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Luton Town manager Nathan Jones insists an injury issue meant a transfer window move for Newcastle United prospect Elliot Anderson was never going to happen, speaking to Luton Today. 

Much to the chagrin of many on Tyneside, exciting home-grown academy graduates have been in short supply since the turn of the century.

Apart from the Longstaff brothers and the long-departed Steven Taylor, an absence of talented up-and-comers flying through the ranks – in a hotbed of footballing passion – has been the cause of consternation and confusion. 

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The rapid rise of 18-year-old Anderson, however, should warm the cockles of everyone at St James’ Park. 

Whitley Bay-born and hugely talented, the attacking midfielder has scored plenty of goals for Newcastle at U23 level and it seems only a matter of time before he follows Sean and Matty Longstaff into the first-team picture. 

Steve Bruce, however, admitted a few months ago that a niggling hip injury was standing in Anderson’s way, not only regarding a role in Newcastle’s senior squad but also of a loan spell at an ambitious, forward-thinking Championship club. 

Newcastle talent Elliot Anderson is on Luton’s radar

“We know Elliot very well,” says Jones, who returned for a second spell in the Luton dugout after a disastrous stint at Stoke City.

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“We inquired about him in December but he’s been injured, so there was never any legs (in a transfer window bid). 

“Elliot’s someone we know about and is on our list, as are quite a lot of them. But he’s been injured. 

“He hasn’t done a pre-season, hasn’t trained, so no legs whatsoever in that.” 

Anderson recently returned to first-team training – a major boost for a Newcastle side that has started the season how you’d expect for a side with the same squad that looked in danger of relegation for much of last season. 

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