It would appear as though Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce is on borrowed time, but there is a youngster who could bide him some time.
Newcastle were beaten for the ninth time in succession in the EFL Trophy last night. The Under-21s simply haven’t adapted to the tournament, although Eliot Anderson offers hope for the future.
The youngster was in good form, despite a 2-0 defeat to high-flying League Two outfit Harrogate Town last night.
Anderson played the full 90 minutes and was cautioned by the referee, during a frustrating night for Newcastle.
With Callum Wilson nursing an injury, the 18-year-old has found himself on the bench for the last two senior games.
He hasn’t been given the nod to get into the action yet this season; although he does look as though he’s edging closer.
Allan Saint-Maximin has been utilised upfront during the current campaign and perhaps utilising him elsewhere could be an option.
That would allow Anderson to come into the attack and showcase what he’s all about to the Newcastle fan base.
Anderson does have two appearances to his name in the famous black and white jersey. His time on the pitch has equated to just 42 minutes, however.
In this season’s Premier League 2 campaign, he has played four times and scored twice, with the Magpies winning three once when he’s played.
Future star: Bruce has nothing to lose by unleashing Newcastle gem Anderson
The Magpies have enjoyed some success with their academy in recent times, with the Longstaff brothers both emerging through the ranks in the last few seasons.
As a result, it’s about time the club unearthed another gem. Perhaps one criticism of Bruce is that he’s stifling the likes of Anderson with his boring style of football.
The Newcastle boss is currently dining out in the Last Chance Saloon and he’d be wise to go out on his sword.
That could mean giving Anderson the chance to play a starring role in the team and allow him to prove himself once and for all.