Elliot Anderson reveals bold Newcastle United aim amid loan interest from Sheffield Wednesday

Newcastle United’s Elliot Anderson has revealed his view on his short-term future – as clubs clamour to take him on loan.

Anderson helped Bristol Rovers win promotion to League One during a phenomenal half-season spell at the club last season.

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Anderson is wanted by a number of clubs, including Sheffield Wednesday, but United head coach Eddie Howe pledged to take a close look at him in pre-season before making a decision on his future.

And the teenage midfielder, for his part, hopes to stay at St James's Park this season – and play first-team football for the club.

“I want to be here,” said Anderson, who broke into Newcastle's first-team squad in the 2020/21 season. “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.”

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Anderson is enjoying being back at Newcastle for pre-season training. The 19-year-old said: “I think it’s been really good for me, 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 (on loan). 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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Elliot Anderson celebrates a scoring a promotion-winning goal for Bristol Rovers.

If he is to be loaned out this season, Anderson will want to play at the highest level possible.

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