It’s almost become set in stone now that Newcastle United loanee Elliot Anderson shines for League Two side Bristol Rovers on a weekly basis. This past weekend was no exception as he scored in a 1-1 draw with Tranmere Rovers.
Anderson netted Rovers’ equaliser to bring them back on level terms. Since his arrival in January, the 19-year-old has proven that he is too good for League Two.
Kieran Horn for BristolLive gave the midfielder a player rating of ‘8’, along with a rave review of his performance.
He wrote: “The Newcastle loanee saw plenty of the ball and was at his usual bullish best, providing many moments of concern for Tranmere. Brought the Gas back on terms with a fine finish inside the box. Continued to play his usual game, bullying Tranmere players when they tried to take the ball off him.”
It’s no surprise that Anderson is attracting interest from the Championship as of late
The Newcastle prospect has recently been linked with three Championship sides. That’s according to the Daily Mirror (Sunday Mirror, 03/04, p70), who state that Nottingham Forest, Preston and QPR are keen.
Anderson was close to joining Luton in January (The Athletic), but the deal wasn’t completed. Next season, should be he loaned out again, he’ll certainly have many suitors.
Of all the Magpies players currently out on loan, Anderson has been the standout. Bristol Rovers have shot up the table since his arrival and are looking to gain promotion to League One.
Their manager and ex-Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton was given ‘Manager of the Month’ for League Two for the month of March.
Newcastle’s academy has really struggled to make many first-team stars. The only ones from recent memory have been Paul Dummett, Sean Longstaff and Matty Longstaff. But the way Anderson is turning out, he could be another player to add to the list.
Eddie Howe will have to make a big call this summer. Is Anderson ready to make the squad and break into the first team? Or will he get another loan move away next season?
With the midfielder still being so young, another loan would be beneficial. A move to the Championship could be the next logical step for a player who could be a St James’ Park star in the future.