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Hard to see Newcastle player making Matty Taylor-style move despite Bristol City links: Opinion

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There is no shortage of suitors for Newcastle United teenager Elliot Anderson this summer – with the latest reports indicating that up to 12 clubs are keen on signing him on loan after his exploits for Bristol Rovers in the second half of last season. 

Among those linked are the Gas’ fierce local rivals Bristol City but while any EFL squad would likely benefit from the addition of the Toon magician, it is hard to see Anderson following in the footsteps of Matty Taylor and going from hero to villain in the eyes of the Gasheads due to a link up with the Championship outfit.

His talent was clear to see last season as the 19-year-old played a vital role in Rovers’ promotion push. Joining the club on loan in January, the highly-rated Newcastle attacker scored eight goals and provided five assists as he helped the South West club win promotion via that dramatic final day victory against Scunthorpe.

It makes sense, then, that there are reportedly up to 12 teams keen on signing him but it would be a real surprise were City to get a deal done.

For one thing, the Robins look set to stick with their 3-4-1-2 formation this season and are well stocked in attacking midfield.

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They have a young playmaking maestro of their own in Alex Scott and have already added cover and competition for him in Mark Sykes, who has impressed in pre-season after joining on a free transfer from Oxford United.

Andreas Weimann was used in the number 10 role to great effect as well last season while Ayman Benarous should be back fit by the start of 2023 and Andy King is capable of filling in if necessary so it’s not an area they need to strengthen.

Nigel Pearson has been reluctant to use the loan market during his Ashton Gate tenure and has bemoaned the hidden cost of such deals. Again, that would seem to make a move for the Newcastle teenager unlikely.

Finally, from the Premier League club’s perspective, there is no sense in them sending Anderson to a club with such competition for places when there are so many others willing to take him on.

As much as City fans would love to pinch another Gas hero, it is hard to see the 19-year-old becoming 2022/23’s answer to Matty Taylor.

Someone in the EFL may well benefit from signing Anderson on loan this season but it is not going to be the Robins.


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

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Hard to see Newcastle player making Matty Taylor-style move despite Bristol City links: Opinion

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