Newcastle United youngster Elliot Anderson is currently tearing up League Two with Bristol Rovers. So it’s no surprise he’s attracting interest from the Championship.
Anderson has been labelled someone who has ‘zero chance of him playing at League Two level again’ (BristolLive). He’s been a star performer for Rovers since his arrival. He was linked with Luton Town in January, but the deal didn’t materialise (The Athletic).
Nottingham Forest, Preston North End and Queens Park Rangers are looking at Anderson (Sunday Mirror, 03/04, p70). This would likely be a loan move as Newcastle wouldn’t want to sell such a promising youngster yet.
It would be a big opportunity for Anderson to prove he’s close to Newcastle’s first team
Anderson certainly has the tools to improve any of those three teams’ midfield. He has the energy and desire that often makes young players a nightmare to play against.
However, Newcastle needs to be careful. They’ll have to assess whether the Scotland youth international will get the appropriate amount of minutes.
Furthermore, should he flounder on the bench it would be detrimental to his development. Also, considering he’s the most exciting Newcastle youth talent in a long time, they’ll need to take extra care.
James Garner is a young talent who is shining at Forest on loan from Manchester United. Additionally, Brennan Johnson is an exciting talent who is excelling for them. The Daily Mail has linked Johnson with Newcastle recently.
So of the three linked with Anderson, Forest would be the best option, especially if Johnson were to leave this summer. Whilst not being a youngster, Jeff Hendrick has found his loan spell with QPR difficult.
It’ll be a big decision this summer what happens to the youngster. He certainly has bags of potential talent and is showing it so far. Should he get the opportunity in the Championship and succeed, it could push him closer to the first team.