‘I do quite like’: 20-year-old Newcastle ace says he prefers playing in midfield than on the wing

Versatile Newcastle United academy graduate Elliot Anderson has now shared which position he prefers to play.

Elliot Anderson has found himself on the team sheet often this season after impressing Eddie Howe since he came through the door.

The 20-year-old midfielder has been used in a few different positions by Howe but has notably settled now into playing as part of the midfield three.

Anderson feels he’s playing in his best position for Newcastle

Speaking to NUFC TV, Anderson has now confirmed that would be his preferred position but has also said he has a secondary position he’s more than happy to fill.

Anderson was asked where he feels is his best position to which he replied: “Probably where I’m at now I think, left number eight in the system. I do quite like left wing too so I’ll bounce between the two. I’ve always been a midfielder so I like to be box-to-box.”


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Elliot Anderson was recently called up to the Scotland senior squad seemingly putting an end to speculation that he may defect to England, but the youngster didn’t feel comfortable in the Scotland camp and withdrew. Now it still remains to be seen which country he eventually chooses.

Anderson can learn from some of the best midfielders in the world

Playing in Newcastle’s midfield alongside Sandro Tonali and Bruno Guimaraes, Anderson has the privilege of being able to learn from two of the World’s top midfielders which will only help him to become even better.

In terms of today’s game, with Newcastle’s two main strikers carrying knocks and potentially facing fitness tests, Anderson could find himself out on that left-wing against Burnley with Anthony Gordon playing through the middle.

Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson were both doubts going into the weekend, but reports are suggesting that at least one, if not both strikers would be fit enough to make the team, however it’s good to know that Eddie Howe has options.

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