West Bromwich Albion have been handed a potential boost to their chances of securing a summer deal for Newcastle United youngster Elliot Anderson.
What’s the news?
He said: “I’d say for me, probably playing games is the most important thing, to be honest – carrying on my run that I have, and just trying to keep striving. Hopefully that’s here, or if it’s somewhere else on loan, I’ll be giving it my all.”
Now that the 19-year-old has shared his willingness to leave Tyneside on loan to a club where he’d be able to play regularly, this could give Albion the green light to launch a move to sign the attacking midfielder for the upcoming season.
Bruce needs him
The teenager completed his first loan move away from St James’ Park during the January transfer window as he saw out the second half of last season with Bristol Rovers in League Two.
Over 21 league appearances during this period, Anderson found the net eight times and supplied five assists as he helped the Pirates to win promotion, which shows why he’s seemingly so keen to start playing regularly again.
In his time at Bristol Rovers, the 19-year-old racked up 74 shots at goal, 32 crosses and 23 successful tackles, highlighting how dangerous he can be with his attacks and how useful he can be without the ball in terms of trying to win the ball back for his team.
Would you take Elliot Anderson on loan?
Bearing in mind how the Baggies failed to score in 18 of their Championship games last season, having a player like the Newcastle starlet – who has played under Steve Bruce before – in the team could be just what they need to make the team a lot more clinical in front of goal.
If Bruce’s former club would be willing to sanction a loan move to West Brom for Anderson, this would be a smart move from the Baggies and give their manager what he needs for the team in their hopes of securing promotion back to the Premier League.