By Danny Wright

23rd Mar, 2022 | 7:10am

Newcastle teen Elliot Anderson proving he’s too good for League Two

By Mark Murphy

Elliot Anderson will be a name familiar to some Newcastle fans. For a while now the youngster has impressed for the Magpies at youth level.

Naturally, the club wanted to look to loan him out to a side in the Football League. Initially, he was set to join Championship side Luton Town in January on loan, per The Athletic. However, the loan didn’t materialise.

Instead, Anderson signed for League Two side Bristol Rovers on loan until the end of the season, via Rovers’ club website. Interestingly he’s being managed by ex-Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton.

Anderson has taken the league by storm, helping them push closer to the play-offs

Since his arrival, the youngster has impressed Bristol Rovers fans and Joey Barton himself. Anderson has three goals to his name so far as well as two assists.

The Pirates are currently in fourth place in League Two. They’re knocking on the door of the automatics and have the same points tally as Northampton in third.

In their 1-0 victory over Colchester United (where Anderson scored the winner), Barton was singing the praises of the Newcastle loanee.

He told BristolLive, “Elliot has been brilliant for us from the first day we brought him in. I would have paid to watch him tonight – he was that good. He is growing into the shirt and his goal capped an outstanding performance.

“Elliot is a huge talent. He excites you and tonight he showed a different gear to be the stand-out player on the pitch.”

Additionally, the local media in Bristol has identified the Scotland youth international as a key player for the Pirates.

Benji Deane, a columnist for BristolLive wrote about Anderson after a 3-0 win against Harrogate Town. He described him as ‘symbolic of the individual quality that wins us games.’

In addition, he stated that he simply way too good for League Two. He wrote, ‘there is zero chance of him playing at League Two level again.’

Newcastle have struggled to produce many young players over the years, but Anderson could be a real gem

In recent times, the only real talent Newcastle have produced are Sean and Matty Longstaff and Paul Dummett. The youth system has rarely generated much, many exciting youngsters have been bought such as Ivan Toney.

But Anderson could kickstart a new era of quality youth prospects. With new financial wealth that PIF boast, some fans will hope that some of the money goes into better facilities for the youth academy.

As much as they can afford to potentially spend big money, producing top quality talent could save the club millions.

With his impressive stint at Bristol Rovers, another loan next season could benefit Anderson. Perhaps he can land a loan to the Championship, which he nearly did this season.

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