Elliot Anderson has revealed he “wants to be playing more”, admitting he’s “missing that feeling” of being involved in a team each week.
After winning the ‘Wor Jackie’ award – handed to the best young player of the year – at the Sport Newcastle awards last week, the 20-year-old insisted he is “working every week” to force his way into our starting 11 after a frustrating spell on the substitutes bench.
However, I do wonder if a Championship loan move in the new year could be a wise move for all parties given his lack of game time so far this season. We saw how much he shone at Bristol Rovers over the second half of the 2021/22 campaign, and it’s thought a host of second tier sides are keen.
Anderson is yet to start a Premier League game this season, playing just 96 minutes of football across our 15 games so far. The majority of his cameos have been 5-10 minutes long, giving him little time to bed into the side and make a real impact.
He will be learning a lot from Eddie Howe, developing in training and has started in each of our two Carabao Cup wins, but he looked like a player who was both rusty and trying too hard in that shoot-out win over Crystal Palace recently.
Speaking to NUFC.co.uk, Anderson had this to say on his game time so far this season:
“I’ve been coming in off the bench but that’s not where I want to be.
“I want to be in the starting XI. I’m still working every week to try and get more minutes and hopefully push my way through to achieve that.
“Coming in every day to train and living in Newcastle is great but I want to be playing more.
“I’m just missing that one feeling of being involved in the team every week and have that feeling of being a big player.
“I think it will come eventually. I’m still only 20 years old, and hopefully I will get there.”
Anderson then went on, admitting that he’s guilty of “trying too hard” – something that’s easily done when you “don’t have too much time” to impress:
“I’m trying to take every minute I have on the pitch and then try to make it a longer time when I’m next on,”
“Something I’ve been a bit guilty of is maybe trying too hard when I’ve came on. That’s the tough part of a game, though, when you don’t have too much time.
“I’ve never really doubted myself. Sometimes, when things aren’t going well, you can question yourself a bit if it’s going to happen or not but you’ve got to stick with the process and trust it will come one day.”