Anderson has been training for the senior Newcastle squad for a while now and Allan Saint-Maximin has hailed the 18-year-old as a ‘great young player’.
With Saint-Maximin, Ryan Fraser and Isaac Hayden all unavailable for the trip to Crystal Palace on Friday night, Anderson was named to the bench at Selhurst Park.
Anderson had previously been named as a substitute for the Magpies’ Carabao Cup game against Newport County in September, but it was the first time the midfielder has been on a Premier League matchday squad.
Bruce had previously admitted that it was “inevitable” that Anderson would get his chance if he continued to play and the Newcastle head coach was again questioned about the Whitley Bay boy after Black and White’s victory in the capital.
“He’s been with us now for two – three weeks with the issues we had and certainly within two – three weeks he’s thrived,” Bruce told reporters on Zoom.
“We think there is a player in there. He still has a lot of work to do, of course, but we’re quietly happy with him and he was on the bench, which I’m sure he will remember for a long time. .
“I am delighted with his progress. Let’s not get carried away too quickly because like I said he still has a long way to go, but he’s definitely a talented boy. ”