View: Time for Newcastle United to reward Elliot Anderson with new deal
Newcastle United are going through a brilliant phase right now where after more than a decade of frustration, they are seemingly back in the mix of things following the takeover late last year.
Since then, the Magpies, under manager Eddie Howe, have been nothing short of brilliant and this season, they are looking like a contender for a finish in the top half or beyond.
Ever since the takeover went ahead, there has been a focus on bringing in some of the finest young talents at St. James’ Park.
However, one young man who stood out even in these times is attacking midfielder Elliot Anderson.
Time for a new deal
Newcastle are slowly but surely becoming a club where the focus seems to be on signing highly-rated young players like Sven Botman, Bruno Guimarães and Alexander Isak who can contribute to the club’s cause for at least a good part of the next decade.
Anderson is now becoming a part of the same core group of players who are likely to be the focal point of the Magpies’ journey in the seasons to come.
The 19-year-old is highly-rated by the manager and because of that, he ended up staying at the club despite having offers from different clubs in the Championship [Chronicle Live].
Anderson has not disappointed his manager one bit and has put in more than impressive performances whenever he is being given little chance to showcase his talent.
In just 97 minutes on the pitch this season, the Scotland U21 international had an average of 2.3 shots, two tackles and two interceptions per game [Whoscored].
Moreover, his work rate has been second to none he has a pass success rate of nearly 71 %, not bad for a young player who is being given his first chance at the highest level.
Those characteristics show why Howe is a big admirer of Anderson and it is about time that Newcastle United should consider giving the player a long-term contract as his current deal is set to expire in less than two years.
In other Tottenham news, Dane Scarlett has scored his first senior goal at Portsmouth.