Newcastle United talent Eliot Anderson has been named by The Athletic as one of the Top 20 young Premier League players to watch out for in 2021.

The 18-year-old is yet to make his first-team debut but has scored six goals and registered an assist in eight games for the club’s under-23 ranks during 2020/21.

He has also played three matches in the EFL Trophy, scoring two goals in three games, captaining the team against Bolton.

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Anderson typically operates in the No.10 role and has previously drawn praise from Newcastle boss Steve Bruce.


The teenager trained with the first-team ahead of a Carabao Cup game against Newport County in September.

He was an unused substitute in the game but Bruce was impressed with the starlet.

The manager told Chronicle Live: “He’s flourished, we think there’s a player in there.

“Let’s not get carried away too quickly because he’s still got a long way to go. Certainly, he’s a talented boy though.”

Now, The Athletic have named Anderson as a top talent and it’s mentioned that Bruce might choose to keep him around – rather than loan him out.

Newcastle correspondent Chris Waugh said: “It is “inevitable” that Elliot Anderson will make his Newcastle United debut soon. That is not the verdict of The Athletic, but of Steve Bruce, the Newcastle head coach, who is convinced that the club has developed another exciting Geordie talent.

“A loan spell to an EFL club is not out of the question but the current internal view is that Anderson will benefit most by staying at Newcastle for the second half of the campaign. Not only does he deserve to, but he may also be needed — that is how highly he is regarded.”

How close to the first-team is Anderson?

The exciting gem has been on the bench for the first-team twice in recent weeks without getting onto the pitch.

That would suggest that he isn’t too far away from getting an appearance to his name and Bruce might be wise to utilise him.

Newcastle haven’t won for six games in all competitions and supporters are growing increasingly disgruntled with Bruce.

Newcastle United Training Session
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The Magpies have a proud history when it comes to using their academy and now could be the ideal time to unleash Anderson.

Newcastle have slipped to 15th in the league and have, on occasions, struggled for a creative spark this season.

They have scored just 18 times in 16 Premier League games and Anderson could provide Bruce’s team with an injection of quality.

The youngster is very much one to watch and Bruce could silence some of his critics by placing an emerging talent on the path towards first-team stardom.

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