Former Newcastle United scout Graham Carr believes Elliot Anderson is capable of playing in the Premier League now.
The 77-year-old watched the talented youngster who is on loan at Bristol Rovers in Saturday’s 1-0 win against Northampton.
The 19-year-old has already drawn comparisons to Argentine legend and one of football’s all-time greats Diego Maradona by Rovers boss Joey Barton.
But after watching Anderson at Sixfields, Carr has likened the attacking midfielder to Peter Beardsley and he believes the youngster could save PIF millions of pounds in transfer fees.
Carr believes that Anderson is the best prospect to emerge from Newcastle’s academy in decades and has urged his old club not to bother sending the whizkid out on loan again – because he is more than good enough to play in the top-flight right now.
Speaking via the Mail on Anderson, Carr said: “They will spend millions on new players and a lot of academy lads will get lost in the system now – but not this boy.
“You can go out and sign as many young players as you want, you will be doing well to get any better than Elliot Anderson.
“This loan move looks like it has done him the world of good. He could get Bristol promoted this year. But it’s a waste of time sending him out again. He will be bordering on the first-team next season, and he should definitely be part of the squad.
“He is classy. He receives the ball like Peter Beardsley. He kills it and moves it all in one motion. That is a gift. He stood out like a sore thumb on Saturday, miles above anyone else. He looks out of place. I got in the car afterwards and started ringing people to talk about him.
“He’s the best young player I have seen in a long time. Newcastle haven’t produced anyone like him, in terms of his technical gifts, probably all the way back to Gazza (Paul Gascoigne).
“He plays with a swagger. Every time he got the ball you knew something was going to happen. He always wants to dribble and moves off quickly. He knows he’s good, but there’s no harm in that.”
From 13 games for the Pirates, Anderson has three goals and two assists to his name and has helped propel Barton’s side from 13th to fourth since his arrival on deadline day in January.
Eddie Howe has already revealed that Newcastle United will “review” Anderson’s situation in the summer and admits the talented youngster can play “a lot higher” than League Two.
Carr’s high praise of the Whitley Bay-born prospect is just the latest endorsement of the Newcastle United prodigy.
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