Newcastle United confirm long-term deal for ‘natural talent’ that has impressed Eddie Howe

The youngster has been a real highlight since returning to Tyneside this summer.

Elliot Anderson wants to continue his improvement after committing his long-term future to Newcastle United.

The 19-year-old midfielder has enjoyed a progressive 12 months after his development was fast-tracked by an impressive loan spell at Bristol Rovers.

Working under former United midfielder Joey Barton, Anderson played an integral role in Rovers’ successful bid for promotion into League One and scored the late goal that secured third place in League Two in a 7-0 win over Scunthorpe United.

A further loan spell was expected to be signed during the summer, with several Championship and League One clubs showing an interest in the youngster.

But Anderson shone during training sessions alongside the Magpies senior stars and impressed throughout appearances in pre-season friendlies and that persuaded manager Eddie Howe to keep the Scotland Under-21 international on Tyneside.

Anderson has made three substitute appearances in the Premier League this season and made his first senior start in the Carabao Cup win at Tranmere Rovers.

He is now hoping to continue his development and expressed his delight at agreeing a new long-term deal at St James Park.

He told the club’s official website: “I’m really happy. I love playing for Newcastle United, and committing my future to the club is something I’ve really wanted to do.

“It was my aim coming back into pre-season to work hard and earn the opportunity to stick around. I have really enjoyed being with the first team group, so hopefully I can keep improving and contribute to the team.”

United manager Howe praised Anderson for earning his opportunity to prove himself at a senior level and described the youngster as ‘a natural talent’.

The Magpies boss said: “We are all delighted with Elliot’s development. He is a natural talent, but he also has an excellent work ethic and always wants to learn.

“I know our supporters will be especially pleased to see another local boy coming through from the Academy into the first team. Elliot has earned that chance, and he has set a great example to our young players.

“He is just at the start of his journey at this level but he has a very exciting future ahead and we are delighted that his journey will continue here.”

Anderson is currently on international duty with Scotland Under-21s and could add to his solitary cap when his side face home and away friendlies against Northern Ireland over the next week.