The attacking midfielder won the penalty that Chris Wood converted on 39 minutes before almost netting a stunning goal himself with a Cruyff turn on the edge of the area forcing a save from the Atalanta goalkeeper.
Howe previously said he was undecided on Anderson’s future but after last night’s 1-0 win over the Serie A club, the Magpies head coach admitted the Whitley Bay-born star is likely to stay put despite interest from the likes of Sheffield Wednesday and Hears.
The expectation ahead of pre-season was Anderson would be loaned out again after a successful spell at Bristol Rovers but his performances in Austria and Portugal are set to earn him a place in Howe’s Premier League squad.
“He’s performed very well but no decision will be made on his future until towards the end of the transfer window, probably the last few days,” Howe told NewcastleWorld.
“At the moment, it certainly looks like he’s going to stay with us, because of how he’s performing.
“His performance today was very good. I thought he was very, very good defensively today, very good tactically to understand his position, but also technically in tight areas, really quick feet. Did well for the penalty, could’ve scored with a long-range shot.
“For me, during pre-season, he’s got better and better. So great signs for him.”
Anderson, despite his tender age, hasn’t once looked out of place in Newcastle’s line-up. It’s taken many by surprise - but not Howe, who was fully aware of the player’s talents from day one.
“I wouldn’t say surprised. From my first days here, we could see he was a quality player but just needed games. Last year, we couldn’t give him that opportunity.
“He’s benefitted from his loan hugely in certain aspects of his game - he’s come back and looked a more complete player.”