Howe could hand debut to 18-year-old after injury blow – but it’s bad news on Elliot Anderson

According to The Chronicle, Eddie Howe could hand Toon teenager Jay Turner-Cooke his first-team debut over the final few weeks of the Premier League season.

Lee Ryder reports that Howe was left ‘impressed’ by the 18-year-old after attending the last week’s Northumberland Senior Cup final against Blyth Spartans at St James’ Park.

Since then, the midfielder has been called up to train with the senior side and even made the bench for yesterday’s trip to the Etihad, with Turner-Cooke benefiting from season-ending injuries to Joe Willock and Jonjo Shelvey.

The former Sunderland talent has bagged 11 goals and five assists in all competitions this term, with his call-up to first-team level made all the more impressive when he started the season in our U18 squad.

Sadly, Elliot Anderson will NOT be able to feature in our final two games against Arsenal and Burnley following his return from Bristol Rovers, despite suggestions he is back at the club and keen to play.

The Premier League will only allow the 19-year-old to play in ‘exceptional circumstances’ – something we don’t qualify for when Shelvey, Willock and Fraser are our only injured players at present.

A silly rule when he is our player and an U23 who has completed the season in League Two, but I’m sure we’ll get another look at the Geordie star during pre-season!

About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan, he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC!

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