This Newcastle United midfielder is quickly making a name for himself at his boyhood club
Anderson signed a new long-term contract at the club on his 18th birthday earlier this month, and the midfielder led by example in last night’s Papa John’s Trophy tie away to Bolton Wanderers after taking the captain’s armband at the University of Bolton Stadium.
Anderson, from Whitley Bay, scored two goals in a defeat for the Under-21s as the club bowed out of the competition at the group stage for the second successive season.
It was Anderson’s second goal which got Newcastle fans talking. The Scotland Under-19 international – who has been training with Steve Bruce’s first-team squad, and was named on the bench for the club’s Carabao Cup tie against Newport County in late September aged 17 – caught goalkeeper Billy Crellin off his line with a superb first-team volley from a lofted pass up the right from Jude Swailes.
Newcastle led 2-1 at the break thanks to his goals, and Anderson – who previously played for Wallsend Boys Club – came close to scoring a hat-trick in the second half. Bolton fought back to claim a 3-2 win.
Speaking about his new deal, Anderson said: “It's a year on from my first one, and when I got told that they were going to offer me a new contract, I was buzzing.”
Meanwhile, midfielder Rodrigo Vilca, signed last month from Peruvian club Deportivo Municipal, also played against Bolton along with defender Achraf Lazaar, who was left out of the club’s 25-man Premier League club.