Newcastle United to review Elliot Anderson situation as teenager continues to dazzle at Bristol Rovers

Elliot Anderson has performed well above his expectations when he signed in January. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)Elliot Anderson has performed well above his expectations when he signed in January. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Elliot Anderson has performed well above his expectations when he signed in January. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images) | Getty Images
The on-loan Newcastle United midfielder has excelled at Bristol Rovers but there will need to be a decision on his long-term future

Newcastle United will closely review the situation of Bristol Rovers’ teenage sensation Elliot Anderson, reveals their first-team manager Eddie Howe.

Fans of the Gas have already expressed their desire to see the 19-year-old remain at the club for a further season given the impact he has already had.

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Signed following the relationship between Joey Barton and his former teammates Steve Harper and Shola Ameobi, Anderson has thrived having joined from one of his former clubs as a player.

In a previous answer, Anderson’s parent club boss Howe revealed his disappointment in him joining Rovers as he believed he could play at a higher level.

That’s an answer that doesn’t bode well if Rovers weren’t to get promoted this season as there could be a demand for him to join a higher league club.

Alternatively, the performances so far could put him in with a chance of breaking into the Magpies’ first-team once he returns to St James Park for pre-season.

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“I am so pleased for him,” Howe said. “When we came in, you could see he was a player of undoubted quality.

“I’d heard a lot of good things before working with him. He’s got a great attitude, he stays behind every day to work on certain aspects of his game.

“I was aware that he needed to go and play. We wanted that for him, we’re delighted he’s doing so well. I have said before it’s not a total surprise to me.

“I think he can play a lot higher than League Two but he has taken his opportunity. We will have to review it as we will with every player in the summer.”

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Anderson lit up the Mem once again on Tuesday evening, scoring his second goal in as many games, as he helped his side into the top seven for the first time this season.

The midfielder scored another great solo goal against Colchester United, which took his tally to three goals and two assists in the 12 games he’s played this season.

He is not the only loan player to excel at the club this season with centre-back duo Connor Taylor and James Connolly, also performing well for their age.

It is the experience of the youthful trio that could bode well for either keeping the players or getting someone of their ilk as they try and build up positive relationships with parent club.

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“For us, getting a good reputation for developing younger players is key for me as a young coach,” Barton aid.

“I want to work with the best talent in the world and to do that you’ve got to show during your apprenticeship that at every junction you get your hands on them, you develop them and they enjoy working for you and their game comes on leaps and bounds.”

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