Local lad Elliot Anderson has continued to train with the Newcastle first-team since September. The 18-year-old made the bench in the Carabao Cup win at Newport County. His blistering form for Chris Hogg’s U23s team earned him an improved contract earlier this month.
Newcastle currently have a handful of promising youngsters out on loan, like Kelland Watts with Plymouth and Tom Allan with Accrington Stanley. The Chronicle is reporting that a number of clubs, even at the Championship level, would be interested in landing the midfielder on loan in January.
However, it appears that Newcastle will keep the youngster at the club for the remainder of the year according to The Chronicle. That could mean a debut is just around the corner for Anderson.
With the heavy holiday schedule fast approaching, Elliot could get that debut before January even comes around. One obvious candidate for a debut is our Carabao Cup quarterfinal at Brentford in late December.
Bruce will likely hand him a late cameo to start off with like he did with Watts and Allan last season. It’s important not to throw too much at the lad too quickly. Though it appears that he’ll be making his bow sooner rather than later.
His recent rise has also alerted England scouts. Anderson has made his debut for Scotland U19s but as Mark Douglas reports in his article, he could soon find himself in the England fold.