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Newcastle's Elliot Anderson shines for Bristol Rovers in 4-0 thrashing of Stevenage

Elliot Anderson has come in for rave reviews after starring for Bristol Rovers against Stevenage yesterday.

The 19-year-old was handed another start by manager Joey Barton – his fourth in a row in League Two.

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Anderson had been catching the eye over the past couple of weeks.

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But he was truly in fine fettle yesterday and put in arguably his best display to date at Broadhall Way.

Anderson scored his first goal in senior football when he finished brilliantly into the bottom corner after a great flick through by Sam Nicholson.

The Bristol Post were blown away by Anderson’s display, giving him a 9/10 for his performance.

They said in their description of him: “A class above. Worth the admission fee in his own right and Stevenage were made to pay a handsome price as they watched him wreak havoc at the Lamex.

“So unfortunate to shoot wide after leaving defenders’ heads spinning before the break, but he did not have to wait long for his first senior goal.

“He raced onto a sublime flick from Nicholson and drilled into the bottom corner. Added an assist moments later with a pinpoint cross.”

Stevenage were poor which allowed Rovers’ midfield to really have time and dominate proceedings.

Nevertheless, it was a fantastic showing by Anderson in only his fifth senior game of football.

The result means the club are now six points off the League Two play-off places.

Elliot Anderson showing his class in senior football is very promising for Newcastle

Newcastle couldn’t have hoped for a better start to loan life for Anderson.

The youngster needed to get out and play as he has constantly been a standout at U23 level.

It seems he’s had no problem transitioning into senior football, with Rovers fans already absolutely loving the Scotland youth international.

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It’s very encouraging for Newcastle to know that one of their most promising young stars is thriving and getting minutes.

Potentially if this move continues to go well, Anderson should have more involvement in Eddie Howe’s first-team squad next season.

The club will probably spend heavily in the summer. But it would be absolutely fantastic to have a representative of the academy in that squad.

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