‘Expected’: Howe thinks 20-year-old Newcastle player is going to have a massive impact this season

Newcastle United had plenty Geordies in their team for the Champions League opener against AC Milan, including Elliot Anderson off the bench.

The local lad was brought on to replace Sandro Tonali in the 72nd minute, having lost his place in the starting XI after playing the full game against Brentford.

Anderson nearly helped Newcastle snatch a winner. It was his composure and vision that found Sean Longstaff on the edge of the box, only for his stoppage time effort to be tipped over the bar.

The 20-year-old was denied an assist on his Champions League debut, as the Magpies travel back to Tyneside with a point that they had to work really hard for. Newcastle defended very well at the San Siro, but Howe will have been disappointed with his side’s attacking efforts.

However, he did note that Newcastle‘s best moment in the final third came from Anderson.

Eddie Howe delighted with Elliot Anderson’s ‘composure’ against AC Milan

Following the 0-0 draw with AC Milan, Howe spoke to the Chronicle. He praised Anderson for his appearance off the bench, and made a big prediction for the future.

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“I thought Elliot did really well,” he said.

 

“I thought the composure before Longy’s chance was probably the highlight of our attacking play tonight.

 

“He could easily have got caught in the moment and tried to shoot from a difficult angle but he’s picked out Sean beautifully, he’s a top technician and it’s a big season expected from me to him because I really trust him on the pitch.”

 

Big things expected from the Newcastle manager

Howe is not shy in saying he expects big things from Anderson this season.

 

The midfielder is already playing more than he did in the previous campaign, which just shows how much the manager now trusts him.

 

Anderson is a fully fledged member of the first-team, and a player who Howe has now qualms about thrusting into a high pressure scenario. It was the final 20 minutes at the San Siro in the Champions League, and he was willing to replace his £55million signing with an academy graduate. That is a real show of faith.

Howe expects big things from Anderson, and the youngster will hopefully rise to the occasion. He nearly did on Tuesday night, coming agonisingly close to getting an assist in the Champions League.

 

Perhaps he can have an even bigger impact at Bramall Lane on Sunday.

 

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