Newcastle United debut for Scotland prospect Elliot Anderson

Scotland fans haven’t been short of emerging talent to watch in recent seasons – but now they can fully add Elliot Anderson of Newcastle United to those to watch at senior level.

Newcastle United have been hit with various fitness issues, including a Covid-19 outbreak in recent weeks. They weren’t able to fill their bench during the FA Cup defeat to Arsenal on Saturday.

But that only opened the door to Scottish teenager Anderson. The attacking midfielder has four goals in five games at Premier League Two level this term and has featured in a few Newcastle United squads.

With numbers low in a winner takes-all match, Steve Bruce threw on the 18-year-old in the final minutes of the match, eventually playing extra-time too as goals from Emile Smith-Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed a Gunners win.

Despite defeat, it was a great moment for Anderson, who was able to show Toon fans what to expect in the future, the game watched by 7.2 million on the BBC. He may also be one Scotland fans keep an eye on as Scotland U21s begin a new cycle in March.

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