Elliott Anderson was ‘improved’ when training with Newcastle United’s first team in recent weeks, but Steve Bruce has warned talented boy Steele about ‘doing a lot of work’.
Anderson has been training with Newcastle’s senior squad for a while, and Alan Saint-Maximon praised the 18-year-old as a “great young player”.
Anderson was named to the bench at Selhurst Park after St-Maximin, Ryan Fraser and Isaac Hayden were all unavailable for a trip to Crystal Palace on Friday night.
Anderson had previously been named in the squad for the Carabao Cup in Magpies against Newport County in September, but this is the first time the midfielder has been included in the squad for a Premier League match.
Bruce had previously admitted that Anderson would get his chance if the performance continued it was ‘inevitable’ and the Newcastle head coach was again asked about the Whitley Bay boy after the Black & Whites ’win in the capital.
“He’s been with us for two or three weeks with the problem we had, and he’s definitely gotten better in two or three weeks,” Bruce told reporters.
“We think there’s a player out there. Of course he still has a lot of work to do, of course, but we’re quietly satisfied with him and he’s on the bench, I’m sure he’ll remember for a long time.
“I’m glad of his progress. Let’s not move away too soon because as I said he still has a long way to go but of course he is a talented boy.”