Elliot Anderson is at it again, scoring in Bristol Rovers’ 1-1 draw with Tranmere on Saturday afternoon.
The 19-year-old was described by Rovers boss Joey Barton as the best player he’s ever seen in League Two just last week, and he showed exactly why with another moment of magic during his hugely impressive loan spell away from St James’ Park.
With his side 1-0 down away to Tranmere – another promotion chasing side who would’ve leapfrogged them with a win – Anderson produced some lovely close control, a smart turn and emphatic finish to keep Bristol Rovers in the play-off places.
Watch his goal below, which took his tally up to four goals and three assists in 15 starts for the League Two side:
Anderson’s strike comes just a few days after Barton challenged the Toon teenager to add a few more goals to his game, feeling this was needed to grab Eddie Howe’s attention ahead of his return to Tyneside this summer:
“I think he is superb.
“I think our fans have taken to him because he gets you off your seat.
“You would be really pleased watching him have the ball for 90 minutes because he’s just got such quality.
“The challenge for him is getting that final (part), he gets in one-on-one and chops everyone but you need them goals.
“That’s what’s going to make Eddie Howe sit up and take notice because unfortunately, Eddie probably won’t watch our game. He would not watch but he’ll just see if Elliot has assisted or scored.
“For El, I think if you get sent from a Premier League club to League Two, he’s been getting loads of rave reviews, so he’ll be aware of it but to get anywhere near Newcastle’s first team next season with the money they might have available to them, he needs them goals or assists.“
A huge talent who is far too good for League Two and someone I’m excited to see work with Eddie Howe this summer.
He has the potential to become a future star at St James’ Park and could easily become our very own Phil Foden, looking like one of the most naturally gifted players our academy has produced for many years.