Newcastle United return to the Premier League towards relegation-strugglers Nottingham Forest tonight, with Eddie Howe’s males coming into this tantalizing reunion after returning to profitable methods towards Wolverhampton Wanderers on the weekend.
After a run of 5 league video games and not using a style of victory, the Magpies put their top-four bid again on observe with a 2-1 win over Previous Gold on Sunday afternoon, with targets from Alexander Isak and Miguel Almiron proving the distinction on the day.
Tynesiders will undoubtedly be favorites to safe back-to-back league wins once they tackle Steve Cooper’s aspect later right this moment, though Howe has a handful of choice complications to take care of for the journey to Metropolis Floor.
The membership’s lack of midfield depth is ready to be examined with Brazilian gem Joelinton serving the second recreation of his two-game ban, with some claiming Sean Longstaff could possibly be among the many doubters – having not been pictured in coaching Wednesday.
Subsequently, it might be time for Howe to place religion in academy graduate Elliot Anderson, the 20-year-old starlet doubtless hoping to land a daily position within the group after making a string of appearances this season.
Will Anderson begin towards Forest?
The Whitley Bay-born gem has been restricted to only 4 begins in all competitions this season, along with his lone begin within the league at dwelling to Liverpool finally ending in disappointment as he was pulled off after simply 24 minutes, following the Nick Pope’s clumsy pink card.
Undoubtedly a ‘big expertise’ – as Bristol Rovers boss Joey Barton has praised – the thrilling playmaker undoubtedly deserves one other likelihood to essentially show his value within the prime flight, with Newcastle more likely to good thing about his artistic aptitude in midfield.
The Scotland U21 worldwide – who’s the matter of curiosity of the England camp amid talks of a change of allegiance – confirmed his high quality throughout his mortgage spell underneath Barton final season, scoring eight targets and offering 5 assists in simply 21 League Two video games for the membership in his profitable promotion cost.
With Anderson but to attain any targets this season, tonight’s encounter could possibly be the opportune time to treatment that, with the teen hoping to get the higher of his former midfield colleague Jonjo Shelvey.
The latter – who ended his seven-year stint at St James’ Park in January – is unlikely to relish arising towards such a glittering prospect, with younger Anderson even incomes comparisons to the late and nice Diego Maradona of the aforementioned Barton for his ball prowess.
The ‘easy’ gem – hailed by former Magpies supervisor Steve Bruce – proved throughout his time at Memorial Stadium final season that he may present the vanguard within the ultimate third, with Shelvey and co able to be cautious of permitting the 5-foot-10 ace the liberty to carry out.
It could be a daring name to launch Anderson tonight, though the extremely rated prodigy will doubtless be desperate to make his mark at senior degree.