This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Elliot Anderson has had a breakout season competing in League Two for Bristol Rovers.
His performances have caught the attention of the likes of Coventry City, according to Teamtalk.
The 19-year old Newcastle United player has six goals and three assists from 18 league appearances this campaign.
Here, we ask our FLW writers whether Anderson has what it takes to make the step up to the Championship next season and whether he’d be a good addition for Mark Robins’ Sky Blues…
I really like the look of this potential deal, but I am not too sure if it is one that will happen.
Coventry City are progressing at an excellent rate, and so is Elliot Anderson, making the two a good fit.
Ultimately, half of the Championship are after the 19-year-old at the moment, and rightly so, but the level of competition that the Robins are facing means it will be a difficult one for the Sky Blues to complete.
However, Mark Robins is a brilliant manager who is not frightened to deploy youth in attacking positions, whilst he is someone who could be given a similar level of attacking freedom as Callum O’Hare.
His arrival would unlikely impact O’Hare’s starting XI position, instead, the versatility of the pair could be key in them forming an excellent bond.
There’s no doubt that Elliot Anderson has had an impressive 2022 so far.
Going away on loan to the other end of the country at Bristol Rovers has resulted in an impressive six goals and three assists in 18 League Two appearances for the 19-year-old.
His performances more than warrant attention from clubs such as Coventry City and a step up in levels next campaign.
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Although the Championship is a big jump from League Two, given we don’t really know Anderson’s full potential just yet, he might just be up to the task so I wouldn’t be put off by the fact he’s only playing in the fourth tier this campaign.
The most important thing the player and Newcastle should consider is his game time wherever he goes. Regular football is crucial in order to keep his development going.
With reports Callum O’Hare could be sold by Coventry this summer, there may well just be a nice hole in the attacking midfield areas that Anderson could fill for the Sky Blues this summer.
This is Coventry City all over.
The Sky Blues have been one of smartest operators in the EFL for some years now when it comes to recruitment and Anderson would be a very intriguing summer addition.
It does feel like the 19-year-old is going to skip League One and move to a Championship club next season, whether that will be on loan or in a permanent transfer.
Coventry will face plenty of competition for places for his signature, but Mark Robins has built a very strong reputation for developing young players in recent years and should be trusted by the Newcastle hierarchy for that.
Anderson and Callum O’Hare operating behind a central striker next season is a mouth-watering prospect and one that would take the Sky Blues a step further to building a more credible top six push.