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“Could turn out to be a very clever bit of business” – Sheffield Wednesday eye Newcastle transfer: The verdict

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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…

Sheffield Wednesday are one of the clubs that have shown an interest in Newcastle United‘s Elliot Anderson, according to inews

A loan move to the Owls is said to have fallen through previously and now they’re alongside Championship clubs such as Millwall, Middlesbrough, Sheffield United, and West Bromwich Albion in holding an interest on the back of his form at Bristol Rovers.

But would he be a good signing for the Owls? And would a deal hinge on promotion?

We quizzed our FLW writers for their thoughts…

Alfie Burns

Elliot Anderson has been superb since joining Bristol Rovers and there’s not really any denying at this stage that he’s more than good enough to play a higher level than League Two.

That being said, I don’t think that Sheffield Wednesday’s chances of signing Anderson will be dependent on promotion into the Championship.

He’d be a great signing for them and if they can pitch themselves to Newcastle in a manner that convinces them he can develop at Hillsborough, they will be in with a shot of signing him.

League One is still a division that will help develop Anderson further, even if his current quality does suggest he should be playing in the Championship.

So, you’d think that if Sheffield Wednesday can get their pitch right, it wouldn’t matter which division they are playing in next season. They can still offer Anderson an exciting project, which gives them a chance.

Josh Cole

This could turn out to be a very clever bit of business by the Owls if they are able to secure the services of Anderson this summer as the 19-year-old has excelled during his loan spell at Bristol Rovers.

Having provided 10 direct goal contributions in the second-tier, Anderson is arguably ready to make the step up in level and thus could prove to be an asset for the Owls.

However, in order to win the race for Anderson, Wednesday may need to seal promotion to the Championship as Newcastle will be keen for him to play at a high level next season.

The Owls face a tough task in the play-offs as they will need to overcome Sunderland before facing either Wycombe Wanderers or Milton Keynes Dons in the final of this competition.

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Declan Harte

Anderson certainly looks like an exciting prospect at only 19-years old.

A move to Sheffield Wednesday would likely hinge on the side earning promotion to the Championship in the next few weeks.

Given he is being linked with the likes of Sheffield United and West Brom, Newcastle may prefer to see Anderson competing in the second division next season.

Anderson also looks ready to compete at that level having impressed while with Bristol Rovers this campaign.

It would be a great signing if Wednesday can pull it off, but everything will rely on gaining promotion via the play-offs.


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

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