Joey Barton explains Elliot Anderson Maradona claim and what it means for Newcastle and Bristol Rovers

‘I would have paid to watch him tonight’

<p>Elliot Anderson delivered another fine display at the Memorial Stadium. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)</p>

Elliot Anderson delivered another fine display at the Memorial Stadium. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Bristol Rovers manager Joey Barton described Elliot Anderson as ‘a huge talent’ and compared the Newcastle United youngster to Argentina legend Diego Maradona.

The Magpies prospect joined Bristol Rovers on loan for the remainder of the season in the final hours of the January transfer window and has gone on to make a big impact with the Gas.

The 19-year-old netted his first senior goal on his fifth Rovers appearance in a4-0 win at Stevenage and doubled his tally with a stunning solo effort inSaturday’s impressive home win against Harrogate Town.

Anderson was at it once again on Tuesday night as he struck the only goal of the home clash with Colchester United to help move Barton’s side claim a fourth win in five games and move into the League Two play-off places.

After the game, the Rovers boss reflected on ‘an outstanding performance’ from Anderson and praised the youngster for the attitude and ability he has shown since he agreed to join Rovers for the remainder of the campaign.

“I’ve been listening to Bill Shankly tapes a lot today,” he explained.

“He talked a lot about a 19-year-old Diego Maradona and how he slows down in the penalty area, exactly like Elliot Anderson does. Such a talent.

“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.

“That was our most difficult game of the season. They had a game plan to be condensed in central areas and catch us on the break.”

Anderson will hope to continue his fine form when Rovers visit fellow promotion contenders Northampton Town this weekend.