Newcastle teenager Elliot Anderson set for further loan move with suitors queueing up
Newcastle talent Elliot Anderson has a queue of clubs hoping to land him next season as his parent club want him on loan in the Championship, says TEAMtalk.
The 19-year-old has impressed in League Two this season with Joey Barton’s Bristol Rovers, but his parent club want him playing at a higher level next season.
Barton would reportedly like to keep hold of him if they manage to get promoted to League One, but the Magpies feel that he would be better suited to be part of the first-team pre-season under Eddie Howe before moving to the second tier.
And there is no shortage of clubs willing to help facilitate that as Middlesbrough, West Brom, Coventry, Reading and Stoke all reportedly want to take him.
The Sun reported last week that Millwall were also chasing the youngster, and there is still time for more teams to join the race.
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Playing as an attacking midfielder Anderson has featured in every league game since he made the move to The Gas on the last day of the January transfer window.
In that time he has scored six times and assisted three more, proving he is more than capable at that level.
Having made his debut for the senior Newcastle side last season he is now being managed by the club as they look to assist his development in the hope of eventually establishing him in the first-team.
St James’ boss Eddie Howe expects big things from Anderson, and recently said of his progress (via The Sun): “I’m so pleased for him. When we came in, we could see he’s a player of undoubted quality and I’d heard a lot of good things before working with him.
“He has a great attitude and stayed behind every day to work on certain aspects of his games. He was aware he needed to go out and play. We wanted that for him and delighted he’s doing so well.
“It’s not a surprise for me, I think he can play a lot higher than League Two but he has taken his opportunity and we’ll have to review him like we will with every player in the summer.”
If he continues at his current rate then he may well be playing directly for the ex-Bournemouth manager before too long.