Newcastle United loanee Elliot Anderson is loving life in Bristol. The youngster is on loan with League Two side Bristol Rovers, managed by ex-Toon midfielder Joey Barton.
Anderson has made such a big impression that some fans of the Gas have come up with a chant for him. It’s a simple one, with supporters singing ‘Geordie Maradona’ to the tune of the Conga.
He joined Rovers in January on loan until the end of the season (via Bristol Rovers’ website). The 19-year-old has helped Rovers surge up the table as they push for promotion to League One. He has six goals and three assists from 17 appearances.
Eddie Howe will have a big decision to make on Anderson’s future this summer
Anderson has been one of the shining lights of Newcastle’s academy in recent years. The loan to Rovers is his first taste of the Football League and he has been a success so far.
When he returns this summer, Eddie Howe has an important call to make. Does he loan out Anderson again? Or does he call him up to the squad as a sporadic or rotation player? Anderson will have certainly caught his eye since he’s been out on loan.
Three Championship sides are said to be interested in the youngster. Notts Forest, QPR and Preston are reportedly interested in him according to The Mirror (Sunday Mirror, 03/04, p70).
Also, he was linked with a loan move to Luton Town (The Atheltic) in January. However, the deal didn’t materialise in the end.
It’s probably too early to introduce him into the squad on a consistent basis. A move to the Championship will help show how developed his game is, should he get the minutes. Maybe next season we’ll see another club in the Football League create their own Elliot Anderson chant.
And who knows, perhaps St James’ Park will be singing ‘Geordie Maradona’ in the future.