A big decision was made about the future of Newcastle United youngster Elliot Anderson on deadline day.
According to the Chronicle, the club turned down an approach from Luton Town to take the midfielder on loan.
This is the second time the Championship side have failed to loan Anderson, having made a move for him in January as well.
Instead, the teenager will remain at St James’ Park for at least the rest of the year.
Anderson has had a summer to forget, missing all of pre-season due to a hip problem. This was a real blow, as he could have got some valuable first-team minutes if he was fit.
Alas, he has only just returned to training and has been denied a first loan move away from the club.
Elliot Anderson decision must result in Newcastle chance
While multiple youngsters left Newcastle on loan on deadline day, Anderson remained.
Meanwhile, the only signing was 19-year-old Santiago Munoz, who will start life with the Magpies in the Under-23 squad.
Steve Bruce desperately needed more players. Instead, he’s been left with a squad that is weaker than the one that struggled so much at times last season.
The manager needs a helping hand, and he isn’t getting it from Mike Ashley. But perhaps Anderson could be the answer.
The 18-year-old looked confident when he featured last season – composed in possession despite his inexperience.
Anderson needs to get minutes under his belt, but he’s been denied a loan move. Considering he is still rehabbing a lengthy injury, you can understand why the club decided to keep him.
But since he is staying, Bruce might as well use him. He could be a wildcard option in black and white, and inject some creativity into an already stale attack.
This is a pivotal period in Anderson’s career. If he isn’t going out on loan then Bruce needs to use him. He needs senior football, otherwise his development will be stunted.
Luton could have been an ideal move, but that didn’t happen. Instead, Anderson should get his chance in the Premier League. What have we got to lose?