Everything is going right for Elliot Anderson since he left Newcastle United on loan.
The youngster exited St James’ Park on transfer deadline day, set for his first temporary spell away from the club.
He was initially linked with a move to Championship side Luton Town, but that deal didn’t come to fruition.
Instead he dropped down to the fourth tier, linking up with former Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton. Anderson joined Bristol Rovers for the rest of the season, and is inspiring a promotion charge.
The 19-year-old has scored three goals and provided two assists for the Gas, who are now fourth in League Two.
Anderson clearly has the ability to play at a higher level, and it looks like he will be next season.
Bigger clubs already keen on Newcastle youngster Elliot Anderson
The Athletic’s Chris Waugh spoke about Anderson on the latest episode of Pod On The Tyne, and discussed what the future might hold for the attacking midfielder.
“I’ve heard there’s already a lot of interest in him for next season from higher up levels,” he said.
“I’ve heard Championship clubs are already trying to put their hat in the ring to get him for next season because he is very talented. He is someone Newcastle have very high hopes for.”
Newcastle must be careful with Anderson’s development
It’s clear that Newcastle have a star on their hands. Allan Saint-Maximin is certainly a fan of the Geordie youngster. Former Toon scout Graham Carr even believes that Anderson is ready for the Premier League next season.
While that might be the case, it feels highly likely that the teenager will go out on loan once again.
Considering how well he’s doing in League Two, it would be interesting to see how he copes in the Championship. Newcastle will be keen to get Anderson ready for the first-team as soon as possible, but must not stunt his development with the wrong move.
He has all the potential in the world. In the past week he’s been compared to Diego Maradona, Peter Beardsley and Paul Gascoigne, which tells you all you need to know.
Anderson is the most exciting player to come out of Newcastle’s academy in a long time, and it’s no surprise that a queue is already forming to sign him on loan next season.