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Premier League starlet Elliot Anderson is ‘not going anywhere’ this summer amid interest from Championship duo West Brom and Burnley, Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe tells The Chronicle. 

While the lack of attacking additions remains a bone of contention on Tyneside, one player who looks to benefit from failed bids for the likes of James Maddison is a 19-year-old from Whitley Bay who, with all due respect to the Longstaff siblings, looks by far and away the most exciting academy graduate to emerge from Tyneside in many a year. 

19-year-old Anderson has sparkled in pre-season, cutting in from devastating effect off the left. What’s more, he’s already proven he can handle the hustle and bustle of men’s football. There arguably wasn’t a better player in League Two last season than Anderson, a driving force behind Bristol Rovers’ successful promotion bid. 

“He’s so fearless in terms of getting the ball, driving at players and making things happen,” says former Newcastle U23 team-mate Owen Bailey.  

“He wants to be the player who makes the difference. You want to give him the ball, he’s exciting, he gets people out of their seats and can make something happen out of nothing.  

“The sky really is the limit for him.” 

Elliot Anderson ready for Newcastle United breakthrough

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According to The Sun’s Alan Nixon, Burnley and West Bromwich Albion are two of the clubs who were looking to take Anderson on loan again for 2022/23. Howe appears to have slammed down the shutters, however, with the teenager ready to make his mark in black-and-white. 

“As we stand, right now, he’s not going anywhere,” Howe said before Saturday’s opener with Nottingham Forest. 

“Setting targets is difficult. I look at daily progression. He’s came in and been like a new signing for us and we’ve seen a big elevation in his overall performance. Physically, he’s been very good during pre-season and came back very fit. 

“He’s a very useful player for us to have and a great character too. Quite a quiet character in the group but he’s steely with his determination. We like him a lot.” 

Bristol Rovers boss Joey Barton even went as far as to liken Anderson to one Diego Maradona earlier this year. High praise indeed. 

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