With a heavy heart, Eddie Howe replaced Elliot Anderson in his first Premier League start..
Because United needed to bring on Martin Dubravka to replace Nick Pope after his red card against Liverpool, the playmaker was hooked. However, Howe has stated that he will have more opportunities to shine in the future.
“It was a huge disappointment for him and for me to have to take him off because it was the last thing I wanted to do,” Howe explained. I just felt like the game needed a transitional threat..
The counter-attack was going to be crucial for us, so we reshuffled and went with two forward players, but those two forward players required extreme pace, so Elliot was the one to come off, but it was nothing against what he did in that time on the pitch.”
Anderson had been practicing for a starting spot in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester United at Wembley Stadium. But he could barely get into the game against the Kop..
The Academy product must wait to see if Joe Willock recovers from a hamstring injury in time for the championship game. Bruno Guimaraes is also back from suspension, which significantly expands Howe’s options in the middle..
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