West Bromwich Albion killed their creativity by selling Matheus Pereira last summer, resulting in them being 17th in the Championship for goals (52) this season, so Steve Bruce is desperate to bring in goal-scorers and assist-makers when the transfer window opens.
One player on his radar is Elliot Anderson – a 19-year-old attacking-midfield who has impressed on loan at Bristol Rovers. Anderson has risen through the youth ranks to the fringes of Newcastle United’s first-team, scoring seven goals with five assists from 22 games for the U18s, scoring 16 goals with three assists from 32 games for the U23s and making two appearances at senior level.
Anderson outgrew reserve football at Newcastle, so he was sent to Rovers for the campaign. The decision has been vindicated as the Scottish youth international boasts seven goals, six assists, 41 successful dribbles from 21 League Two games, so it’s easy to see why West Brom are interested.
Anderson looks to have a bright future and is unlikely to command a starting place at Newcastle next season, so the Baggies should bring him to the Hawthorns on loan.