for the third Premier League game in a row, and in each he has had a positive impact. He was given 20 minutes to make a difference against Crystal Palace, and was a real livewire down the left flank.
Anderson’s positivity and desire to make something happen really stood out, as Eddie Howe’s side went in search of a winner. A goal wasn’t forthcoming, but it wasn’t for lack of trying, especially from Anderson.
The 19-year-old has looked really good during his last three cameos, and is proving the club right not to loan him out. He’s starting to have a real impact in the Premier League, and will get even better with more minutes.
And Anderson has proven that he should be playing ahead of one of his Toon teammates.
Anderson should play ahead of Murphy
While Anderson has been a threat off the bench, Murphy has failed to influence proceedings. The 27-year-old hasn’t had a very bright start to the season, struggling to have any sort of impact in black and white.
When the pair both started in the League Cup against Tranmere, it was Anderson who was the most dangerous. In contrast, Murphy was anonymous.
The £12million man has done nothing to prove he should be in the starting XI, nor has he provided a boost off the bench. But Anderson is doing that. He will be edging closer to a start each time he impresses off the bench.
And from now on, Howe must turn to Anderson before he brings on Murphy. He is more likely to change the game with a moment of magic.
Newcastle need to be able to bring on match-winners off the bench. Anderson has the potential to do just that, while Murphy’s confidence has disappeared.