Elliot Anderson reveals Newcastle United preference amid Sheffield Wednesday interest

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Elliot Anderson was asked about his short-term future at Newcastle United amid loan interest.

Elliot Anderson admits his first choice is to stay at Newcastle United for the new Premier League season.

However, the teenage star is open to another loan move - if that is what Eddie Howe decides is best for his development.

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Anderson has featured in United’s opening three pre-season games so far with his two impressive performances in Austria not going unnoticed.

Against 1860 Munich, he was the Magpies’ brightest spell in the first half before shining in the final hour-mark against Mainz 05.

Newcastle United attacking midfielder Elliot Anderson. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)Newcastle United attacking midfielder Elliot Anderson. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)
Newcastle United attacking midfielder Elliot Anderson. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images) | Getty Images

The 19-year-old is certainly providing Howe will plenty of food for thought as he weighs up a decision on his short-term future.

Anderson has not looked out place in United’s line-up but faces competition from the likes of Bruno Guimaraes, Joelinton, Jonjo Shelvey, Joe Willock and Sean Longstaff.

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The Scotland under-21s star, however, is up for the challenge.

‘I want to be here’

“I want to be here,” Anderson told the local media after the 1-0 loss to Mainz 05 in Kufstein. “I want to force my way into the team, but, I guess, that’s the club’s decision.

“I’ve just got to work as hard as I can on the pitch, and see what happens.”

Anderson has been the subject of several enquiries from clubs in the Championship and League One, as well as Hearts in Scotland.

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After winning automatic promotion from League Two with Bristol Rovers last season, Anderson is keen to test himself in a higher division.

“I’ll explore that when it comes, but, obviously, you want to be playing as high as you can, push yourself.”

‘Pre-season has been really good for me’

Anderson is due to fly to Portugal with Newcastle on Thursday to take part in two friendlies.

The first game is understood to be against Burnley behind closed doors before taking on Benfica at the Estadio De Luz three days later.

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“I think it’s (pre-season) been really good for me,” Anderson continued. “Just trying to fit into the team, work on the way they play and try and impress.

“I just want to try and carry on the momentum I had. Obviously, it’s a lot higher standard, but I need to try and take what I did well (on loan) into these pre-season games.”

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