By Sam Stone

19th Jul, 2022 | 7:08pm

West Brom handed boost in pursuit of Newcastle attacker Elliot Anderson

West Brom have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Newcastle United’s Elliot Anderson after Eddie Howe’s latest comments on the 19-year-old attacking midfielder.

The Northern Echo reported (13 June) that the Baggies have made contact with Newcastle over a potential loan move for Anderson, who spent last season on loan at League Two Bristol Rovers.

Magpies boss’ most recent comments could’ve dropped a hint as to where Anderson’s future lies in the 2022/23 season.

As quoted by Yorkshire Live on Tuesday 19 July, Howe said: “Nothing’s clear at this point.

“He’s in and around the group.

“I think if we feel he’ll play minutes, we’ll keep him.

“If he won’t play and contribute, we’ll loan him.”

Despite enjoying a prolific loan spell at Bristol Rovers, scoring eight times and notching five assists, it is surely unlikely that Anderson will be in starting contention for Newcastle come the start of the Premier League season.

The Magpies’ wealth of talent and potential incomings mean that minutes will surely be limited for the attacking midfielder should he remain in the North East.

Ultimately, a loan move does make sense and Steve Bruce should be actively looking to bring the exciting youngster to the club.

Bruce has made his intentions clear by looking for experience to bring to The Hawthorns so far this summer with John Swift, Jed Wallace and Okay Yokuslu joining the Baggies.

It would be nice to see some youth talent join Bruce’s ranks in the coming weeks to add some balance to his squad.

Anderson looks like a player who will be able to adapt to the Championship after proving himself to be well above League Two level.

If Newcastle do sanction his exit then Bruce must react to his availability.

In other West Brom news, a potential midfield addition could spell trouble for this Albion stalwart who needs to up his game to keep his place.

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