Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson has heaped praise on Toon youngster Elliot Anderson.
The teenager is the toast of Bristol at the moment, guiding Rovers to League One with his heroics. Joey Barton’s side achieved automatic promotion on Saturday, beating Scunthorpe 7-0.
The Gas went up on goal difference, with Anderson scoring the decisive seventh goal.
He’ll be back at Newcastle this summer, and there will be some fans hoping to see him in the first-team. However, there are plenty of clubs keen to sign him on loan. Bristol Rovers want to take him back, while Championship teams have also been linked.
The future is bright for Anderson, and his Toon teammate Wilson has hailed the 19-year-old.
Wilson happy for Anderson after Bristol Rovers heroics
On the latest episode of the Footballer’s Football Podcast, Wilson and Michail Antonio spoke about Bristol Rovers’ incredible promotion.
“We’ve got a youngster on loan there, Elliott Anderson,” Wilson said.
“He scored the seventh goal. He’s an unbelievable player. The scenes afterwards and his Instagram afterwards, it was blowing off. You’re happy for them, I love stories like that.”
Wilson and Anderson likely to play together in pre-season
Wilson isn’t the first player to praise Anderson. Allan Saint-Maximin and Joelinton are big fans, while ex-Toon midfielder Barton has compared him to Diego Maradona. Barton’s comments led to a fantastic chant from the Bristol Rovers faithful.
On top of that, former scout Graham Carr claimed he’s good enough to play for the Newcastle first-team already.
Eddie Howe will be the judge of that this summer when the group begin pre-season training. Anderson will certainly be involved with the senior squad, and will hope to feature in friendly action.
However, that may depend on how keen Newcastle are to loan him out again. If that’s definitely what they want to do, the club may decide to send him out as soon as possible so he can settle in to his new surroundings quickly.
Regardless of what happens, the future is incredibly bright for Anderson. He’s played twice for Newcastle, with two substitute appearances against Arsenal in the 2020/21 campaign when Steve Bruce was manager.
He’ll definitely add to that tally because, as Wilson says, he’s an unbelievable player. Newcastle have a real talent on their hands.